Today’s gluten-free Chicken A La King recipe is one that I have linked to before when I shared it on another site. Today I’m bringing this recipe home to gfe so you all don’t have to go anywhere else to get it! Plus, I’ve made a few other needed updates to this post.
Chicken A La King is comfort food and I’m happy to say that we have entered the season of comfort food! Gluten-free Chicken A La King is also Son’s favorite meal. I mean his very, very favorite meal! Sure, he loves tons of other meals and foods, but if I ask him what he would like me to make “special” for him, the answer is always “Chicken A La King!” I tried different recipes over the years and finally created my own version that combined all the elements we loved. He’s enjoyed my “just gluten-free” Chicken A La King recipe since going gluten free when he was a teenager.
And now I have a confession, I haven’t made this meal for him since he went dairy free, which was a very, very long time ago, folks. As in several years ago. So although some of you thought I deserved the Super Mom Award for baking cookies for him at midnight a while back—and late-night cookie baking to satisfy requests is actually a pretty common occurrence at our house —I am not always as quick to honor all of his recipe requests.
The version of Chicken A La King I have always made for us was naturally gluten free except for a small amount of flour, so it was easy to substitute my Two-Ingredient Gluten-Free Flour Mix to make a gluten-free version. I just never got around to making this recipe dairy free after Son also went dairy free.
Son hasn’t bugged me too much over the years about making gluten-free, dairy-free Chicken A La King for him, but when we went camping on July 4th, once again he wistfully mentioned missing Chicken A La King. An immediate wave of guilt went through me. Of course, we were camping and while I have no doubt that I could make Chicken A La King in that setting, I didn’t have the needed ingredients with me and we had lots of other great meals to keep him and us happy that weekend.
Still, Son’s recent mention of his beloved Chicken A La King stuck in my head. Again, true Mom guilt, you know? When he told me that he was coming home this past weekend, I got ready. I checked my ingredients list and headed to our grocery store, Food Lion (which is conveniently located across the street from where we live) and bought all that I needed to make gluten-free, dairy-free Chicken A La King. It turns out it was really easy to make my recipe dairy free for Son. I simply substituted dairy-free butter and dairy-free milk and left out the cheese. I’ve left out cheese before in this recipe and as much as I love cheese, I actually like this recipe better without it.
What did Son think of this recipe? He thought it was fantastic! Of course, his review made me very, very happy! He ate the big plate shown here and then ate the entire remainder of all that I’d made once he got back home.
Yes, I sent him home with ALL that the recipe made as well as a whole cooler of food. That Mom thing once again!
Then Mr. GFE whined because there was no Chicken A La King for him so I made the recipe again, this time with dairy ingredients, including cheese. Happy Son, happy Mr. GFE! Happy Mom/wife! Sappy, but true.
Although I made this recipe dairy free to accommodate Son, if you eat dairy, you can simply use dairy versions of ingredients such as milk in the recipe. If you’re grain free and/or paleo, it’s easy to adapt this recipe for your needs as well. Simply use a thickener like arrowroot or coconut flour (be sure to use the latter in a smaller amount as it’s much more absorbent) and serve your gluten-free Chicken A La King over zucchini noodles (aka zoodles, or other grain-free noodles), grain-free toast, etc.
Gluten-Free Chicken A La King Recipe
Gluten-free Chicken A La King is creamy and delicious comfort food all the way! Wonderful way to use leftover chicken and other leftover ingredients (like rice and peas) as well. Feel free to use leftover turkey instead of chicken during the holidays. I usually use leftover chicken for this recipe. However, when I bake chicken specifically for this recipe, I bake about six boneless chicken breasts (more than I need by far) at 350F for about one hour, salting and peppering them well before baking. I turn the breasts over halfway through baking and I reserve the "broth" that is made from baking the chicken and use that as my chicken broth. Because I've salted and peppered the chicken breasts during baking, I don't add additional salt and pepper when I make my Chicken A La King. This recipe is very flexible. You can adjust the amounts of butter (or oil), milk, flour, cheese (if used), etc. to your own personal preferences. Even with these slight variations, it's delicious every time!
