Chicken a la King

I’m not a big fan of Rachel Ray, but I tried this one years ago and actually liked it a lot.  I happened to have all of the ingredients on hand and it’s totally easy, so voila!  Dinner!

Long Live the Chicken a la King

1 tube jumbo bake-off biscuits (recommended: Pillsbury brand “Grands”), available on dairy aisle
A sprinkle cayenne (spicy) or sweet paprika (mild) (I always forget this part)
1 cup dry white wine
2 cups chicken broth
1 bay leaf
4 pieces boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I used thighs)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil or extra-virgin olive oil, 1 turn of the pan
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 small white onion, chopped
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons chopped pimentos (I didn’t have any so I didn’t use them)
1 cup frozen green peas
2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf or curly parsley

Preheat oven according to package directions for biscuits. Arrange biscuits on nonstick baking sheet and sprinkle with a little ground cayenne pepper or sweet paprika then place biscuits into a preheated oven. Bake until golden, remove biscuits from oven and then cool.

In a medium skillet, bring 1 cup white wine and 2 cups chicken broth and 1 bay leaf to a boil. Slide in chicken breasts and gently poach them in simmering broth and wine for 10 to 12 minutes.

Preheat a second skillet over medium heat. Add oil and butter. When butter melts into oil, add mushrooms and onion and cook 5 minutes until tender. Add flour and cook another minute.

Pull chicken from broth and set on cutting board. Ladle cooking liquid into the mushrooms, whisking it in. Add 2 to 2 1/2 cups of liquid and discard the bay leaf. Add pimentos and peas to the sauce. Dice chicken into bite-size pieces and slide into bubbling sauce.

Split the biscuits, place bottoms on dinner plates and cover with ladles of Chicken a la King. Cap with biscuit tops and garnish with chopped parsley.

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Published in: on December 18, 2008 at 2:23 am  Leave a Comment  
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