Chicken ala King, especially served in crisp pastry cups, have been a long time childhood favorite of mine. Although the pastry cups are time consuming to prepare, my filling recipe isn’t. Your end result is a thick and creamy, gravy-like chicken and vegetable filling, that is studded with bits of hard boiled eggs. Once all the ingredients are gathered, the filling is very easy to prepare. My chicken ala king filling is so versatile, it can be used to top off baked puff pastry shells, fresh or canned biscuits, and can even be used to make chicken pot pies.
Here is the link to my Pastry Shells pictured; aka Patty Cups:
3 – 4 Chicken breasts
1 heaping Tbsp. Chicken bouillon
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Black pepper
1 tsp. Accent
1/2 cup unsalted Butter
1/2 cup All-purpose flour
2 cups Chicken broth (used from boiling chicken)
2 cups Whole milk
4 cups chopped cooked Chicken
4 cups Mixed Vegetables (parboiled in hot water for about 10 – 15 minutes, drained)
1 1/2 tsp. Salt, to taste
1 1/2 tsp. Onion powder
1 tsp. Garlic powder
1 tsp. Accent
1/2 tsp. ground Black pepper
3 – 4 Hard boiled eggs, peeled and chopped (optional)
Let’s begin by making the broth. Combine the chicken breasts with the seasonings along with enough water to cover the chicken pieces, in a large pot. Bring this to hard boil and then reduce the heat to about MEDIUM, cover the pot and allow the chicken to cook for about 30 minutes or until they become tender. Once they are cooked, remove the chicken onto a plate to allow them to cool for easier handling. Chop the chicken into bite-sized pieces, and set aside. Reserve 2 cups of this broth for the filling’s liquid.
In a deep pot or skillet, on MEDIUM heat, add the butter. Allow it to melt completely. Add the flour; and stir to combine using a wire whisk.
Whisk the butter and flour mixture together for 2 – 3 minutes, keeping the temperature on MEDIUM heat. Now whisk in the chicken broth, continue whisking until the mixture becomes smooth. Reduce heat to MEDIUM LOW.
Slowly add the milk, while whisking continuously. Allow this mixture to cook for about 3 minutes, it will start to thicken as it cooks even more.
Once the mixture has thickened slightly, add the chopped chicken pieces, parboiled mixed vegetables and the remaining seasonings. Stir to combine these ingredients thoroughly with the thickened mixture. Taste and adjust seasonings accordingly. Bring this to a slight boil, stir again. Turn off the heat.
If you are using the chopped boiled eggs, add it at this time. Stir to combine and incorporate well. VOILA! You just made Chicken ala King. ENJOY! 😉
Here is the brand of powdered Chicken Bouillon I like using, but please use what you prefer.