Growing up my Mum would make chicken a la king and it would get gobbled up in no time. As much as I love her recipe- condensed mushroom soup and all!- I needed to come up with a version Will could eat sans gluten. Hmmm…. So I tried my hand at making a healthy version and was beyond happy with the results. The sauce & chicken could even be tossed in a slow cooker to save time.
Yummy Mummy Recipe: Gluten Free Chicken A La King
Serves 4- 6
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 medium- large onions, diced
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 green pepper, diced
3 cups mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup green peas
1 cup almond milk
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce (check for gluten in the contents)
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp paprika
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 cups rice (uncooked measurement)
Optional: 1 cup grated parmesan or goat cheese
Salt & pepper to taste
1. Heat oil in pan on medium heat; in a separate pot, begin heating rice.
2. While oil is heating, cut the chicken breasts into chunks. When oil is heated, toss in garlic, onions, & green pepper; sauté until onions are transparent (approx 5minutes); bring rice to a boil, then cover & reduce heat; cook for 15 minutes.
3. Add spices & Worcestershire sauce to the pan, followed by the chicken. When chicken is cooked, add in a 1/2 cup of the almond milk. Cover & simmer for 10 minutes (sauce should thicken a little bit).
4. In a casserole dish layer rice on bottom & cover with chicken mix. Take the remaining 1/2 cup of almond milk & heat it in the same pan to absorb any of the remaining flavour left behind. When hot, pour over chicken. Season with salt & pepper to taste.
5. Optional: Sprinkle with cheese and bake in the oven at 325 degrees for 15 minutes
For the slow cooker/ Crock Pot:
Nice & simple! Add the veggies and spices to the pot and stir (you can skip the oil). Add chicken on top followed by all of the almond milk; stir so that chicken gets coated. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours. Just cook up the rice & you have a yummy meal ready when you get home from work!
What was your favourite dish growing up? Would you ever give it a ‘healthy makeover’?
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