Yesterday I wrote about the roasted chicken I made for our dinner on Sunday evening. Here it is Thursday and the last of the chicken will grace our table tonight. We usually get three meals out of a 5 pound chicken; the original meal, the chicken roast as a leftover meal and a third meal of whatever is left on the carcass. This usually takes the form of chicken pot pies, chicken enchiladas or chicken soup. Tonight we are having something different – Chicken a la King.
I don’t know why but I have never made Chicken a la King before. It’s actually pretty easy. Even better because you can substitute ingredients and use up other leftovers. That’s what I did today. And, because we have a meeting to attend at 6:30, I made the dish this morning and stuck it in the fridge. When we return from our meeting tonight I can take it out, warm it gently and serve it up. No time like the present to add a new leftover recipe to the repertoire.
Chicken a la King – Leftover Style 2 servings
- 1 tbl unsalted butter
- 2 ounces mushrooms, sliced (You can use any variety of mushrooms. I had leftover wood ear mushrooms so I am using those)
- 1 small green pepper
- 2 tbl flour
- 1 cup milk
- 1 1/2 cup cut up chicken
- 1/4 cup pimentos, drained
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tbl dry sherry (optional)
- 2 tbl minced parsley
- 2 servings cooked wide noodles
Melt the butter in a 12 inch skillet over moderate heat. Add the mushrooms and green pepper. Saute for about 4 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender. Add the flour to the pan and stir to coat the vegetables.
Gradually whisk in the milk and cook, stirring frequently, until thickened. Add the chicken, pimentos and salt and pepper to taste. Cook until heated through. The dish can be made ahead to this point, cooled and refrigerated until dinner.
Reheat gently, adding more milk if the sauce becomes too thick. Add the sherry if desired. Top with chopped parsley and serve over noodles or toast points.
I know original a la king recipes call for the mixture to be served over toast points but not in this house. Remember that I wrote about being an army wife? My husband had enough mystery stuff served over toast in the military to last him a lifetime. So no toast points in this house!
And for those of you wondering about my mise en place white dishes; they are plates I purchased years ago at the Pfaltzgraff outlet store. They were originally made, as you can see from the picture below, as the meal plate for Delta Airlines, back when you got meals on a plane AND they came on a ceramic plate!