Not only is this quick meal super easy, but Chicken a la King is delicious too!

Chunks of tender chicken are mixed with fresh vegetables and pimentos in a rich and creamy homemade sauce!

Serve this over puff pastry, biscuits, rice or potatoes.

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Why We Love This Chicken a la King Recipe

  • It’s quick to put together and packed with rich creamy flavor.
  • Skip the condensed soup, this chicken ala king recipe is just about as fast made from scratch.
  • Use rotisserie chicken or leftover ham or turkey.
  • Served it in puff pastry shells or spooned biscuits, rice, egg noodles, toast, or even mashed potatoes!

Ingredients in Chicken a la King

This is a classic chicken a la king with a homemade cream sauce.

CHICKEN Shredded rotisserie chicken makes this recipe so simple, but feel free to use any cooked chicken you have on hand. If you don’t have cooked chicken, see the note below.

VEGGIES I used fresh mushrooms, onions, peas, and pimentos in this recipe but any veggie will taste wonderful! Colorful peppers, corn, carrots, or broccoli are great additions!

SAUCE Rich & creamy sauce made with chicken stock, seasonings, and cream is one of the best parts of this dish!

How to Quickly Cook Chicken for Shredding

You can quickly boil chicken while preparing the other ingredients for this recipe. Add 2-3 boneless skinless chicken breasts to a saucepan and cover with chicken broth. Cook on a low boil for 15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Shred it for use in recipes.

The bonus is that the chicken broth will be richly flavored and can be used in this recipe or other recipes.

Chicken ala King ingredients in a pot with parsley

How to Make Chicken ala King

This recipe is so easy to make, and comes together so quickly!

  1. Saute mushrooms and onions in butter (per the recipe below).
  2. Stir in seasonings and flour. Whisk in chicken stock and cream.
  3. Stir in the peas, pimentos, and chicken and cook until heated through.

Serve the chicken mixture over fresh biscuits and with roasted green beans or oven-roasted asparagus!

Chicken ala King in a bowl

Tips for Perfect Chicken a la King

  • Be sure to cook chicken before adding to pasta if you’re not using rotisserie chicken.
    • Chicken breast, chicken thighs or even tuna are all great substitutions!
  • Freeze Chicken ala King without the rice, pasta, or bread since those items don’t freeze well with sauce added. Instead, ladle the Chicken ala King into zippered bags or an airtight container with the date on it and freeze flat.
  • Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop. Refresh the flavors by adding a little dash of salt and pepper and make new rice, pasta, or fresh bread to serve again!

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Chicken a la King

Chicken a la King is rich and creamy with veggies and chicken in a flavorful sauce.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4



  • ½ cup butter unsalted
  • 8 ounces white mushrooms sliced
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt or to taste
  • ½ cup flour
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 cup petite frozen peas
  • ½ cup pimentos drained and chopped
  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken or shredded rotisserie chicken


  • In a large 12-inch skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and onions and cook until they start to soften, about 5 minutes.
  • Season with garlic powder, black pepper, and kosher salt.
  • Sprinkle in the flour and stir until a paste is formed. Cook for 2 minutes.
  • While stirring, slowly pour in the chicken stock and half and half. Stir to make sure no chunks of flour remain.
  • Turn the heat to low and stir until the sauce has thickened, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the peas, chopped pimentos, and rotisserie chicken. Cook until heated through, about 3 minutes more.
  • Serve over pasta, rice, or biscuits.


To Cook Chicken Quickly:  You can quickly boil chicken while preparing the other ingredients for this recipe. Add 2-3 boneless skinless chicken breasts to a saucepan and cover with chicken broth. Cook on a low boil for 15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Shred it for use in recipes and the broth will be extra flavorful to use in this recipe (or reserve for another use).
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Reheat in microwave or on stovetop and serve over rice or pasta. 
To freeze, ladle Chicken ala King into zippered bags or an airtight container with the date on it and freeze flat. Thaw out and reheat using steps above. 
4.93 from 103 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 438 | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 699mg | Potassium: 554mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1838IU | Vitamin C: 38mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Chicken, Dinner, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American

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  1. I have made this dish a couple times now and it is so quick and easy as a weekday staple using rotisserie chicken. Very tasty I serve it over butter puff pastry cups!!! Yummy!!5 stars

  2. This looks really good and I plan on trying it soon. Tell me though, what other vegetable would you recommend besides peas (it’s the one vegetable I can’t stand)? Does it matter?

    1. You can substitute for your favorite vegetable Bree! Colorful peppers, corn, carrots, or broccoli are great additions!

  3. Absolutely with left over roast chicken. Added thin red strips of fresh red capsicum instead of pimentos, added a pinch of nutmeg and a couple of tablespoons of sherry { if no sherry, use white wine }5 stars

  4. Wow yum. Me and husband loved this. it is a treat…a little rich in calories. So good! That being said I am making your turkey chili tomorrow…238 cals a serving and 5 stars… Thank you Holly5 stars

  5. OMG, This was amazing absolutely amazing. The wife loved it as well we had the leftovers today and was amazing as well… just became Another of the favorite meal on the forever growing list of favs from Holly’s recipes!!! Thank you very much for all your hard work Holly we truly appreciate your recipes a lot!!5 stars

  6. Hi Holly, just finished making this and I think it will be really good. One thing I might do differently next time is put less flour in. It’s very thick, which is fine, but I will probably put 1/4 cup instead of 1/2 cup in. I also added a bit more salt than the recipe called for. But I think it will be really good, serving it over rice. Thanks for another great recipe!5 stars

  7. All the classic and delicious ingredients to a *proper* Chicken ala King made easy with this wonderful recipe! I have been making this dish for almost fifty years following a classic old time recipe and yours simplified the procedure and was just as tasty if not more so than the other recipe. Thank you for sharing, it will now be the only ala King recipe I use.
    As an aside, pimento’s are definitely an integral part of the recipe, not red peppers 5 stars

  8. I’ve been making this dish with my 50-year old recipe for, well, 50 years! Your recipe is just as good, but streamlined and still tasty! Thanks!5 stars