Leftover Turkey: Turkey a la King #Recipe


leftover turkey dinner

Turkey a la King 

There are so many great dishes to make from Turkey leftovers it’s almost impossible to narrow it down to one. Turkey a la King is simple, filling and can be put together in minutes. It may be called Turkey a la King, but it’s fit for a Queen!

Turkey ala King ingredients


  • Turkey
  • Peas
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Onions
  • Mushrooms
  • Milk
  • Flour
  • Butter
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Puff Pastry Shells
  • Salt & Pepper

White Sauce or Bechamel Sauce

Start by making a simple white sauce.

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 2  1/2 cups milk, heated (you can also use heavy cream or half & half) I used low fat half & half, because well, that’s all I had!  
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1/4 tsp of nutmeg
  • 1 fresh sage leaf 

Melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in the flour and stirring continuously, without letting it brown — about 2-4 minutes. Add the heated milk, and sage leaf, continuing to stir as the sauce thickens. Bring it to a low boil. Add salt and pepper to taste, lower the heat and continue stirring for 2 to 3 minutes more. Remove from the heat. 


Turkey Mixture

  • 2 cups diced leftover Turkey
  • 1 cup of leftover carrots
  • 1 cup of peas
  • 1 cup of sliced mushrooms
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped sweet onion  
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth or turkey gravy
NOTE: I chop extra onion & celery when I’m making my stuffing & save it to use in my turkey leftover dishes
Melt butter in skillet with thyme. Stir in onion and celery and heat until it becomes translucent. Stir in the remaining ingredients. When heated through combine turkey mixture with white sauce. 
recipe for turkey a la king

Turkey Mixture


Turkey a la King, Fit for a Queen

Turkey a la King, Fit for a Queen

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Turkey and Stuffing Pasty by Small Wallet Big Appetite

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Leftover Turkey and Sausage Gumbo by My Catholic Kitchen

Turkey Mornay Open-Face Sandwiches by The Weekend Gourmet

Leftover Mashed Potatoes and Beef Croquettes by Pippis in the Kitchen Again

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Turkey and Mushroom Risotto by Comfy Cuisine

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Sweet Potato Spice Cake with Pecan Streusel Topping by Shockingly Delicious

Chocolate Peanut Butter Potato Frosting by Yummy Smells

Wine Pairings for the Recipes Featured

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Join the  #SundaySupper  conversation about Thanksgiving Leftovers on November 18. It starts at 7pm EST 

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What’s your favorite recipe for leftover turkey? 

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  1. Goodness gracious!! This looks amazing! I will definitely want to try this winter for sure

  2. So creamy and delicious – I swear I am wanting to make a second turkey just so I can try all of these great recipes!

  3. A la King (or Queen) is one of my favorite comfort dishes. YUMMY! Hope you have an amazing Thanksgiving.

  4. Yum! What a great use of lots of leftovers!

  5. Fast and easy! Love it!

  6. A child hood favorite of mine, your dish looks amazing and is a terrific way to use Thanksgiving leftovers!

  7. WOW all I can say is YUMM!!! Pinning!

  8. Patti says:

    Oh that puff pastry just makes this dish!

  9. I can’t remember the last time I had Turkey, and I don’t know why. I love it! Great looking recipe!

  10. Conni Smith says:

    Oh boy! This looks FANTASTIC!!!

  11. Dara says:

    Yum yum!!!! This looks delish.

  12. Love this Sunday Supper theme! This looks and sounds simple and comforting!

  13. Laura Hunter says:

    Chicken a la king has always been on my favourite comfort foods list so this sounds like a perfect way to use turkey leftovers

  14. Can’t remember the last time I had Turkey a la King. Yum!

  15. Yummo! I love turkey-a-la-king. Have a wonderful holiday!

  16. Sarah says:

    oh my goodness! This looks so good. I feel like I can eat Turkey for a couple more weeks after Thanksgiving with all of these wonderful recipes. And this dish may fit with my diet. So exciting!

  17. My BFF and I were just talking about this last week–I haven’t made it in ages–think I’ll pick up some of those shells and make it this weekend!

  18. I love the puff pastry overflowing with creamy goodness. Yum!

  19. Faye Leong says:

    Oh my…this looks delicious. I am going to try this soon. Thank you for sharing.

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