Rick’s Chicken a la King

INGREDIENTS

  • 5 tablespoons butter divided
  • 1¼-1½ pounds boneless chicken breasts cut into ½-inch chunks
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper chopped
  • ½ medium green pepper chopped
  • 1 small shallot chopped, optional
  • 2 small cans mushroom pieces drained*
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour or Wondra flour
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt optional
  • ½ cup ready-to-use chicken broth*
  • ½ cup dry white wine or sherry
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • ½ cup frozen baby peas thawed

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a large non-stick skillet, melt 3 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat. Sauté the chicken for 5-6 minutes or until no pink remains in the chicken. Remove the chicken and set aside.
  2. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons butter, then lightly sauté the shallots, red pepper, and green pepper together for 2 minutes. Add the flour and continue sautéing for a minute or so longer. Stir in the mushrooms and then add the chicken stock and white wine. Bring to a gentle boil and continue to cook over medium heat to thicken, about 5-8 minutes.
  3. Stir in the cooked chicken, then slowly add the cream and bring to a simmer, stirring until smooth and thickened. Add the peas. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer until heated throughout, stirring frequently. Serve immediately over lightly buttered toast (best), cooked white rice, or egg noodles.

(*For chicken broth you can substitute the juice from the mushrooms and one packet of chicken bouillon.)