Cozy, comforting Chicken a la King is one of my favorite weeknight dinners! Juicy chicken and tender veggies with creamy, flavorful gravy served over toast, biscuits, or pasta is a winner with the whole family, even picky kids.
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I love it when I tell people, “I’m making Chicken a la King.” and they go “Ooh, that’s fancy!” But I (and now you) know the truth: it’s a fast, easy, and mega comforting dish that only takes 25 minutes to make and is kid-approved.
What is Chicken a la King?
It’s really simple: chopped chicken with vegetables in a creamy gravy usually served over toasted bread, biscuits, or pasta. In other words, it’s pure comfort food and perfect for cold weather. So cozy!
What’s in it?
- Chopped chicken thighs. I love using leftover chicken (because who really wants to eat leftovers for three days straight?) when I have it to make chicken a la king. But chopping up boneless, skinless chicken thighs is what we’re using in the recipe, and because they’re diced into small, bite-sized pieces, they’ll cook up quickly.
- All-Purpose Flour.
- Fresh Garlic.
- Yellow Onion.
- Vegetables. The classics are bell pepper and peas, but you can use whatever you want (whatever ones the kids will eat) or have in the fridge. This is a great ‘clean out the fridge’ kind of recipe! I love using carrots, celery, quartered mushrooms, and peas. My family eats it right up!
- Chicken broth.
- Heavy Cream. Can’t be a creamy gravy without it!
- Fresh Parsley.
- Lemon juice.
- Kosher Salt and freshly ground pepper.
How to make it
- Sear the chopped chicken thighs. If you’re using uncooked chicken, brown them on all sides, which will take about 7-10 minutes to do. Don’t overcrowd your pan, they’ll steam instead of brown. Remember, brown food is flavorful!
- Saute the veggies. Cook the onions down, get some color on them as well.
- Add flour and stir. Coat the veg in the flour. This will thicken up your chicken a la king to make it into a delicious stew.
- Add in the chicken broth. Simmer and stir occasionally.
- Add in heavy cream. Simmer some more.
- Add your frozen peas. If you’re using other frozen veggies, add those too!
- Season to taste. Add lemon juice (it cuts through the richness with some bright acidic deliciousness), garnish with parsley and serve.
What do you serve with Chicken a la King?
Chicken a la King is usually served over something, unlike other stews.
- Bread. In these photos, I’m serving it over thick, toasted slices of brioche bread. The first time I ever made Chicken a la King, I served it over slices of a Tuscan Italian loaf that I got from Whole Foods. So good!
- Rice. You could make this keto / low-carb by replacing the flour with arrowroot powder or cornstarch and serving over cauliflower rice!
- Mashed Potatoes. Who is going to say no to mashed potatoes with a creamy chicken a la king gravy? Nobody!
- Pasta or Zoodles. Wide egg noodles, pan-fried gnocchi, or even zucchini noodles go great with this!
- Biscuits. A classic! What’s better than chicken and gravy over some buttermilk biscuits anyway? No one southern, that’s for sure.
Can you Freeze Chicken a la King?
You can freeze chicken a la king. Let it cool completely, then place into a freezer-safe zip-top bag (or vacuum sealing bag), flatten out, and freeze for up to six weeks.
To thaw, place into the fridge overnight or thaw in a large bowl of hot water until the chicken a la king has softened enough to reheat in a saucepan over medium-low heat.
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- 2 tbsp (30 mL) vegetable oil
- 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, chopped into bite-sized pieces
- 3 cups cooked, shredded chicken thighs
- 4 tbsp (50 g) unsalted butter
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced small
- 8 oz baby bella mushrooms, quartered
- 3 washed and peeled carrots, diced small
- 2 celery stalks, chopped small
- 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup (35g) all-purpose flour
- 2 cups (480 mL) chicken broth, low-sodium
- 1/2 cup (120 mL) heavy cream or half and half
- 1/2 cup (67g) frozen sweet peas
- 1/2 tbsp (10 mL) fresh lemon juice
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
- In a large cast-iron skillet or medium dutch oven, pour in vegetable oil over medium-high heat. If using uncooked chicken, sear the chicken thighs on each side, about 2 minutes per side. Don't overcrowd the pan. After searing the chicken, move to a plate and set aside.
- Turn heat down to medium heat and add butter to melt in the pan. Saute the onion, mushrooms, carrots, and celery for 7 minutes, until the onions are golden brown and the mushrooms are softened.
- Add in flour and stir to coat the vegetables in flour and cook out the raw flour for one minute. Stir in the chopped/shredded chicken.
- Pour in chicken broth, scraping the bottom of the pan to release the brown fond at the bottom, that's all good flavor. Over medium-high heat, let it come to a lively simmer/low boil then reduce your heat to medium-low, pour in heavy cream and gently simmer until the gravy is thickened, about 3 minutes.
- Stir in frozen peas and let heat up, about 3 minutes.
Season to taste with lemon juice, kosher salt, and pepper.
Serve hot over thick slices of toasted bread, overcooked pasta, biscuits, etc.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 390 Total Fat: 23g Saturated Fat: 9g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 13g Cholesterol: 115mg Sodium: 408mg Carbohydrates: 17g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 7g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 29g
Eden Westbrook is the recipe developer, writer, and photographer behind Sweet Tea and Thyme. A classically trained chef, Eden has inspired home cooks into the kitchen with cultural comfort foods, easy family-friendly eats and sweets, and glorious spreads for date night and entertaining since 2015.