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Healthy Chicken a la King
I had a reader ask for a request recipe makeover: Chicken a la King. I felt up to the challenge to make this dish healthy. So I pulled out my Roshto Family Cookbook and found our family recipe.
The key ingredients seemed to be chicken, mushrooms, onions in a creamy seasoned sauce. Some recipes served with pasta while others served with biscuits.
First I needed to cook my chicken. I melted 2 tablespoons of butter in my pan and placed the raw chicken breast in the pan to cook. I cooked on each side for a few minutes to make sure it was cooked through. This took about 20 minutes total.
While the chicken was cooking, I got my other ingredients together. I chopped my onion, mushrooms, and shredded my squash in my food processor (to eat along with the chicken a la king).
Once the chicken was cooked, I pulled it out of my skillet to chop. I added to the skillet my onion, bell peppers and mushrooms to saute. There was about a 1/2 cup of chicken broth and butter left in the pan. I also pulled out my spices: pepper, cayenne, salt, thyme, nutmeg, and parsley.
After all the vegetables were tender, I added in the cream cheese and spices.
To make the cream sauce, I decided to use cream cheese and some broth and butter that was still in the pan from the chicken and vegetables cooking. I used just a little glucomannan to help thicken the sauce, but it really is optional.
Here is my kitchen tip: Since with glucomannan you really need to sprinkle it over your dishes, I added mine into an empty stevia shaker. You could use any shaker that has small holes. this allows you to easily add glucomannan to your dishes in a controlled fashion (instead of one big blob). If you are out of glucomannan, this is the one I use!
Once your sauce is ready, add your chicken back to the skillet and stir in.
I served this with shredded squash and broccoli. You could also make some biscuits to go along with the Chicken a la King.
- 4 chicken breasts
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- 1 onion, chopped
- 16 oz of mushrooms, chopped
- ½ cup of chopped bell pepper
- 1 tablespoon of parsley, chopped
- ½ tsp of thyme
- 1 tsp of salt
- ½ tsp of black pepper
- pinch of cayenne
- pinch of nutmeg
- ½ of chicken broth (if you don't have any left in your skillet)
- 4 oz of cream cheese
- ¼ tsp of glucomannan
- (Optional: if you need more liquid to make your sauce, add in more chicken broth)
- Heat large skillet on medium high heat.
- Melt 2 tablespoons of butter.
- Cook chicken on each side for 10 minutes or until cooked through.
- Remove chicken, leave juice and butter in skillet.
- Add chopped vegetables to skillet with juice left in skillet.
- Add salt.
- Saute vegetables until tender.
- While vegetables are cooking, cube your chicken breasts.
- Add in seasonings and spices: pepper, cayenne, thyme, parsley, and nutmeg
- Reduce heat to medium.
- Melt in cubed cream cheese.
- Once melted, sprinkle in glucomannan if you want a thicker sauce.
- Add your cubed chicken back to skillet and stir into sauce.
- Simmer until read to serve.
We enjoyed the squash “noodles” and broccoli. What do you serve your Chicken a la King with?
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