10.09.2008

Chicken a la King

Chicken a la King
"Chicken a la King?! That sounds like a made up recipe name." After that comment, I discovered that The Husband had never had the privilege of enjoying this dinner staple of the 1970s.

Chicken a la King is a close cousin to chicken pot pie and every bit as enjoyable. When I was growing up, it was served over white toast. Tonight I replaced the toast with Pillsbury Grands Buttermilk Biscuits. I made this executive recipe alteration because I was too lazy to make my own biscuits and because they were on sale for half price at the grocery store.

My recipe makes a large batch - enough for lunch tomorrow and maybe an extra dinner too. It freezes well so put some in the freezer for dinner later in the month. Just let the frozen Chicken a la King thaw in the refrigerator 24 hours before you want to serve it and you'll have dinner in no time.

Chicken a la King

serves 8

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup onion, chopped
2 cups mushrooms, sliced
1/4 cup flour
1 1/2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups chicken stock
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt - depending on how salty the chicken stock is
dash of allspice
1 1/2 cups carrots, julienned & cooked to crisp tender (3 min. on high in the microwave)
1 cup peas, frozen
7 cups cooked and shredded chicken
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
8 biscuits - I used Pillsbury Grands Buttermilk Biscuits or 8 slices of toast

In a large pot over medium high heat, add the butter and olive oil. When the butter has melted, add the onion and mushrooms. Saute for about 8 - 10 minutes. Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Slowly add the milk and chicken stock, stirring constantly, and bring to a boil. Cook for 3 - 5 minutes or until the sauce is thickened and coats the back of a spoon. Season with pepper, salt and allspice. Stir in carrots, peas, chicken, and parsley. Continue cooking until heated through. Serve over biscuits or toast.

15 comments:

Lisa said...

This looks great! It will give new meaning to the name for me. Whenever I hear chicken al a king I think of it from my elementary school cafeteria which is not a good thing however yours must be delicious.

kat said...

such a comfort meal!

Mike of Mike's Table said...

Its funny, I knew this was a 70s type of dish, but beyond that, I didn't know what it was and have never had it before. Sounds yummy to me!

Robin Sue said...

This was a favorite of mine when I was a kid. My hubby doesn't like mushrooms but I think I could easily leave them out of his portion. The picture is so pretty and colorful.

Candy said...

Oh wow, talk about memories. My mom made this once a week when I was a kid, and like you, we had it over white toast. It was one of the few things I remember eating. Can't wait to try this recipe!

Pam said...

Total comfort food. I loved this growing up! It looks so pretty and delicious.

That Girl said...

I love these crazy nostalgic kind of dishes.

Proud Italian Cook said...

A true classic with a nice modern update!

Rindy R said...

What a great idea - I haven't thought about that dish in a long time. I think with this fall weather outside this will be the perfect dish for tomorrow after church!
Thanks for bringing this oldie but goody to mind!

Jenny said...

Looks fantastic! I love comforting dishes like this.

angela in texas said...

Made it! It was yummy! Thanks again for another great recipe!

EAT! said...

angela in texas - so glad you liked this recipe. it was a favorite when I was growing up.

Chicken Recipe said...

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I made it for a family dinner
the entire family enjoyed it very much

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Anonymous said...

I made this for dinner several times last fall and I came back again to find the recipe. My family really liked it! When I served it to my mom she said the carrots really brightened it up. Thank you for a wonderful, easy dinner.

EAT! said...

anonymous - thanks for stopping back to give feedback on my recipe. It is a favorite at my house too. Happy cooking!