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Turkey a la King Recipe with Leftovers

Turkey a la King is an easy one-pot meal that comes together in 20 minutes. It’s a deliciously creamy Leftover Turkey Recipe that you’ll want to make all year.

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Turkey a la King is a quick and easy comfort dish meal that comes together in under 20 minutes. 

Leftover Turkey a la King is a great way to use up leftover chicken or turkey, and the ways to serve it is endless.

This family favorite uses ordinary ingredients and is a perfect answer for when they ask “what’s for dinner?”!

Growing up, Turkey ala King would have been considered a foreign dish.

We were a meat and potatoes family with all of the benefits of fresh fruit and vegetables you can find in a midwest agricultural community.

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What does a la king mean?

Simply, the definition of à la king means “served in a cream sauce with mushrooms and pimiento or green peppers”.

In our opinion, à la king means easy comfort food. It’s like a pot pie without the crust.

This Recipe for Turkey a la King is a favorite in our kitchen and believe it will be yours for the following reasons:

  • Uses ordinary ingredients.
  • Versatile ingredients make it a recipe your family will love.
  • Perfect for using leftovers.
  • Tastes just as good the second day as the first.
  • One-pot recipe.
  • Done in less than 20 minutes.

We make this recipe a lot after Thanksgiving when we’re going through our leftover turkey recipes such as our Leftover Turkey Casserole.

You know, when you don’t dare serve one more turkey sandwich? The flavors in this Turkey a la King converts turkey into a brand new meal.

It’s also great for converting dry turkey into a creamy dish that the whole family will love.

How to make Turkey a la King

There are basically three steps in making the easy Turkey a la King recipe.

  1. Saute the vegetables
  2. Create the cream sauce using flour and stock followed by cream.
  3. Add turkey.

I told you it was easy right?

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Variations you can make to this Turkey a la King Recipe

The definition in this recipe states that it’s made with mushrooms and pimentos.

We didn’t use pimentos because I rarely have them on hand. We love mushrooms in this recipe so always get some when I do my holiday shopping for our leftover recipes.

Vegetables – We’ll also include celery, onions, carrots or green or red peppers. You can clean out the vegetable drawer with this recipe!

Butter – We used unsalted but you can use salted. If you do taste the dish before salting it further. You can substitute the butter for cooking oil.

Turkey – This recipe is delicious with leftover chicken too. I’ve grabbed a rotisserie chicken on the way home from work for an Easy Chicken a la King dinner.

Stock – Here’s another great way to use leftovers! Use leftover turkey stock or thin your turkey gravy to a stock-like consistency. The flavor will be over the top!

Cream – Just a little bit really adds a richness and velvety smooth texture to the dish. You can substitute the cream for half-and-half or even milk. Any variety will do.

That makes it perfect at any time of year! It’s warm comfort food in the winter and quick enough to make that it will not heat up the kitchen in the summer.

Close up of Turkey a la King on a gray plate shows chunks of turkey in a cream sauce dotted with red pepper, mushrooms, and green onion.

How to Serve Turkey a la King

  • Leftover Turkey a la King is delicious served over leftover mashed potatoes, stuffing, or dressing!
  • Spoon it over baked puff pastry or refrigerator biscuits for a semi-homemade meal.
  • Rice is delicious and adds whole grain to your meal.
  • Noodles make Turkey a la King a kiddo favorite. We love the wide noodles because they hold up well with this dish.

Leftover Turkey Recipes

Any dish that calls for cooked chicken or turkey are perfect for using leftover turkey. Here are a few you may enjoy.

You don’t need a lot of fancy equipment to make this recipe. One of the most used skillets in my kitchen is my braiser. I love the wide bottom for even cooking.

We also use silicone spatulas. They don’t scratch our cookware and wear like iron. They’re cost-effective and the colors are FUN!

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5 from 4 votes

Turkey a la King

Turkey a la King is an easy one-pot meal that comes together in under 20 minutes. It's a deliciously creamy Leftover Turkey recipe that you'll want to make all year long.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 8
Author Julie Menghini

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter salted or unsalted
  • 1/4 cup red pepper green or other colors work too
  • 1/4 cup green onions may substitute other variety
  • 1 cup mushrooms I use portobella but any variety will work
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth 14.5 oz can works
  • 1/2 cup cream half-n-half or milk will work
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • cups turkey cooked, shredded or diced

Instructions

  • In the bottom of a large skillet, melt the butter. Add the red pepper, onion, and mushrooms. Saute until al dente or 5 minutes on medium-high.
  • Stir in flour. Continue stirring until smooth. Add the chicken stock.
  • Slowly drizzle in the cream, and stir using a spatula until the mixture starts to thicken.
  • Add the cooked turkey. Stir to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve immediately.

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Nutrition

Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 503mg | Potassium: 184mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 768IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg
This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.
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Recipe Rating




Jennifer Stewart

Thursday 10th of September 2020

The epitome of comfort food! My mom used to make this growing up and now I can make it like she did!

Julie Menghini

Thursday 10th of September 2020

I agree! Thanks, Jennifer!

Michaela Kenkel

Tuesday 8th of September 2020

I used this recipe for leftover baked chicken we had Sunday -- served it over biscuits and we LOVED it!

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 9th of September 2020

That's one of our favorite ways too, Michaela! Thank you.

Kathleen

Monday 7th of September 2020

Oddly enough, I baked a turkey breast a week ago and was trying to figure out what to make with our leftovers, this was SOOO yummy! Thank you, my mom made this growing up, but I haven't made it in years!

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 9th of September 2020

Thank you, Kathleen! We don't utilize turkey breasts nearly enough.

Deb Clark

Sunday 6th of September 2020

We loved this! I didn't have turkey, but used chicken and it was a great way to repurpose leftovers - thanks for another amazing recipe!!

Julie Menghini

Monday 7th of September 2020

I love both too! Thanks, Deb!