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.

Serves: 4-6
Ingredients: up to 12
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Skill level: Easy

Ingredients

  • 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

 

Method

  1. Heat a large pan with some oil and then sweat your onions and garlic on medium for a few minutes until fragrant.
  2. Add in the chicken pieces and cook on medium-high until the chicken has browned and nearly cooked all the way through.
  3. Add in the capsicum if you’re using it in the recipe and stir fry with the chicken for a minute or so.
  4. Add in the chicken stock and bring the mixture to a boil.
  5. Once boiling, turn down to a simmer and season with some salt and pepper.
  6. 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.
  7. Taste the chicken to check if it’s done and tender. If not, keep the mixture cooking on medium low for another few minutes.
  8. Add in the milk/cream and mix to combine. 
  9. Stir in the frozen peas just before serving.
  10. Serve over a bowl of rice and enjoy!

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