Gluten-Free Chicken A La King
Gluten-free Chicken A La King is creamy and delicious comfort food all the way! Wonderful way to use leftover chicken and other leftover ingredients (like rice and peas) as well. Feel free to use leftover turkey instead of chicken during the holidays.
I usually use leftover chicken for this recipe. However, when I bake chicken specifically for this recipe, I bake about six boneless chicken breasts (more than I need by far) at 350F for about one hour, salting and peppering them well before baking. I turn the breasts over halfway through baking and I reserve the "broth" that is made from baking the chicken and use that as my chicken broth. Because I've salted and peppered the chicken breasts during baking, I don't add additional salt and pepper when I make my Chicken A La King.
This recipe is very flexible. You can adjust the amounts of butter (or oil), milk, flour, cheese (if used), etc. to your own personal preferences. Even with these slight variations, it's delicious every time!
Ina Gawne says
Thanks for sharing Shirley! I always wondered what Chicken A La King was…now I know! This would also be delicious with curry….yummm it is giving me some ideas. If I create another recipe out of this one I will let you know how it turned out.
Hi Ina–It’s an “old school” dish that’s really quite delicious! You’re right … I bet you curry lovers could easily turn this into a curry dish. 😉 I’ll be interested to see what you come up with later. 🙂
Wow! That looks delicious, Shirley! I’m sure my family would love it, too. 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing it at Savoring Saturdays!
Thanks, Raia! It’s a classic dish and usually folks do love it, so I hope your family does if you give it a try. 🙂 Thanks for hosting Savoring Saturdays every week. I always look forward to it!
Looks delicious shirley, I love your two ingredient gluten free flour, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop, pinning and tweeting.
Hi Swathi–Thanks on all! Yes, only two ingredients for gluten-free flour mix makes things sooo much easier, doesn’t it? 🙂
This looks delicious and will make it soon. The idea to make a curry sounds great too. Looking at the basic recipe, I think by adding a few vegetables, it could easily be made into a pot pie with either a gluten free pie crust or dumplings.
Hi MaryAnn–Welcome to gfe! 🙂 Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment. This is a wonderful recipe that could be adapted a number of different ways for sure; however, I do already have a really divine Pot Pie recipe that you might want to check out here. 😉
Alisa Fleming says
You are the gluten-free comfort food queen Shirley! I pinned and will be making this over the winter. I’ll be loading it with peas and carrots, too, totally 70’s with the veggies 🙂
Shirley Braden says
LOL, Alisa. I try! I’m so happy to be back in comfort food season! 😉 Nothing wrong with going 70s on the veggies. I adore peas and peas and carrots are always a good combo! 🙂 Thanks for sharing this recipe on Pinterest!
April J Harris says
I totally get what you mean by Mom guilt, Shirley! It gets me every time! Your Chicken a la King looks wonderful. Love that it has the flexibility to be dairy free too. Shared on our Hearth and Soul Facebook page!
Shirley Braden says
April–I know, right? I think that mom who doesn’t ever experience Mom guilt is a rarity. 😉 Ironically, Son will often tell me, “Mom, don’t try to guilt me into that. You’re wasting your time!” LOL, but true. Thanks regarding this recipe. It’s nice to have it back on the table when he comes home for a visit. 🙂 I appreciate your sharing as always!
I pinned this. It looks great. I remember this from my childhood and haven’t made it since.
Also wanted to thank you for the cookbook I won! It has so many good looking recipes in it! Thank you so much!
Shirley Braden says
Hi Bev–I love stirring up childhood food memories! This recipe is comfort food at its best. I really hope you enjoy it. 🙂 And I’m so happy, too, that your cookbook arrived and you’re so pleased with it!
Christine Johnston says
Loved using your (mostly followed) recipe for chicken a la king! Glad you shared it!
Shirley Braden says
Hi Christine–It looks like you’re new to gfe–welcome!! I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe and also that you “mostly followed” it. That is me to a “t”—always tweaking recipes to my own liking. The best savory recipes are easily adapted like that. Sweet, baking type recipes may be a little riskier to tweak but I still love doing it. LOL Anyway, you’re a woman after my own heart. 🙂 Thanks so much for taking the time to comment!