Turkey a la King {take 2}

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Turkey ala king is a favorite way to use all those Thanksgiving leftovers.  It’s creamy, crunchy and I shove as many veggies in here as I possibly can. Heaven in a puff pastry shell!

turkey a la king

Happy Friday! Today, because it’s the day after Thanksgiving and because I made an awesome turkey and because I’m feeling extra stuffed, I’ve decided to take one of my very favorite recipes that I blogged about a few years ago and bring it right to the front. This is my very favorite thing to make and eat with all that leftover turkey. It hardly takes any time at all to throw together and everyone loves it!! It’s creamy, crunchy and I shove as many veggies in here as I possibly can. Heaven in a puff pastry shell! 

If you’ve never tried this Turkey ala King recipe or seen it from the archives, here ya go. Enjoy! 


Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I was able to start the day doing a 12k Turkey Trot with my brother and sister-in-law. The trail where we were running was snowy and icy (and someone even ended up breaking their ankle!!) but I’m sure glad I went  because I needed a calorie burn before I started  pigging out! I certainly love a good Thanksgiving! And, I especially love being able to celebrate two with me being Canadian and all!

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Oh, I also went a little crazy and stayed up until midnight with a huge crowd at Walmart to get a few small Christmas gifts. With some of those black friday deals, I couldn’t resist! One word to describe the mayham: “INSANE”. So to all you deal finders, good luck out there today! It’s going to be nuts!

Now, onto this great dinner recipe that will use your leftover turkey and come together in less than 30 minutes! I would like to introduce you all to a beautiful thing called Turkey a la King. Basically, it’s like an easier version of chicken pot pie made with turkey that takes no time and/or effort at all to whip up. My mom used to make these all the time for us kids growing up because it was so darn easy and we all loved it. Plus, they look fancy because I used puff pastry shells. Back home, they are packaged and advertised as Vol au Vent shells, so when I asked about them at the store, people thought I was loopy. Let me save you the hassle and say they aren’t called that here! This is what they look like in the box. I found these right next to the puff pastry in the freezer section. And, If I can find these in this small town, then odds are, you’ll be able to find them too.

turkey ala king

So, you just bake these shells in the oven and then make the Turkey a la King filling. Did I mention I use leftover turkey and frozen vegetables? This recipe is seriously a no brainer. Anyways, once everything is cooked, you scoop out the center to your shell, fill it with this creamy turkey filling and then dig in! That’s it! Easy as pie! And, as always, here’s the handy dandy printable version of the recipe! Have a great holiday weekend!

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Turkey a la King {take 2}

Turkey ala king is a favorite way to use all those Thanksgiving leftovers.  It's creamy, crunchy and I shove as many veggies in here as I possibly can. Heaven in a puff pastry shell! 
servings 6 servings
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins


  • 6 whole Puff Pastry Shells
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • ½ cups Minced Onion Or Shallot
  • 2 Tablespoons All-purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth
  • 3/4 cups Heavy Cream
  • 1/8 teaspoons Poultry Seasoning
  • 1 pinch Ground Thyme
  • Salt And Pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cup Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey or Chicken
  • 1/2 cups Steamed Broccoli
  • 1 cup Frozen Vegetables Of Your Choice


  • Bake puff pastry shells according to package directions.
  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and saute onions until tender, 3-5 minutes. Stir in flour and cook 1 minute. Increase heat to medium high. Slowly whisk in chicken broth. Let the sauce come to a boil to thicken.
  • Reduce heat to medium low and stir in cream, poultry seasoning, thyme, salt, pepper, turkey, and vegetables. Keep warm on the stove top until ready to serve.
  • To serve, remove the center of a puff pastry shell and pour in the mixture.


Calories: 468kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 350mg | Potassium: 245mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2155IU | Vitamin C: 13.9mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: thanksgiving leftovers, turkey a la king
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9 Responses
  1. Katie Lynn

    I know what vol au vents are, but then I speak french and like fancy cuisine. I’m guessing you were just talking to the wrong people.

  2. Donna

    5 stars
    You are a life saver! I lost my recipe for this and it’s one of my favorites. YUM!!!!Thank you so much-I’ll be making this a LOT. We always have ours on homemade biscuits tho.

  3. Cookin' Canuck

    5 stars
    This is exactly the way I make “chicken pot pie” in my house and my family loves it. Great way to use up leftover turkey, Lauren!

  4. Linda | The Urban Mrs

    5 stars
    You’re so brave to do the 12k Turkey Trot and of course, Walmart, during your pregnancy. That’s very inspiring! And this turkey recipe is so wonderful – fancy and yet quick and easy. Yum!

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