Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Chicken A La King

It is November and it is snowing at my house right now! The weather is getting colder and that means warm comfort food is needed and this dish is the perfect comfort food. Chicken, creamy sauce, cheese and buttery puff pastry, what is not to love? This dish is really similar to a pot pie, but it's in a little puff pastry shell which I think is better!

Chicken A La King
From Just Get Off Your Butt and Bake

Chicken-cooked and cut into bite size pieces
Vegetables-you can use steamed fresh vegetables or I just used about 1 cup of frozen mixed vegetables, un thawed
1 Box of Puffed Pastry Shells-6 come in a box

1/3 cup butter
1/4 cup cornstarch mixed with 1/2 cup cold water
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon sugar
2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups grated or shredded cheddar cheese
***You can also add 1/4 teaspoon cracked red pepper flakes, 1/4 teaspoon onion powder, 1/4 teaspoon celery salt***

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place your puff pastry shells on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Mix together 1 egg and 1 Tablespoon water. Brush the egg mixture over the shells. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove the centers from the shells and set aside. Continue baking the shells for another 5 minutes.

While the shells are baking, make your sauce. In a medium saucepan over medium heat melt the butter. Add the broth, seasonings, milk and cornstarch mixture. Stir until sauce has thickened. Turn to low heat and add your cheese. Stir until the cheese is melted and combined. Do not let the sauce boil. If it gets too thick add more milk or broth. Add in the chicken and vegetables and stir warm, about 5 minutes. Fill your shells and top with cheese!

***We had leftover sauce and I had it the next day over egg noodles-so good!***


Melanie said...

We have chicken ala king on the menu for this week too!

Although when Matt went grocery shopping he couldn't find the puff pastry (not knowing it was in the frozen isle) so he bought biscuits instead.

This time we'll be doing it with biscuits, but next time... oh next time- I will have my puff pastry.

Ariel said...

I am making this tonight! I am so excited!!

Tara said...

That looks soo soo good!