Chicken A LA King

Chicken A LA King

Chicken à la King: A Culinary Delight

Indulge in a culinary classic with Chicken à la King, which has graced tables for centuries. This delectable creation features tender chicken morsels enveloped in a creamy, mushroom-infused sauce, offering a symphony of flavors and textures that will tantalize your taste buds.

The culinary journey begins with a butter base, where finely chopped green peppers and mushrooms are perfectly sautéed, releasing their aromatic essence and creating a foundation for the dish’s flavors. Flour is whisked into the mixture, allowing it to thicken and absorb the rich flavors from the butter, peppers, and mushrooms.

Next, diced into small cubes, pimentos are added, introducing a hint of sweetness and a touch of vibrant color to the dish. The cream is then gradually poured into the mixture, creating a velvety smooth sauce that coats the chicken and harmonizes with the other ingredients.

Cooked chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces, is then incorporated into the sauce, allowing its savory essence to meld with the other flavors. Egg yolks are whisked and tempered with hot sauce before being gradually added to the mixture, ensuring a rich, velvety texture and a hint of custardy goodness.

To enhance the dish’s complexity, onion juice and lemon juice are introduced, adding a touch of acidity and brightness that balances the sauce’s richness. Salt is carefully adjusted to taste, ensuring all the flavors are harmonious.

Chicken à la King is traditionally served over buttered toast or patty shells, providing a comforting base for the creamy, flavorful sauce and tender chicken pieces. The toast or patty shells absorb the sauce, adding a delightful textural contrast.

As you savor each spoonful of Chicken à la King, you’ll appreciate the delicate balance of flavors and textures that make this dish a culinary gem. The creamy sauce, infused with the earthy aroma of mushrooms, the subtle sweetness of pimentos, and the tanginess of lemon juice, complements the tender chicken perfectly.

Whether you’re enjoying a casual family dinner or hosting a special occasion, Chicken à la King is a dish that will impress. Its timeless elegance and delectable flavors have captivated culinary enthusiasts for generations, and it continues to grace tables today, offering a taste of culinary artistry that will leave you wanting more.

Chicken A La King

Chicken A La King
A vintage clipped recipe for Chicken A La King, make this classic with butter, green pepper, mushrooms, flour, pimento, cream, diced chicken, butter, egg yolks, onion juice, lemon juice, salt, and buttered toast.
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  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp minced green onion
  • 1 cup canned mushrooms, broken
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp minced pinento
  • 2 cups coffee cream
  • 3 cups diced chicken
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/2 tsp onion juice
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Buttered toast or pastry shells


  • Melt two tablespoons of butter and saute green pepper and mushrooms; blend in the flour.
  • Add coffee cream gradually and cook until slightly thickened.
  • Add chicken and place over hot water.
  • Beat one-fourth cup of butter to a cream; add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition and then blend into the cream mixture; cook slowly as to not to curdle, until the consistency of boiled custard.
  • Season with onion juice, lemon juice, and salt.
  • Serve at once on buttered toast or in croustades or patty shells.

Kitchen Helper 2

Retro Mixing Bowls
medium saucepan
Double Boiler
Print Recipe Pin Recipe
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Chicken, Poultry


Yield: 6 to 8 servings. 

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