Leftover Essentials: Turkey A La King

Andy Anderson !


This is an excellent recipe for using up some of that leftover turkey. I am not sure if you can actually call this an A La King; however, that was the name that struck me, as I was assembling it.

It is fairly easy to make, and only takes about 30 minutes from kitchen to table.

FYI: This makes a brilliant filling for a turkey pot pie… So yummy.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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10 Min
25 Min
Stove Top



  • 1 Tbsp
    sweet butter, unsalted
  • 1 Tbsp
    olive oil, extra virgin
  • 8 oz
    white or brown button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 stalk(s)
    celery, chopped
  • 1/2 c
    yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 c
    chicken or turkey stock, not broth, or an equal amount of leftover turkey gravy
  • 3 Tbsp
    flour, all-purpose variety
  • 1 c
    coconut milk, or regular milk
  • 2 1/2 c
    leftover turkey (white or dark), cubed
  • 1 c
    peas, frozen variety
  • 1 large
    carrot, peeled and diced
  • ·
    salt, kosher variety, to taste
  • ·
    white pepper, freshly ground, to taste

  • ·
    long-grain white rice, for serving

  • ·
    cayenne pepper
  • ·
    fresh tarragon leaves
  • ·
    black pepper, freshly ground
  • ·
    flat-leaf parsley, freshly chopped
  • ·
    thyme, freshly chopped

How to Make Leftover Essentials: Turkey A La King


  2. Gather your Ingredients (mise en place).
  3. Add the butter and olive oil to a large skillet, over medium heat.
  4. When the butter melts, give the pan a swirl, and add the mushrooms, celery, and yellow onion.
  5. Cook the veggies, stirring often, until they have softened, about 6 – 8 minutes.
  6. Chef’s Tip: You might want to add a pinch of salt to the ingredients, to get the cooking process started.
  7. In a small bowl, whisk the flour and chicken stock together.
  8. Chef’s Tip: If you have any leftover turkey gravy this is the perfect dish for it. Just substitute the gravy for the chicken or turkey stock, and reduce the amount of flour to one tablespoon. So yummy.
  9. Add the liquid to the veggies and stir to combine.
  10. Add the milk.
  11. Allow the ingredients to simmer until thickened, about 3 – 4 minutes.
  12. Chef’s Tip: Do not allow the pan to come up to a boil… Just a nice simmer.
  13. Add the turkey, peas and carrots.
  14. Simmer until the carrots begin to soften, about 5 – 7 minutes.
  15. Chef’s Note: As the pan is simmering, add a bit of salt and white pepper, to taste. And possibly some of the other spices that I suggested. Make it as spicy, or bland as you wish...

    After all... You are the chef :-)
  17. Serve over a pile of steaming long-grain white rice. Enjoy.
  18. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Leftover Essentials: Turkey A La King

Course/Dish: Turkey
Main Ingredient: Turkey
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Low Fat Low Sodium Soy Free
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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