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Chicken a la King cooked in a wide pan
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Chicken a la King

Chicken a la King is a rich, creamy, and tasty dish the whole family will love. Loaded with moist chicken, mushrooms, sweet peppers, and a hearty sauce, it's delicious over rice, pasta, or bread.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Main Entree
Cuisine: Global
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 317kcal


  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppercorns
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and pounded
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup dry sherry wine
  • cool water
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, stemmed, cored and chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, red pepper, stemmed, cored and chopped
  • 4 ounces fresh button mushrooms, sliced thinly (or canned sliced mushrooms, drained)
  • 2 cups broth (reserved from poaching the chicken)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a large pot, arrange chicken in a single layer. Add salt, peppercorns, pounded garlic, and bay leaves. 
  • Add wine and enough water to cover chicken to about 1-inch high or about 6 cups. Over medium-high heat, bring to a boil, skimming scum that floats on top.
  • When the liquid begins to boil, reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes or until the center of chicken reads 165 F. 
  • Immediately remove chicken from the pot and let cool to touch. Cut into 1-inch cubes.
  • Strain broth and reserve about 2 cups. Discard aromatics.
  • In a pan over medium heat, heat butter until melted. Add onions and garlic and cook until softened. 
  • Add bell peppers and mushrooms and cook, stirring regularly, until softened. 
  • Add flour and cook, stirring regularly, for about 1 to 2 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Add reserved broth and heavy cream, whisking regularly to prevent lumps.
  • Add chicken. Lower heat and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce is slightly thickened. 
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot over rice, noodles, or toasted bread.



  • For a smooth consistency, cook the sauce at a low and gentle heat so the cream doesn't curdle or separate.
  • Add a few dashes of cayenne or red pepper flakes if you want to spice it up.
  • Cook the sauce a little thinner than you like as it will thicken as it stands.


Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 128mg | Sodium: 486mg | Potassium: 547mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1100IU | Vitamin C: 20.6mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 0.7mg