Creamy Tuna à la King

Tuna or chicken a la king
Chicken or tuna a la king on a puff pastry shell Thomas Firak Photography / Getty Images
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 30 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
223 Calories
11g Fat
19g Carbs
13g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 223
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 696mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 6mg 32%
Calcium 119mg 9%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 393mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Creamy tuna à la king is a comfort food that can be on the table in around 30 minutes. Great for those weekend nights when you're in a rush and trying to figure out what to eat; these ingredients can usually be found in most pantries and refrigerators. A simple can of tuna, celery, onion, peas, cream of mushroom soup, seasonings and spices, can provide a warm, delicious meal for you and your family.

Serve this creamy tuna a la king over toast points, puff pastry shells, or biscuits, or use this as a topping for baked potatoes or cooked white rice.

Great for cool evenings in the fall or winter, this recipe may be made with cooked chicken, salmon, or turkey, as well. 


  • 3 tablespoons margarine

  • 1 cup chopped celery, about 2 stalks

  • 1/2 cup chopped onion, about 1 small onion

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1 dash freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1 large egg, beaten

  • 1 (10 1/2-ounce) can cream of mushroom soup

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice

  • 1/8 teaspoon thyme

  • 1 cup peas, canned and drained, or frozen

  • 1 can white tuna in water, drained

  • 3 tablespoons chopped water chestnuts

  • Toast points, or chow mein noodles, for garnish

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Saute celery and onion in margarine until tender.

  3. Blend in flour, salt, and pepper.

  4. Mix milk, beaten egg, and soup.

  5. Add them to the first mixture.

  6. Cook over low heat until the sauce is thick and smooth.

  7. Add Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, and thyme.

  8. Lastly, add peas and tuna.

  9. Heat and serve over warm chow mein noodles or toast points.


  • If frozen peas are used, cook until tender and drain before adding.

Recipe Variation

  • Switch it up and replace the tuna with 1 cup of chopped cooked chicken, or salmon, or turkey.
  • Use 1 cup of cooked mixed vegetables in place of the peas.
  • This recipe is a great way to use up leftover proteins you might have in the fridge, whether it be rotisserie chicken, baked salmon, or turkey.

How to Store Tuna à la King

  • Leftover tuna à la king can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.
  • Reheat leftovers in the microwave or in a skillet on medium heat until warm.