Chicken a la King made with poached chicken, mushrooms, sweet peppers, and heavy cream is comfort food at its best! Rich, creamy, and made from scratch, it’s delicious served over rice, pasta, or bread.
Chicken is definitely my favorite protein ingredient. I love that it is so convenient to use and versatile enough to be enjoyed in many ways.
However, boneless and skinless breast part which has very little fat can prove tricky to prepare. There’s but a fine line between moist, succulent pieces and dry, stringy meat.
Techniques for super tender meat texture
- For my stir-fries, I have taken to velveting to yield a super tender texture.
- For sandwiches and casserole dishes such as this chicken a la king, I like taking the extra step of poaching.
Poaching is a form of cooking where eggs, fish, fruit, and poultry are covered and gently simmered in liquid until cooked through. This low heat, moist-cooking method prevents food from overcooking too quickly and helps to retain moisture.
The chicken comes out juicy, flavorful, and the perfect slate to the rich and creamy white sauce!
- Saute the vegetables in butter for amazing flavor.
- For best results, I highly suggest poaching the chicken breast but feel free to use any cooked chicken such as a rotisserie, baked or grilled, you have on hand. Just debone and cut into 1-inch pieces.
- For extra nutrition, color, and texture, add frozen green peas, peas and carrots, or mixed vegetables.
- I use heavy cream to make the bechamel sauce but evaporated milk, half and half, or whole milk are also good options.
- For a smooth consistency, cook the sauce at a low and gentle heat so the cream doesn’t curdle or separate.
- Want variety? Swap the chicken meat with quality canned tuna packed in water (go for albacore!).
- To spice it up, add a few dashes of cayenne or red pepper flakes.
- Cook the sauce a little thinner than you like as it will thicken as it stands.
- Serve for lunch or dinner over steamed rice, noodles, or toasted bread. This creamy chicken dish is also delicious as an appetizer ladled in tortilla, phyllo, pie cups.
- Allow leftovers to cool completely and store in airtight containers or resealable bags. Refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
- Reheat in a saucepan over medium-low heat to an internal temperature of 165 F. Add broth, water, or heavy cream to loosen the consistency and adjust seasonings as needed.