Chicken à la King
This is a cheap, cheerful and comforting dish my mum used to make for me as a kid that I loved. I happened to have all the ingredients at home so decided to whip this one up.It’s a simple dish of chicken and peas cooked in a creamy sauce that I serve over rice. It tastes almost like a chicken pie filling without the pastry really and costs next to nothing to make. I use frozen peas because it's a fast option but feel free to load it up with more or any other vegetable you have on hand.
Ingredients: up to 12
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Skill level: Easy
- 4 thigh fillets, cut into bite sized chunks. Feel free to use another cut of chicken of your choice but thigh does work best.
- 1 brown onion, finely diced
- 2 cloves of garlic roughly chopped
- 1 green capsicum, diced, optional. I added this in because I needed to clean out my fridge.
- 3 cups of chicken stock
- Salt and pepper to season
- 3 tablespoons of cornstarch or tapioca flour
- 3 tablespoons of cold water, to mix the above powder into a slurry.
- ¼ cup of milk or cream
- 1-2 cups of frozen peas (I normally just eyeball it based on how much I have left in my freezer and will just dump the rest of the bag of peas).
- 2 cups of fresh cooked jasmine rice to serve.
- A handful of optional chopped herbs to serve. I used parsley, but you could also use spring onions, coriander or omit based on what you’ve got on hand.
Watch the process
- Heat a large pan with some oil and then sweat your onions and garlic on medium for a few minutes until fragrant.
- Add in the chicken pieces and cook on medium-high until the chicken has browned and nearly cooked all the way through.
- Add in the capsicum if you’re using it in the recipe and stir fry with the chicken for a minute or so.
- Add in the chicken stock and bring the mixture to a boil.
- Once boiling, turn down to a simmer and season with some salt and pepper.
- Mix your cornstarch/tapioca flour with your cold water until fully dissolved and pour the slurry into the mixture. Allow to thicken up for a minute, it should coat the back of a spoon. If it’s still a little thin, add in more.
- Taste the chicken to check if it’s done and tender. If not, keep the mixture cooking on medium low for another few minutes.
- Add in the milk/cream and mix to combine.
- Stir in the frozen peas just before serving.
- Serve over a bowl of rice and enjoy!