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Classic Chicken a la King is rich and creamy and made from scratch. This easy dinner recipe is great served over rice, pasta, toast, or biscuits!

Chicken a la King in a pan getting stirred by a wooden spoon.
  • Can you freeze Chicken a la King?

    Yes, you can freeze chicken a la king, but it is better if you eat it fresh. If you still want to freeze this dish wait until it has cooled, then place it in freezer-safe containers or freezer bags. Keep frozen for up to 1 month.
  • What can you serve Chicken a la King on?

    While you can eat chicken a la king by itself it is usually served up on top of something else. Common choices are plain pasta (any shape), rice, toast, or biscuits.
  • Can I replace the chicken with tuna?

    Over the years many people have replaced the chicken in chicken a la king with tuna. This makes for a great tasting tuna dish that seafood lovers will love. To make tuna a la king just replace the chicken in this recipe with around 4 cups of tuna. Make sure you get high-quality tuna though!
  • How can I reduce the calories in this recipe?

    The egg yolks and heavy cream that are added in during step 3 of this recipe are included to produce a more rich and creamy sauce. If you would like to reduce the calories in this recipe, simply leave those two ingredients out and skip step number three in its entirety.

    When a recipe calls for pre-cooked chicken, there are several great options. You can use leftover chicken, but depending on the seasonings and flavors added, that may not work well in just any recipe. Check out some of these easy options instead.
  1. Rotisserie Chicken – many American grocery stores sell cooked rotisserie chickens that you can buy and shred. Many stores are also now offering the rotisserie chicken pre-shredded and packaged too!
  2. Frozen Cooked Chicken – check out the freezer section of your grocery store for pre-cooked chicken strips and chunks.
  3. Bake Your Own Chicken – lay chicken breasts out into a lightly greased 9×13 pan. Season with salt and pepper. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes until cooked through. Chop into chunks and use right away, or freeze for later use.
  4. Boil Your Own Chicken – place chicken breasts into a large pot of boiling water or chicken broth. Boil 15 minutes, until chicken is cooked through. Shred or chop.
  5. Quick Skillet Chicken – heat a large heavy skillet over medium high heat. Add in 1 tablespoon vegetable oil. Place chicken breasts into skillet. Season with salt and pepper. Cook 5 to 7 minutes per side.
Chicken a la King served up over egg noodles on a white plate.

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Chicken a la King in a pan getting stirred by a wooden spoon.
Classic Chicken a la King is rich and creamy and made from scratch. This easy dinner recipe is great served over rice, pasta, toast, or biscuits!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 8 ounces mushrooms sliced
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup heavy creamy
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup chopped drained pimientos
  • 4 cups chopped cooked chicken
  • In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add in mushrooms and cook until mushrooms are soft, about 5 minutes.
  • Add in flour and stir until there are no more specks of flour left. Pour in chicken broth and milk and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until sauce is thickened, about 3 minutes.
  • For a richer sauce: in a small mixing bowl, whisk together egg yolks with heavy cream. Working quickly, slowly pour in 1/2 cup of the hot mixture into the egg mixture while whisking vigorously. Immediately pour this mixture back into the saucepan, whisking the entire time. Cook 2 minutes more.
  • Stir in frozen peas, drained pimientos, and cooked chicken and let heat through, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Serve hot over cooked rice, pasta, toast, or biscuits.
Chicken a la King is served over rice, pasta, toast, or biscuits.


Calories: 379kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 157mg | Sodium: 488mg | Potassium: 465mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1940IU | Vitamin C: 43.7mg | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 2.1mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, French
Keyword: Chicken a la King
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Nancy S
April 21, 2020 4:19 pm

4 stars
I made this recipe this week as I had been wanting Chicken a la King for a while. I loved the consistency and appearance of how this turned out. I did find it wanting for flavor so I added some diced and sauteed onion and green peppers with garlic powder to the leftovers and that helped. I will make this again with those additions (1/2 cup each of onion and bell pepper, 3/4 tsp of garlic powder. I also think the portions are generous as I halved the recipe and had four good size portions from half a recipe.

October 5, 2020 9:30 pm
Reply to  Nancy S

Yes. It’s a LOT of food! And definitely needs seasoning. I’m not allowed garlic or onion but I wish I could add. I used Roasted Bell pepper strips (drained a bit from the olive oil).

Martha E. Douds
December 22, 2020 9:26 pm
Reply to  Anastasia

Just wondering if you are allowed onion or garlic powder or salt? I don’t have an allergy but my stomach doesn’t tolerate it well especially if raw. I usually find recipes have way too much garlic. I cut the amount in half or use minced dried or powder. I can do onion if well sautéed. Also what about shallots? I tolerate that fairly well too.

May 4, 2020 4:15 pm

This was delicious! I added a diced onion and a few garlic cloves and well as a few mixed herbs and red pepper flakes! Salt and pepper! I also added “Better than Bouillon” for a bit more flavor! Thank you so much!

May 13, 2020 10:02 am

Excellent results from the recipe. Step 3 for richer sauce really worked well to enhance the disk. This is a keeper and goes in the file. Will make it again soon while we are in the Stay home – Stay Safe mode.

Phyllis Curtis
September 30, 2019 9:00 am

My small group raved ! Made as written with one exception. I used a quart of my canned chicken. The chicken broth from home canning is triple strength, and the best cooking discovery of mytest kitchen life…true story 🙂 I made homemade baguettes, and buttered and toasted. Wow ! Thanks for a great recipe.

July 23, 2020 2:45 pm

5 stars
I make chicken ala king all of the time, but never usinng egg yolks. I tried that today and it has a richer taste using the egg yolks. I am happy that I tried this.

July 5, 2020 4:29 pm

4 stars
Very good. Sauteed onion and garlic with the mushrooms. Halved the recipe for 4 servings over 6 biscuits. Used half n half instead of milk. Did not use heavy cream or eggs. Used 1.5 cups chicken broth. Seasoned with season all salt n pepper before adding 1 can peas and carrots, drained. I also used rotisserie chicken breast so it all came together quick m easy. Tasted like open face pot pie. Filling.

January 12, 2020 5:29 pm

5 stars
Very easy to make. The recipes a keeper. Loved it .

October 28, 2019 9:08 pm

5 stars
Absolutely delicious! I used half and half instead of heavy cream, and will be adding sauteed onions next time I make it.

February 8, 2020 11:33 am
Reply to  Mark

I add pearl onions. Delicious!

Eve M Dennis
July 12, 2020 3:10 pm

Yum!! Delicious recipe!! And so easy, thoroughly enjoyable, thanks.

April 3, 2020 8:07 pm

5 stars
Great video

December 1, 2018 6:15 pm

I like that no canned soup was added to this recipe…or cream cheese.

Jenny Conners
July 30, 2020 6:06 pm

This was absolutely delicious! The only thing I changed was I added chicken bouillon granular to the sauce. About a tablespoon , and I like a generous amount of pepper.

July 24, 2020 3:33 am

Was very nice and easy. I add onion, green pepper & garlic with the mushrooms and instead of peas I used mixed veggies.

Allen Vincent
July 15, 2020 4:13 pm

We loved the recipe. The only thing we changed was we used frozen mixed vegetables. Delish!

Rick Godwin
July 13, 2020 2:46 pm

5 stars
Great recipe, reminds me of the one my mother would make. I didn’t find it lacked anything, again Thank You for another fine recipe.

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