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Chicken a la King (+Video)

Chicken a la King is a comfort food meal that features tender bites of chicken covered in a thick and creamy sauce with tender vegetables.

A QUICK DINNER RECIPE

Need a flavorful dinner in about a half an hour? Try this incredible Chicken a la King! Made with some veggies and chicken in a creamy sauce that’ll fill your belly and warm you up from the inside out! It’s the perfect dinner (or even lunch) recipe that can be made fairly quickly and one that everyone loves!

a fork underneath a serving of Chicken a la King.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ’S):

Why is it called Chicken a la King?

As with many older, nostalgic recipes, there are a lot of versions of the story and how it came to be. I do know for sure that it was not named for royalty and it was invented in America. Some say it was invented by William King who worked at the Bellevue Hotel in Philadelphia. Others say it was George Greenwald who worked at the Brighton Beach hotel in New York and he named it after the owner, E. Clarke King. And as with most good recipes, there are others who take credit for it as well.
So the “a la King” part is just a dedication of sorts. If I had invented the dish, it might’ve been “Chicken a la Brandie.” So there you go, the origins are about as clear as mud, right?

How do you serve Chicken a la King?

The list is endless. My absolute favorite way to eat it is with toast or over my Southern Buttermilk Biscuits or some classic Butter Dip Biscuits. But really, anything that will soak up the sauce will work well. Some folks enjoy it over pasta, noodles, rice, baked potatoes, hash browns, English muffins or even mashed potatoes.

Where do I find diced pimentos in the store?

Usually, pimentos can be in one of two places at the grocery store. Head to wherever your store sells the jarred pickles and relish and check there. If you can’t find it there, check near the canned vegetables. If all else fails, ask someone who works at the store. And if you don’t like pimentos, just leave them out.

Could I make Chicken a la King with other meat?

Instead of chicken (you can use any cut of cooked chicken), you could also use turkey or ham. I think you could try using some canned tuna in water (not oil) or you could try some canned salmon. The flavors would work out well and it would still be fast to make since the meat is ready to go.

I would like more seasoning, what else can I add?

Want to amp up the flavor profile? Feel free to play around with the seasonings. I think the garlic and onion and pepper add a lot of flavor already but try adding some dried or fresh herbs like chives, thyme, or rosemary to the sauce.

Can this be made in the crock pot?

I do not recommend it. This recipe is so quick to make, it hardly takes any time, so cooking it on the stove is your best way to go. Plus, cream based sauces don’t always hold up in slow cookers as they can easily burn.

How to store leftovers and reheat them?

Keep leftover Chicken a la King in the fridge for up to 3 days in a covered container. Or try freezing it for up to 3 months. Reheat leftovers in a skillet, but add a splash more stock or milk to help loosen it up, since it thickens more as it sits.

A white plate with a large serving of Chicken a la King.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (SEE RECIPE CARD BELOW FOR THE FULL RECIPE)

  • unsalted butter – if all you have is salted, use that. You can adjust the additional salt that is added if necessary.
  • green bell pepper and onion – if you don’t like green bell pepper, just leave it out or swap it for yellow or orange if you prefer those.
  • garlic – fresh garlic is always going to give you the absolute best garlic flavor. You can use the jarred stuff but it can sometimes throw off the other flavors.
  • all-purpose flour – this is used to help thicken up the sauce.
  • salt and pepper – see my FAQ above about other seasoning options.
  • chicken stock– this can be swapped out for chicken broth or vegetable stock.
  • heavy cream– this can be swapped for half and half or milk if you want to make it slightly lighter and not as rich (same amounts.)
  • diced cooked chicken– I used rotisserie chicken to save on time. But, any cooked chicken will work, even the canned stuff.
  • frozen peas – I don’t recommend canned peas but you could use them if absolutely necessary. The frozen peas are not only brighter in color, they just taste fresher and aren’t as mushy.
  • diced pimentos – see my FAQ above on where to find these in the grocery store.
Butter, bell pepper, diced pimento, frozen peas, chicken stock, onion, garlic, salt, pepper, flour, heavy cream, and cooked chicken.

HOW TO MAKE CHICKEN A LA KING

In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the bell pepper and onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds.

collage of two photos: diced green pepper and onions in a skillet with butter; minced garlic added to skillet.

Add the flour, salt, and pepper, stir to combine so the flour dissolves, and cook for 1 minute. Slowly stream in the chicken stock while whisking constantly to avoid lumps. Repeat with the heavy cream.

collage of two photos: flour added to green pepper mixture in skillet; pouring heavy cream into the skillet.

Bring to a simmer and simmer for 5 minutes until thickened, stirring occasionally. Add the diced chicken, peas, and pimentos, and stir to combine.

collage of two photos: cream mixture simmering in skillet; diced chicken, pimentos and frozen peas added to the skillet.

Simmer for an additional 3 minutes until everything is warmed through. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Serve immediately.

A plate of Chicken a la King.

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Chicken a la King (+Video)

Chicken a la King is a comfort food meal that features tender bites of chicken covered in a thick and creamy sauce with tender vegetables.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 33 minutes
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter (you can use salted, just adjust the additional salt added – to taste)
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, small diced
  • 1 small sweet onion, small diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 ½ cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 cups diced cooked chicken
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 4 ounce jar diced pimentos, drained

Instructions

  • In a large skillet over medium heat, melt 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter. Add 1 medium green bell pepper, small diced and 1 small sweet onion, small diced, stirring occasionally, until softened, 10 minutes.
    Diced onion and bell pepper in a skillet.
  • Add 2 cloves garlic, minced and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds.
    Garlic, diced onion, and bell pepper in a skillet.
  • Add 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, stir to combine so the flour dissolves, and cook for 1 minute.
    Onion, pepper, garlic, flour, salt, and pepper in a skillet.
  • Slowly stream in 2 1/2 cups chicken stock while whisking constantly to avoid lumps. Repeat with 1 cup heavy cream.
    Heavy cream added to a veggie sauce.
  • Bring to a simmer and simmer for 5 minutes until thickened, stirring occasionally.
    A creamy, thickened Chicken a la King sauce in a skillet.
  • Add 3 cups diced cooked chicken, 1 cup frozen peas and 4 ounce jar diced pimentos, drained and stir to combine.
    Diced chicken, peas, and pimentos on top of a thick cream sauce.
  • Simmer for an additional 3 minutes until everything is warmed through. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Serve immediately with toast or fluffy biscuits!
    A plate of Chicken a la King.

Video

Notes

  • Please refer to my FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions) and ingredient list above for other substitutions or for the answers to the most common questions.
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 510kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 36g | Sodium: 412mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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  1. 5 stars
    There ya go AGAIN, driving my taste buds wild. There are a million chicken combos, but this has to be neat the top of the list. I love it served over a couple freshly baked split biscuit halves. Gauranteed to warm you up from the inside out! Winner, winner, Chicken a la King for dinner!