First, you’ll need to bring a pot of water to a boil to cook the chicken. We’re adding a bay leaf, some peppercorns, and sliced onions to infuse the water with their aroma.
Note: We’re adding 1.5 quarts of water to a medium pot, but you may need to add more if your pot is bigger. Make sure there’s enough water to almost submerge the chicken.
Once the chicken is cooked, remove it from the water and leave it to cool before dicing it.
Pro tip: Strain the cooking water through a sieve to discard the aromatics and/or any scum. You’ll get a clear and delicious homemade chicken broth that can be used in many other recipes.
Next, sauté the vegetables in a cast-iron skillet to bring out their naturally sweet flavor. Then, stir in some flour to make a roux and whisk in the liquids to turn it into a sauce.
Return the cooked chicken to the skillet and cook it in the sauce. While the sauce is simmering and thickening, the chicken will absorb all the flavors from the seasonings and the vegetables.
Once the sauce is reduced, sprinkle parsley to garnish and enjoy the chicken over a bed of warm, cooked rice.
Storage and Reheating
Normally, we would recommend you store your food items in separate containers, but that’s not necessary for today’s dish. You can keep a full serving of this chicken and rice in the same airtight container.
In the fridge, it will last for up to a week, meaning you’ll have a healthy, meal-prep dish ready to eat any time or pack for lunch.
To reheat chicken a la king and rice, cover the container loosely with a lid and microwave for 2 minutes. Be sure to use a microwavable container.
Can You Freeze This Chicken Dish?
Yes, you can.
The best way to freeze chicken a la king is to put it in a Ziploc bag. It will last for three months, but we recommend eating it within four weeks to ensure food safety and quality.
If you don’t have a Ziploc bag, a freezer-safe airtight container will work just fine.
What to Serve With Chicken a la King
Although our chicken a la king does contain some vegetables, it’s only a little and not enough fiber for your body. We recommend adding a side of watermelon arugula salad to the meal to increase your fiber intake.
We also suggest serving a glass of orange pineapple juice with the meal. The fresh, tangy juice can stimulate your appetite and help you enjoy your food even more.
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4 oz onions (divided into 2 oz sliced and 2 oz finely diced)
6 oz white button mushrooms (sliced)
4 oz red bell pepper (deseeded, diced)
4 oz frozen peas
3 cups cooked medium-grain rice
1/2 cup whole milk
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 1/2 quarts water (or more depending on the size of your pot)
1 cup unsalted chicken broth
4 tbsp heavy cream
1 tbsp unsalted butter
1 tsp whole peppercorns
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper (freshly cracked)
1 1/2 tbsp traditional Dijon mustard
2 tbsp parsley (roughly chopped)
1 bay leaf
Boil the chicken: Add 1 1/2 quarts water to a medium pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, add 18 oz chicken breast, 1 tsp whole peppercorns, 1 bay leaf, and 2 oz sliced onions. Cook for 12 minutes over high heat.
Cut the chicken: Once the chicken is cooked, remove it from the water (you can discard or keep the water for later use). Leave it to cool for at least 5 minutes. Then, cut the chicken into approximately 0.5-inch cubes. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
Sauté the mushrooms: Add 1 tbsp unsalted butter, 2 oz diced onions, and 6 oz button mushrooms to a cast-iron skillet. Cook for 4 minutes over medium heat or until golden brown.
Sauté the bell peppers: Add 4 oz diced red bell peppers to the same skillet. Cook and stir for an additional 2 minutes.
Add the seasonings: Add 4 oz frozen peas to the skillet and stir to combine. Then, add 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper, and 1 1/2 tbsp Dijon mustard. Stir to distribute the seasonings evenly.
Make a roux: Add 2 tbsp all-purpose flour to the skillet. Mix well so that the flour coats all of the ingredients.
Add liquids and reduce: Add 1 cup unsalted chicken broth, 4 tbsp heavy cream, and 1/2 cup whole milk. Add the cooked chicken back into the skillet and stir to combine. Simmer for 10 minutes over low heat, stirring occasionally, and turn off the heat.
Garnish and serve: Sprinkle 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley on top of the chicken. Ladle the chicken and sauce into a bowl or deep dish and serve with 3/4 cup cooked rice per serving.
Chicken a la King
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 504Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 7g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Vitamin A 1729IU
Vitamin C 45mg
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Chicken a la King Recipe
I just cooked this chicken la king recipe and it was delicious! The creamy sauce was so flavorful, the chicken was cooked perfectly, and the veggies provided great crunch. Definitely a must-try recipe!