Make Creamy Keto Chicken a la King Using Just One Pan
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Create a keto version of Chicken a la King featuring sauteed mushrooms and a rich creamy sauce as an easy skillet meal.
This hearty keto dinner recipe is a feast for your stomach and eyes!
Consider making my low-carb version of Chicken a la King the next time you make a weeknight skillet meal. I love that it brings in all the cozy vibes of this classic creamy chicken and mushroom dish minus the added carbs from the traditional preparation with noodles. The skillet-cooked chicken and buttery garlic sauce get served over cauliflower rice for a comforting and hearty meal the whole family will love.
What is Chicken a la King?
This cubed chicken dish became popular in the 1950s and ’60s. It typically features a can of condensed cream soup, peas, and carrots. It is usually served over egg noodles or rice.
According to QuaintCooking.com, the history surrounding Chicken a la King has numerous theories. One includes how it was created in the late 19th century at the popular New York beachside resort, Brighton Beach Hotel. The article states, “Chef George Greenwald created the dish and asked the owners Clark King II and his wife to try it. They loved it and asked for more.”
Keto Chicken a la King
yield: 4 SERVINGS
prep time: 15 MINUTES
cook time: 30 MINUTES
total time: 45 MINUTES
Skillet cooked chicken with sautéed mushrooms and buttery cream sauce.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 1/2 pounds chicken breast or tenders
- dash of salt and pepper
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 4 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1/2 an onion, chopped
- 8 oz. sliced mushrooms
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 6 oz. frozen green beans
- 2 oz. pimentos (half a jar)
- cauliflower rice or zucchini noodles for serving
Extra tips for making one-skillet keto Chicken a la King:
- I served mine over cauliflower rice, but you could always use your favorite veggie or keto noodle alternative!
- Want to try your hand at Turkey a la King? You can use shredded turkey in this dish instead of chicken. Skip the first step and add in leftover cooked turkey if desired.
- This sauce is a bit thin and buttery. If you’d like to thicken it a bit, consider adding a few tablespoons of cream cheese to the sauce. I plan on trying that next time!
- Freshly shredded parmesan cheese will melt more easily than the store-bought pre-shredded variety.
I loved this chicken and veggies meal!
The mushrooms and onions have such a great flavor and honestly, you don’t miss the peas and carrots this dish typically has. If you have any leftovers they warm up well. I also like that if you have any family members who prefer having full-carb noodles, that is also a serving option here!
Here’s what my sidekick Emily had to say about testing my recipe:
“The heavenly smells that will come from your stovetop while cooking this dish are what cozy comfort meal dreams are made of! Even if you’re not crazy about mushrooms (hi, that’s me!), this dish might convince you otherwise. The flavors are spot. on. perfection. Perfect for an elevated weeknight meal or even better for a dinner party. You will wow any guest with this recipe, and it doesn’t scream, ‘keto!’ at any non-keto-eaters either. I added about 2/3 tablespoons of cream cheese when I poured in the heavy cream and broth, and I let it simmer covered for about 7-8 minutes at the end to really let everything come together. Served it up over some microwave cauli rice and it is so dreamy!”