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Chicken a la King with Homemade Sauce


chicken a la king in puff pastry shells
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This chicken a la king recipe is made with a rich homemade sauce. A little sherry and some tarragon add flavor to the creamy sauce. 


  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 small red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups white sauce, recipe link below
  • 1/3 cup dry sherry
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried leaf tarragon
  • pinch ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3 cups diced cooked chicken


In a saucepan sauté mushrooms and red and green bell pepper in the butter for 4 to 5 minutes. Add white sauce, sherry, tarragon, cayenne and salt and pepper. Bring just to the boiling point, stirring constantly. Whisk egg yolks with cream and quickly stir into the sauce. Add the chicken and heat through; do not boil. Serve chicken a la king over rice, toast, or pastry shells.
Serves 6.
white sauce


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