Thursday, January 20, 2011

Crock Pot Chicken a la King

Ever since I discovered that I could cook a whole chicken in the crockpot (oh, what you can learn on the internet!), I seem to always have some cooked, diced chicken in the freezer.  Not that I'm complaining!  Having the cooked chicken in the freezer has saved me many times when I had no clue what to make for dinner! 

Last year, I was getting bored with our same old, quick chicken dinners.  I was so happy when I found a recipe for Chicken a la King!  I only ever had Chicken a la King once in my life.  I was in the hospital when I was 13 and this was delivered to my room for lunch.  I took a bite and gave the rest to my dad (he brought me some food from Wendy's!). 

I was a picky eater when I was a kid.  A REALLY picky eater!  There are still a few things that I don't like, but not like when I was 13 years old.  I hated everything then! 

As an adult, I've seen many Chicken a la King recipes.  I never thought to try it since all of the recipes called for mushrooms.  Mushrooms are one of the foods that I didn't like as a kid and still don't like as an adult.  The recipes also called for pimientos.  Now, I'm not really sure if I like pimientos or not, I've never eaten them, but I never have them in the pantry either.  So, those Chicken a la King recipes were never made in my kitchen. 

For some reason, it never occured to me to just leave those 2 items out of the recipe.  Seriously?  I don't know why, since almost every recipe I make is usually tweaked and adapted in some way to fit our tastes or what we have on hand. 

Then, last year, I found a Chicken a la King recipe without the mushrooms and pimientos over at Love From the Kitchen!  I am so glad I did, since it became one of my go-to meals.  I served this for many dinners last winter and we just LOVED it. Over the summer, I forgot about it and when I tried to find the recipe this winter, I thought I lost it!  I figured that I really should share the recipe here on my blog, that way I don't have to worry about losing it again!

Chicken a la King

  • 1 can, condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 3 Tbs. flour
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • dash cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, diced or shredded
  • 1/2 c. celery, diced
  • 1/2 c. green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 c. red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 c. onion, diced
  • 2 c. frozen peas
  • add condensed soup, flour, black pepper and cayenne pepper to the bottom of crock pot and stir until combined
  • mix in the remaining ingredients
  • cook on low for 2-3 hours, until heated through
  • serve over cooked rice or toast points
  • I love the short cooking time of this meal.  It leaves the veggies still a bit crisp.  The crunch of the celery is a good match for the softer chicken and rice. 
  • Need dinner quick?  I'm sure this recipe would work on the stove as well!  I just love the ease of throwing dinner in the crock while Grace is down for a nap. 
  • I've considered doubling this recipe since we enjoy it so much.  After we each have seconds, there's usually only a small amount left for lunch (for one person) the next day. 
  • If you don't like the idea of using the canned soup for the sauce, there are many recipes online for homemade condensed soups.  I eventually want to have a few batches made and in the freezer for recipes like this.  I just haven't gotten around to that project yet! 
  • I gave measurements for the veggies, since a lot of times I prep my veggies for the week ahead of time.  So, I just add in a scoop or two of the vegetables as I'm mixing it up in the crock.  Use whatever combination you like.  (Heck, even add mushrooms and pimientos if you like!)  I don't think you could ruin this recipe at all! 

I'll be linking this post to the following blog carnivals this week: 


Anonymous said...

Yum! This was one of my mom's go to recipes. I couldn't tell you the last time I had it though.

Miz Helen said...

Chicken A La King is one of my favorites and in the Crock Pot makes it even better. Your recipe looks very good. Thank you so much for bringing this dish to Full Plate Thursday and please come back!

Melynda@Scratch Made Food! said...

Stopping by from Full Plate Thursday, yummy recipe thanks so much.

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

This sounds awesome in the crock pot! I'm with you, I don't like mushrooms and I haven't a clue what pimentos are. I've just recently in the last few years been able to think outside the box and realize that I can substitute things in recipes! Thanks!

Mary | Deep South Dish said...

It's been ages since I made Chicken a La King and I'm southern so you know I'm all about the cream of whatever soups!

Stopping by from Debbie's Crockpot Wednesday where I linked to my Crockpot Creole Chicken. Nice to meet ya - stop by sometime!

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