Turkey A La King is an easy weeknight dinner perfect for using up leftover turkey made with mushrooms, carrots, and peas in a creamy white sauce.
This Dinner Recipe is inspired by the classic dish, Chicken A La King, but made with turkey instead of chicken. The turkey tastes just as delicious in the creamy sauce and it all comes together in 30 minutes. It’s the perfect dish to use up any leftover turkey recipes.
TURKEY A LA KING
Turkey A La King is a rich, warm comfort food recipe that is sure to become a family favorite. The tender turkey is served in a rich and creamy sauce with mushrooms, carrots, peas, and a few other veggies. Then the whole dish is served over toast or Fluffy Rice. It’s one of those dinner recipes that’s absolutely perfect to enjoy on a chilly evening. The turkey is hearty, warming, and the creamy sauce makes the simple recipe absolutely delicious.
If you have leftover turkey from Thanksgiving or another meal and are looking for a way to repurpose it, this classic dish is the way to go. It’s a one-pot, 30-minute meal with crowd-pleasing ingredients, and easy-to-follow directions!
The creamy dish that this is based on, Chicken a la King, is typically served over rice or toast just like we’ve suggested in this recipe. However, there are a lot of ways you can enjoy the turkey and creamy sauce. Lots of people love serving it over egg noodles for a rich pasta dish. You can also ladle Turkey a la King over Baked Biscuits for a more Southern-inspired dish.
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TIPS FOR MAKING TURKEY A LA KING
- Prep time: Start by prepping your ingredients. Slice the fresh mushrooms, celery ribs, yellow onion, and carrots into thin slices. You’ll also want to cut the cooked turkey into small cubes.
- Vegetable mixture: Put a large saucepan over medium-high heat and add butter to the base. Shift the pan so that the butter coats the base of the pan, then add in the mushrooms, celery, onion, and carrots. Cook the vegetables for 8-10 minutes until they are nicely softened.
- Cream Sauce: Add the chicken broth, flour, salt, rosemary, thyme, and milk to a mixing bowl. Whisk together until smooth. Then add the sauce over the vegetables. Cook the mixture for 10-12 minutes until thickened.
- Finish: Stir in the cooked turkey and peas. Continue cooking for 4-5 minutes until the meat is warmed through. Then serve over rice or toast.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
To make an easy wine cream sauce to go with your turkey, use one part broth and one part white wine for the cream sauce mixture.
If you want to make the sauce extra thick and creamy, you can simply use heavy cream to replace part or all of the milk in the recipe.
Experiment with the flavors in this dish by adding seasonings like a dash of onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, sage, or oregano.
You can also add new ingredients to the mixed vegetables in the recipe. Try adding green pepper, bell peppers, pimiento, green beans, green onions, or cauliflower along with the vegetables already in the dish.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH TURKEY A LA KING
HOW TO STORE TURKEY A LA KING
- Serve: Serve Turkey a La King over rice or toast while it’s still warm. If there are any leftovers, don’t leave them at room temperature for more than 2 hours.
- Store: Once the recipe has cooled, you can put it in an airtight container to store in the fridge for 3-5 days.
- Freeze: For longer storage, put the sealed dish in the freezer for up to 3 months. Let it defrost in the refrigerator overnight before reheating and serving.
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 8 ounces crimini mushrooms , sliced
- 1 stalk celery , thinly sliced
- 1/2 yellow onion , chopped
- 1 carrot , peeled and diced
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 2 cups chicken broth , plus any drippings from the turkey
- 2 cups whole milk
- 2 cups cooked turkey breast , cut into 1 inch chunks
- 1 cup frozen peas
- Add butter to a large heavy skillet on medium heat.
- Add in mushrooms, celery, onion, and carrots, stirring well.
- Cook for 8-10 minutes until vegetables are softened.
- Whisk together flour, salt, rosemary, thyme, broth, and milk until smooth.
- Add into the pot and stir well.
- Cook for 10-12 minutes until thickened.
- Stir in cooked turkey and peas until warmed through, about 4-5 minutes.
- Serve over cooked rice or toast.