Chicken A La King

Chicken A La King is a creamy weeknight dinner ready in under 30 minutes with tender chicken, mushrooms, bell peppers, carrots, and peas.

Delicious Chicken Ă  la King is an easy one-pot Dinner Recipe. The chicken and veggies are cooked in a rich creamy sauce that’s perfect served over toast or Fluffy Rice for the ultimate comfort food. 

Chicken Ă  la King served over wavy egg noodles in bowl with fork

CHICKEN A LA KING

Chicken Ă  la King is a classic chicken dish made with a creamy sauce with mushrooms, peppers, and other vegetables. It’s one of those dinner recipes you can throw together in under a half-hour, and it never disappoints.

The name of the creamy chicken dish might make you think it comes from France or somewhere exotic, but it’s actually an American recipe. Well, most likely it’s American. There are several conflicting accounts of where this delicious dish originated. One of them claims Chicken A La King was created in London at the Claridge’s Hotel. However, most other accounts place it somewhere in the US, although, whether that’s New York, Philadelphia, or Miami is up for debate. No matter where it came from, one thing that can be agreed on is how delicious it tastes. 

Chicken Ă  la King collage of prep steps

The creamy chicken dish is perfect for the next time you have leftover Rotisserie Chicken or any other pre-cooked chicken. Simply slice the leftover chicken into bite-sized cubes and add it to the creamy sauce with the other easy ingredients for a quick meal that the whole family is sure to love. 

Chicken Ă  la King is classically served over toast or rice. Some people also enjoy the meal over pasta. It goes particularly well over a bed of egg noodles. The combination of chicken, creamy sauce, veggies, and rice, bread, or noodle base makes it a filling and comforting dish that you won’t be able to get enough of. 

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TIPS FOR MAKING CHICKEN A LA KING

  • Vegetables: Start the recipe by slicing the onion, fresh mushrooms, celery, green pepper, and carrots into thin pieces. Add your butter to a large skillet and turn the stove heat to medium. Add the sliced vegetables to the melted butter and stir well. Give the vegetables an 8-10 minute cook time until they’re slightly softened. 
  • Cream sauce: In a bowl, combine the flour, salt, broth, and milk. Whisk until the creamy mixture is smooth. Then pour it over the vegetables. 
  • Chicken: Add the boneless chicken breast pieces. Continue cooking over medium-high heat until the chicken is golden brown at the edges and the sauce is thickened—it should take about 10 minutes. Lastly, stir in the peas. Serve over rice, toast, or pasta right away. 

Chicken Ă  la King finished cooking in pot

VARIATIONS ON CHICKEN A LA KING

  • Vegetables: You can try adding a variety of extra veggies into this recipe. Cauliflower, green beans, broccoli, red potatoes, corn, or spinach would all taste amazing and add some variety. 
  • Seasonings: Experiment with the flavors of the Chicken Ă  la King by adding in spices and seasonings. Garlic powder, paprika, rosemary, oregano, onion powder, or thyme would all bring a unique new twist to the recipe. 
  • Cream sauce: If you want a thicker and richer cream sauce, just use heavy cream. You can use heavy cream to replace part or all of the milk depending on how rich you want the dish to be. 

WHAT TO SERVE WITH CHICKEN A LA KING

HOW TO STORE CHICKEN A LA KING

  • Serve: After cooking, serve the chicken right away. It will stay good at room temperature for up to 2 hours. 
  • Store: After that, you should transfer Chicken Ă  la King to airtight containers to store in the fridge for 3-5 days. 
  • Freeze: You can also store the chicken in the freezer for up to 3 months. Just let it defrost in the fridge before reheating the recipe on the stovetop. 

Chicken Ă  la King finished cooking in pot

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Chicken A La King

Chicken A La King is a creamy weeknight dinner ready in under 30 minutes with tender chicken, mushrooms, bell peppers, carrots, and peas.
Yield 6 Servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder

Ingredients
 

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 8 ounces crimini mushrooms , sliced
  • 1 stalk celery , thinly sliced
  • 1/2 yellow onion , chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper , diced
  • 1 carrot , peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 chicken breasts , cut into 1" chunks
  • 1 cup frozen peas

Instructions

  • Add butter to a large heavy skillet on medium heat.
  • Add in mushrooms, celery, onion, bell pepper, and carrots, stirring well.
  • Cook for 8-10 minutes until vegetables are softened.
  • Whisk together flour, salt, broth, and milk until smooth.
  • Add into the pot and stir well.
  • Add in chicken breast pieces and bring to a simmer.
  • Cook for 10-12 minutes until thickened.
  • Stir in peas and serve over rice or toast.

Nutrition

Calories: 283kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 621mg | Potassium: 772mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 2339IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 126mg | Iron: 2mg
Keyword: Chicken A La King

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. I will definitely try this; looks delicious. Just need clarification regarding the chicken. Do I use uncooked chicken or cooked chicken?

    The initial paragraph suggested this was a good recipe for leftover rotisserie chicken, but in actual recipe, it doesn’t specify cooked or uncooked chicken.

  2. Confused by the instructions. How do you brown the chicken in a cream sauce. Below is your instructions. Just curious. Thank you.

    TIPS FOR MAKING CHICKEN A LA KING

    Vegetables: Start the recipe by slicing the onion, fresh mushrooms, celery, green pepper, and carrots into thin pieces. Add your butter to a large skillet and turn the stove heat to medium. Add the sliced vegetables to the melted butter and stir well. Give the vegetables an 8-10 minute cook time until they’re slightly softened.

    Cream sauce: In a bowl, combine the flour, salt, broth, and milk. Whisk until the creamy mixture is smooth. Then pour it over the vegetables.

    Chicken: Add the boneless chicken breast pieces. Continue cooking over medium-high heat until the chicken is golden brown at the edges and the sauce is thickened—it should take about 10 minutes. Lastly, stir in the peas. Serve over rice, toast, or pasta right away.

    1. Hello Sue, I’m not sure what recipe you are talking about, this Chicken A La King doesn’t mention any browning of the chicken.
      These are the instructions :
      Instructions
      Add butter to a large heavy skillet on medium heat.
      Add in mushrooms, celery, onion, bell pepper, and carrots, stirring well.
      Cook for 8-10 minutes until vegetables are softened.
      Whisk together flour, salt, broth, and milk until smooth.
      Add into the pot and stir well.
      Add in chicken breast pieces and bring to a simmer.
      Cook for 10-12 minutes until thickened.
      Stir in peas and serve over rice or toast.
      Hope this clears things up!