Easy Turkey à la King

Turkey a la King

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
1008 Calories
60g Fat
18g Carbs
96g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 1008
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 60g 77%
Saturated Fat 29g 143%
Cholesterol 405mg 135%
Sodium 885mg 38%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Protein 96g
Calcium 182mg 14%
*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.)

Turkey à la king is a simple recipe made with leftover turkey and vegetables. Serve on toast, split baked biscuits, hot cooked rice, or noodles. It's great on puff pastry shells or cornbread wedges as well. For a lower-carb dish, serve turkey à la king with spaghetti squash, zucchini or summer squash noodles, or cauliflower rice.

You could also use chicken in the recipe or add some ham to the turkey or chicken. It's also tasty with peas and carrots, mixed vegetables, or canned or frozen artichokes.


  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 to 6 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups half-and-half or milk
  • 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 2 1/2 cups turkey breast, cooked, cubed
  • 1 (2-ounce) jar pimientos, chopped
  • 1 dash onion powder
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for turkey à la king
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  2. Melt the butter in a sauté pan or medium saucepan over medium heat.

    Melted butter in a pan
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  3. When the butter stops foaming, add the chopped green pepper and mushrooms. Cook, stirring for about 4 to 5 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender and mushrooms are browned.

    Mushrooms and green peppers in a pan
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  4. Remove the vegetables to a bowl with a slotted spoon and set aside.

    Mushrooms and green peppers in a bowl
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  5. Add the flour to the pan; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.

    Flour mixture in a pan
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  6. Gradually add the half-and-half or milk and cream of mushroom soup. Stir and cook until smooth and thickened.

    Cream mixture in pan
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  7. Add the turkey and chopped pimientos to the pan along with the cooked green pepper and mushrooms. Add a dash of onion powder. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed. Mix well and heat through.

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  8. Serve and enjoy.

How to Store

  • Leftover turkey à la king should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge. Eat within three days.
  • Reheat leftovers in the microwave, stirring often, or on the stovetop.

Recipe Variations

  • Replace the turkey with diced chicken, tuna, shrimp, or ham, or use part turkey or chicken with some diced ham.
  • Add about 1/4 cup of diced celery to the butter along with the mushrooms and bell pepper.
  • Add 1/4 cup of chopped sweet onions or green onions (scallions) to the butter along with the mushrooms and bell pepper.
  • Omit the green bell pepper or the mushrooms, if desired.
  • Replace the mushrooms with quartered artichoke hearts (canned or frozen cooked).
  • Add frozen cooked peas, a blend of peas and carrots, or mixed vegetables to the sauce along with the turkey.
  • Replace the condensed cream of mushroom soup with condensed cream of chicken, cream of chicken with herbs, or cream of celery soup.
  • Not a fan of condensed soup? Add 2 extra tablespoons of butter, 2 extra tablespoons of flour, and one cup of chicken stock. Omit the soup. Taste and adjust the seasonings.
  • Replace the pimientos with drained and chopped roasted red peppers or omit them altogether.

What Does à la King Mean?

The phrase "à la king" refers to a poultry dish that is served in a cream sauce with mushrooms, bell pepper, and/or pimiento. The most popular version is chicken à la king.