Dairy-Free Chicken a la King is a filling dish made up of diced chicken and vegetables in a cream sauce served over noodles, rice or toast points. The cream sauce is similar to a breakfast gravy but uses both milk and chicken broth.
Toast points are toast made under the broiler. To make them, first butter one side of the bread then lightly salt and pepper it. Next, broil the bread for a few minutes on each side until toasted. Then, remove the crusts and cut the slices into triangles. You can leave the crusts on the bread, if you prefer.
Toast points are a good base for cream dishes like Chicken a la King or Shrimp Newburg. They are good by themselves, too!
Use a good quality bread when making toast points. I like to use Arnold Country White Bread for toast points. It is a chewy and soft, yet firm bread. It holds up well under the broiler and with Chicken a la King on top.
When I want to serve this dish over noodles, I usually make my own Egg Noodles because they are quick and easy to make. Purchased noodles will be good, too. When serving the dish over rice, I make Basmati rice.
Making Chicken a la King is a good way to use any leftover chicken because this recipe uses precooked chicken. I prefer to use diced chicken breasts in this dish but you can use the meat of your choice.
After making chicken stock, I have leftover chicken meat that I shred and freeze for later use. Using shredded chicken in this dish works well, too.
You can substitute turkey for chicken in this dish, but I guess that means you have Turkey a la King then!. 😉 So, keep this dish in mind when you have leftover turkey from Thanksgiving.
Some Chicken a la King recipes call for mushrooms. Neither Jeff nor I like mushrooms, so I don't use them. Other recipes include peas. I'm not a fan of peas. Jeff used to like peas, but he isn't a fan of them anymore either. So, no peas either! Picky, aren't we? 😉
We both like carrots and corn, so I use them in the dish. I'm not a fan of broccoli, but Jeff loves it. So, I cut the broccoli small and trick myself into eating it. Feel free to use whatever vegetables make you happy!
The broccoli and carrots that I use are vegetables that I bought fresh then blanched and froze. I buy the vegetables when they are in season and freeze them for use throughout the year. The corn is also corn that I bought when it was in season, cooked and froze.
If you are using cooked vegetables, add the vegetables at the same time you add the chicken, as stated in the recipe.
If you are using raw vegetables, you should add them at the same time you add the onion then cook until they are soft before adding the flour mixture to the saucepan. Otherwise, the vegetables won't be done.
I substituted vegan butter for butter and soy milk for milk or cream so that this dish is dairy-free. You can use butter and milk or cream if you are not concerned with making a dairy-free dish.
I hope you enjoy Dairy-Free Chicken a la King!
Dairy-Free Chicken a la King
- 5 tablespoons vegan butter You can use butter if you are not concerned with being dairy-free.
- 1 cup broccoli, chopped I use frozen broccoli. If you use raw broccoli, add it when you add the onions.
- 1 cup carrots, chopped I use frozen carrots. If you use raw carrots, add them when you add the onions.
- 1 cup corn
- 1/4 cup onion, chopped
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 1/2 cups soy milk You can use milk, if you are not concerned about being dairy-free
- 1 1/2 cups chicken stock Start with one cup, then add the rest if the sauce needs to be thinned.
- 3 cups chicken, cooked and diced
- Mix the flour, salt and pepper together and set aside.
- Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.
- Add the onion and cook for about 5 minutes.
- Gradually add the flour mixture, stirring well after each addition.
- Once all of the flour mixture is added, continue to stir constantly for about 2 minutes.
- Gradually add the soy milk and 1 cup of chicken broth. Stir constantly.
- Turn the heat to low to medium-low.
- Continue to stir constantly for about two more minutes until the mixture is hot and has thickened. Add more chicken broth if the sauce is too thick.
- Add the diced chicken and vegetables then stir until heated through.
- Serve over rice, noodles or toast points.
Last updated on August 31st, 2019