Recipe for Chicken a la King

Chicken a la King Recipe
Prep. time:
30 min
6 dishes

Chicken a la King is a classic, creamy dish that’s both comforting and elegant. Its origins trace back to the early 20th century, with several stories claiming its creation. Some say it was invented by a chef at the Brighton Beach Hotel in New York for the wealthy owner, E. Clarke King II and his wife. Others believe it was concocted at the Claridge’s Hotel in London. Regardless of its true birthplace, Chicken a la King has become a beloved recipe worldwide.

How To Make Chicken a la King? - Ingredients

  • · 2 cups cooked chicken, diced
  • · 1/4 cup butter
  • · 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • · 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • · 1 cup heavy cream
  • · 1/2 cup green bell pepper, diced
  • · 1/4 cup pimentos, diced
  • · 1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • · Salt and pepper to taste
  • · Toast or puff pastry shells for serving

Step-by-Step Instructions for Chicken a la King

  1. Prep Your Ingredients - Dice your cooked chicken into bite-sized pieces. Chop the green bell pepper, slice the mushrooms, and dice the pimentos. Measure out your butter, flour, chicken broth, and heavy cream.
  2. Cook the Vegetables - In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the green bell pepper and mushrooms. Sauté them until they're soft and the mushrooms have released their moisture, about 5 minutes. Stir in the pimentos.
  3. Make the Roux - Sprinkle the flour over the vegetables. Stir constantly and cook for about 2 minutes. This step is crucial as it cooks out the raw flavor of the flour and will thicken your sauce.
  4. Add Liquids - Slowly pour in the chicken broth, stirring continuously to avoid lumps. Add the heavy cream and stir. Allow the mixture to simmer gently. It should start to thicken.
  5. Add the Chicken - Once the sauce has thickened, add the diced chicken to the skillet. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir everything together and cook until the chicken is heated through, about 5 minutes.
  6. Serve - Serve your Chicken a la King over toast points, rice, or in puff pastry shells, depending on your preference.

Nutritional Advantages

  • Protein-Rich: Chicken is an excellent source of lean protein.
  • Low in Carbs: Ideal for those following a low-carb diet.
  • Vitamins and Minerals: Mushrooms and bell peppers provide essential nutrients like Vitamin C and Iron.

Servings, Time, and Difficulty

  • Servings: This recipe serves 4-6 people.
  • Preparation Time: About 30 minutes.
  • Difficulty: Medium.

Dietary Alternatives

  • Vegan Version: Replace chicken with tofu and use vegetable broth. Use a plant-based butter and cream substitute.
  • Gluten-Free: Use cornstarch or a gluten-free flour blend instead of all-purpose flour.
  • Low-Fat Option: Substitute heavy cream with half-and-half or a light cream alternative.

Tips for Improvement and Upgrades

  • Add Fresh Herbs: A sprinkle of fresh parsley or thyme can add a fresh, herbal note.
  • Wine Infusion: A splash of white wine in the sauce can add depth of flavor.
  • Variety of Mushrooms: Experiment with different mushroom types for varied flavors and textures.
  • Toast Points: Serve over toast points for a classic presentation, or in puff pastry shells for something extra fancy.
  • Cheese Topping: Grate some Parmesan or Gruyère cheese on top for a cheesy twist.
  • Spice It Up: A pinch of cayenne or paprika can add a nice heat.

Remember, cooking is all about making it your own. Feel free to play around with the ingredients and methods to suit your taste. The key to a great Chicken a la King is a creamy, rich sauce and tender chicken. Enjoy experimenting with this classic dish and make it a staple in your kitchen!


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