Dairy-Free Chicken a la King

Vol-au-vent (french pastry with savory filling), on bed of greens, close-up
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Total Time 20 min
Prep 5 min, Cook 15 min
Yield 6 servings (190 calories each)

Ah, chicken (or turkey) a la king—comfort food indeed. It is a dish made of chicken, cream, mushrooms, and sometimes sherry. Dairy-free and comfort food may not sound like they mix, but it is possible by simply substituting soy or almond milk for regular milk and cream. Combined with the flour and chicken broth, it makes the white sauce that is a signature part of this classic dish. Pimentos add a bit of unexpected flavor and a burst of color.

This is an ideal dish to make when you have leftover cooked chicken or turkey, or a fresh rotisserie chicken in the fridge. Chicken a la king is traditionally served over rice, pasta, or bread. 

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 1 small (2-ounce) can mushrooms, or 4 to 6 ounces fresh mushrooms, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened soy or almond milk
  • 1 1/4 cups chicken stock, or water with chicken Better than Bouillon or regular bouillon
  • Salt to taste if using chicken stock (but not bouillon)
  • 2 cups cooked chicken or turkey, diced or shredded
  • One 4-ounce jar chopped pimentos

Preparation

  1. Heat the oil or butter in a skillet over medium-high heat and saute the onion for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the green pepper and mushrooms, and cook another 5 minutes or so, until softening. Add black pepper and combine.
  2. Add the flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes.
  3. Add soy milk and chicken stock. Add salt if needed. Bring to a simmer and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Add cooked chicken or turkey and pimento. Heat through and serve.

    Ingredient Substitutions and Serving Suggestions

    While keeping this dish dairy-free, you can use coconut milk in place of the soy or almond milk. It will not impart a coconut flavor to the dish but will make it nice and creamy. 

    To keep this meal healthy and add some nutrition, serve this dairy-free chicken a la king over "cauli-rice" or toasted flaxseed focaccia bread. As an alternative to pasta, try quinoa pasta. Just be sure you cook it al dente because if it is overcooked it will raise the glycemic index of the food.

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