I have a lot of fond memories of this popular chicken dish. When I was growing up in the Philippines, it would be in every menu of the restaurants we went to. Chicken a la king is a dish consisting of diced chicken, mushrooms, red bell peppers and green bell peppers in a thick and creamy sauce. It is frequently served over rice, pasta or bread. Some people may substitute the diced chicken with cooked chicken or turkey. Instead of using diced chicken, I decided to use store bought rotisserie chicken. As you may know, rotisserie chicken is my go-to because it’s so convenient and has a lot more flavor. In the past, I have used leftover rotisserie chicken to make Italian Chicken Salad and Chicken Ramen. The great thing about using rotisserie chicken in this particular dish is that I was also able to use the bones and left-over meat to make my own chicken broth. In the end, my family enjoyed this comforting dish over rice. Enjoy!
Chicken a la King
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1 cup chicken broth
- ½ tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp pepper
- 3 oz fresh mushrooms sliced
- 1 green bell pepper diced
- 2 cups diced cooked chicken or turkey I used store bought rotisserie chicken meat
- ¼ cup light cream
- 2 tbsp hot sauce
- 1 egg yolk lightly beaten
- Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour with a whisk. Gradually add broth while continuously stirring. Add salt, pepper, mushrooms and green bell pepper. Cook, stirring over low heat for 5 minutes.
- Add diced chicken and light cream; simmer, stirring frequently, for another 5 minutes.
- Slowly stir hot sauce into beaten egg yolk and then add mixture into the pan. Give the chicken mixture in the pan a final stir. Remove from the heat and transfer into a serving plate.
- Serve with steamed rice.
Looks good, Liza, although I confess that I never thought of chicken a la king as Filipino food. I don’t remember it being served when I was in there in the 70s (it’s been many, many years!).
What are your recommendations for Filipino cookbooks? I have two from the country that were purchased when I was there. I also have “The Filipino Cookbook” by Miki Garcia and “Cooking Filipino Dishes in America” by Dominga L. Asuncion. What is your favorite?
Couple of Filipino cookbooks I really like are “Filipino Cooking Here and Abroad” and “Maya Kitchen Mix and Match Meals”. I also have “The Filipino Cookbook” by Miki Garcia, which was given to me by my niece when she came back from her visit to the Philippines couple of years ago. I also tried a few recipes from the “Goldilocks bakebook”. Take care and thanks for stopping by!