Portland, Maine Photographer :: Chicken A La King Recipe

This recipe is another hit in my household! It’s pretty simple to make and it tastes DELICIOUS! This one comes from my Best Lost Suppers cookbook!


  • 1.5 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped fine
  • 1 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and chopped fine
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup drained jarred pimientos, chopped fine
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
  • 8 slices Italian bread, toasted
  • paprika

#1. Heat the oil in a big pot (or Dutch oven) over medium-high heat until it’s just smoking. Cook the chicken until its golden brown on both sides, about five minutes, flipping halfway through. Move the chicken to a plate. 

#2. Melt the butter in the pot over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots, bell pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt and cook. Stir it occasionally. I usually wait until the onions have started to turn a little golden, and the carrots are slightly soft. Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Pour in the broth, cream, thyme, and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. 

#3. Put the chicken back in the pot, along with any juices that have accumulated on the plate. Bring it to a simmer, cover, and cook it until the chicken is cooked thoroughly. I typically leave it in there for 25-30 minutes just to be safe! 

#4. Take the chicken breasts out of the pot and shred them into bite-sized pieces. I just throw them in the blender and hit “pulse” a few times and its good to go! Put the shredded chicken back into the pot. Stir 1/4 cup of the warm sauce from the pot, and the egg yolks together in a bowl. Stir the egg yolk mixture, pimientos, lemon juice, and parsley into the pot and season with salt and pepper. 

#5. I toast some italian bread, and pour the mixture over the top of the bread, sprinkle it with paprika and cheese and chow down! It’s so yummy!

If you give this recipe a try, be sure to tell me what you think! 🙂



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