The Super-Secret Recipe File: Cheryl's Chicken a la King

I got it from the internet, tried it, and loved it, even though I'm not a big fan of Chicken a la King (partner is).
2 Tbsp butter       1 pound chicken breast tenders
1/2 to 3/4 pound fresh asparagus, cut into 3/4 inch pieces       2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 leek (white and tender green), washed and chopped       1 medium green pepper, chopped
1 medium red pepper, chopped       1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
1/4 c dry sherry       3/4 c chicken broth
2 tsp cornstarch       3/4 c heavy cream
1/2 tsp salt       1/4 tsp pepper

I used one bunch of asparagus (took advantage of the spring vegetable). I also doubled the amount of cream and cornstarch and added 1/4 C of chicken broth because I didn't feel it didn't make enough sauce.


In a 12-inch skillet, melt butter over high heat. Add chicken and cook, turning occasionally, until brown on both sides, 5-7 minutes. Remove to a dish.

Add asparagus to drippings in skillet. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Remove to dish with chicken.

Add oil to pan and heat over high heat. Add leeks, green and red peppers, and mushrooms and cook, stirring often, until peppers are crisp-tender, about 3 minutes.

Stir in sherry and chicken broth. Boil, stirring occasionally, about 4 minutes to reduce liquid slightly.

Mix cornstarch and cream until smooth. Stir into skillet. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce to medium and cook, stirring, until sauce thickens, 1-2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Return chicken and asparagus to skillet and heat through, about 1 minute.

REFERENCE: Natalie Haughton, 365 Easy One-Dish Meals. (New York: Harper & Row, 1990), 71.

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