Low-Carb Recipe | Chicken A La King

chicken a la king
Chicken a la King can be made with whatever vegetables you have on hand. Photo: Lauri Patterson
Total Time 20 min
Prep 5 min, Cook 15 min
Yield 6 servings

Low-carb diet and comfort food may not sound like they mix, but this recipe is guilt-free and ready for your dinner plate. Ah, Chicken (or turkey) A La King - comfort food indeed. This is one of our favorite ways to use up leftover cooked chicken or turkey. If you're one to prep food in advance, use that to make this recipe and give your regular meal routine a boost. The only question on low-carb diets is how to manage the fact that this has as its base a white sauce. There are a lot of sauce options for low carb diets- I recommend this information on making low-carb sauces. When it comes to making a low carb sauce, I like to use a half and half approach, using partly a starchy thickener (some type of flour) and partly a low-carb product such as xanthan gum or Thicken Thin which lowers the carb count of this dish. Find what works for you and work it to your advantage and be sure it's within your alloted amount of carbs.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked chicken or turkey
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped (about 3 oz)
  • 1 small can of mushrooms or 4 to 6 oz fresh chopped mushrooms
  • 2 Tablespoons oil or butter
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 Tablespoons flour or less flour and a low carb alternative, see note
  • 1 cup milk or unsweetened soy or almond milk (carb count is for unsweetened soy or almond milk)
  • ½ cup cream
  • 1¼ cups chicken stock, or water with chicken Better than Bouillon or regular bouillon
  • 1 4 oz jar chopped pimentos
  • Salt if not using bouillon

Preparation

  1. Heat the oil or butter and saute' the onion for 2-3 minutes. Add the green pepper and mushrooms, and cook until softening. Add black pepper.
  2. Add the flour, if using as a thickener. Cook for 2 minutes before adding liquids.
  3. Add liquids. Add low-carb thickeners, and any flavorings such as Better than Bouillon. Add salt if needed. Bring to a simmer and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Add chicken/turkey and pimento. Heat through.

    Serving Suggestions: Serve over "Cauli-Rice" or low-carb toast (such as toasted Flax Meal Foccacia Bread). Alternatively, any low-carb pasta or pasta substitute works well such as quinoa pasta. Be sure if you use quinoa pasta you cook it al dente, as if it is overcooked, it will raise the glycemic index of the food.

    Nutritional Information: Using above recipe, each of 6 servings has 5 grams effective carbohydrate plus 1 grams fiber, 17 grams protein, and 237 calories. The flour adds 2 grams of carb per serving. If you use only flour (6 tablespoons) to thicken, it would add 4 additional grams per serving.

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