One-Pan Chicken a-la-King Recipe is so easy to make that it will become part of your weekly dinner rotation. This classic chicken recipe is rich, creamy, and delicious. With mushrooms, pimentos, and peas in a creamy sauce, it goes perfectly aside any side dish.

chicken a la king recipe on top of biscuit with fork on white plate
These easy One-Pan Dinner will quickly become a family favorite!

An Easy and Comforting Family Dinner

There’s something about meals that has a flavorful and creamy sauce. It’s a great way to enjoy vegetables, especially if you aren’t the biggest fan. This is why it’s the best choice for kids! Any meal that is easy to make, saves time and dishes, AND my kiddos will enjoy is a win. One-pan dinners are always at the top of my list of favorites.

Related: Simple Sheet Pan Chicken Dinner

What is Chicken a-la-King?

Although there is no real information about this recipe’s origin, it has been around for centuries. Chicken a la King translates to “chicken in the style of a king” and is made of chopped chicken and mushrooms in a cream sauce traditionally served over egg noodles, rice, pasta, or biscuits.

It is traditionally made with chicken but some variations use tuna or turkey as a substitute.

How to Make Chicken ala King

This is a very easy recipe that is made with veggies cooked in butter, a traditional roux, and seasonings. All of the ingredients are simmered together to thicken and deepen the flavor of the sauce. It makes your kitchen smell so good. Trust me, when my little ones pop their heads in to ask what the smell is, you know dinner is going to be delicious.

ingredients needed to make chicken a la king recipe
Ingredients you will need to make this Chicken a la King Recipe

Ingredients Needed to Make This Chicken a-la-King Recipe

  • butter – Unsalted is best for this recipe.
  • green bell pepper – This needs to be chopped but the pieces don’t need to be really small.
  • yellow onion – This requires fine dicing.
  • fresh mushrooms – These only need to be sliced.
  • salt
  • black pepper 
  • all-purpose flour
  • milk – Whole or 2% are the best options.
  • chicken stock or broth 
  • cooked chicken – Chopped or shredded will work.
  • diced pimentos – Drain the liquid before adding.
  • frozen peas

Directions For Chicken a-la-King

Step 1

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat.

Step 2 

Add green peppers and onions and cook for about 3-4 minutes or until tender. Then, add the mushrooms and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.

Step 3

Slowly sprinkle the flour over the veggies and stir constantly to make a roux. Cook for about 2-3 minutes.

Step 4

Pour in chicken stock and stir constantly until combined. Then, pour in the milk and stir until combined as well.

Tip: There shouldn’t be any lumps of flour.

Step 5

Stir in chicken, pimentos, and peas. Cook until heated through and this should take 3-4 minutes.

Step 6

Serve with your choice of side immediately and enjoy!

Step 7

Store leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

chicken a la king recipe in skillet served with biscuits
This Chicken a la King Recipe comes together in under 30 minutes.

Types of Chicken

This easy chicken a la king recipe calls for cooked chicken. Here is what you can use!

  • Rotisserie chicken, shredded
  • Frozen chicken breasts, thawed, cooked and chopped
  • Bake or Boil chicken breasts yourself

Can I freeze Chicken A-la-King?

Yes, you can freeze Chicken A-la-King. Simply let it cool completely, then transfer it to an airtight container or freezer bag and freeze for up to three months. When you’re ready to eat it, simply thaw it in the refrigerator and reheat it on the stove or in the microwave.

Is Chicken A-la-King a healthy meal option?

While Chicken A-la-King is certainly delicious, it’s not necessarily the healthiest option. The creamy sauce is high in calories and fat, so it’s best to enjoy this dish in moderation and pair it with plenty of fresh vegetables or a side salad to balance it out.

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This Chicken a la King Recipe can easily be adjusted to fit your tastes.

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chicken a la king served over biscuits on white plate with fork
Serve the Chicken a la King Recipe over biscuits for a super easy meal.
Yield: 6

Chicken a-la-King Recipe

wooden spoon with chicken a la king

One-Pan Chicken a la King is so easy to make that it will become part of your weekly dinner rotation.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • ½ cup green bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ cup yellow onion, diced small
  • 8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups chicken stock or broth
  • 3 cups cooked chicken, chopped or shredded
  • 1 jar (2 oz) diced pimentos, drained
  • 1 cup frozen peas

Serving options

  • Biscuits, large flakey
  • Rice
  • Noodles


    1. Melt butter in large skillet 
    2. Add green peppers and onions and cook until tender, about 3-4 minutes
    3. Add mushrooms and cook until tender, about 1-2 minutes 
    4. Sprinkle flour over vegetables and cook to make a roux, about 2-3 minutes 
    5. Slowly pour chicken stock into skillet, stirring constantly 
    6. Then slowly pour in the milk, stirring constantly 
    7. Stir in chicken, pimentos and peas
    8. Continue cooking until heated through, about 3-4 minutes 
    9. Serve immediately with biscuits, rice or noodles
    10. Store leftovers in refrigerator

    Nutrition Information:



    Serving Size:


    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 404Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 502mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 3gSugar: 8gProtein: 27g

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