Appetizers & Snacks

Chicken a la King

Chicken a la King |

A dish made with chunks of deboned chicken, mushrooms and bell peppers swimming in a thick and creamy sauce, chicken a la king is my husband’s favorite dish and his mom made it every year for his birthday. Even after we moved into our own house, she still did it and she’d call up to remind him to pick up the container of chicken a la king that she had reserved for him.

Sweet, isn’t it? Just like the wine that adds an indescribable depth and richness to the dish. Sherry is the traditional choice but I have discovered that sweet rice wine like sake or mirin does the trick equally well. 

Chicken a la King
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
Servings: 4 to 6
Author: Connie Veneracion
  • 10 skinless chicken thigh fillets (or 8 breast fillets)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 250 grams fresh button mushrooms
  • 4 bell peppers (any color but a combination yield better visual results)
  • 1/2 cup butter divided
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • generous splash sweet rice wine
  • 1 cup cream
  1. Rub the chicken fillets with salt and pepper. Lay on a pan, in a single layer, and steam for 15 minutes. Cool.
  2. Dice the bell peppers.
  3. Slice the mushrooms.
  4. Cut the cooled chicken fillets into one-inch cubes.
  5. Heat half of the butter in a pan. Over medium heat, cook the bell peppers and mushrooms for about four minutes. Scoop out and transfer to a bowl.
  6. Add the remaining butter to the pan. When melted, throw in the flour. Mix thoroughly. Add salt and pepper. Cook for about five minutes.
  7. Pour the chicken broth slowly into the butter-flour mixture while stirring with your other hand.
  8. Add the rice wine, chicken, bell peppers and mushrooms. Stir. Taste and add more salt and pepper, as needed.
  9. With the heat at the lowest setting and the pan covered, simmer the chicken, bell peppers and mushrooms for about five minutes.
  10. Pour in the cream. Stir. When the mixture turns bubbly, turn off the heat. Taste one last time and add salt and pepper, if needed.
  11. Serve the chicken a la king over rice, pasta or bread.

Chicken a la King

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