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One Pot Chicken-la-King

August 18, 2014

paleo chicken

By Coach Maria – Salus Nutritionist & Food Expert

Chicken a la King has pretty much stood the test of time.  It’s one of the ultimate comfort foods containing tender chicken, plenty of veggies and mushrooms in a creamy sauce that is traditionally served over pasta or rice (we used to eat it over toasted bread growing up!).

Making an effort to feed my family lower refined carb and dairy free meals, I decided to tweak the traditional recipe to meet our health goals.

Although this recipe is full of colorful veggies, mushrooms and chicken, it does not include the often heavy ingredients that come from the traditional recipe.  Creaminess, however, is not lacking – this dish is creamy and delicious!

And because a bit of bacon makes everything taste better, that addition makes the meal!

Serve over cauliflower rice, zucchini noodles, or mashed sweet potato.

Ingredients
serves 4

4 oz bacon, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 leeks, chopped
1 packaged sliced mushrooms
1 red or yellow bell pepper, diced
2 chicken breasts, diced
1/4-1/2 c white wine (optional, but it adds an amazing flavor! Sub with chicken stock if desired)
1 can full fat coconut milk (don’t be afraid of the full fat milk – these are healthy and essential fats!)
1 Tblsp arrowroot powder dissolved in reserved 1/4 c coconut milk (tapioca works as well)

Heat large skillet over med high heat and saut√© bacon until semi crispy.  Set aside and leave 2 Tblsp bacon fat.
Add onion and leeks to pan and cook until onion turns translucent (about 3-4 minutes).
Add chicken, mushrooms, cooked bacon and bell pepper.  Cook an additional 5 minutes.
Add white wine (or chicken broth) and cook until it is reduced by 3/4.
Add all but a 1/4 c of coconut milk.
Add the arrowroot and 1/4 c reserved coconut milk – cook until thickened (if too thickened, thin out by adding some water or chicken broth).
Season with some salt and pepper to taste.
Enjoy!

Nutritional Information Per Serving:

Protein:        8g
Carbs:        12g
Fat:            11g
Sugars:        4g

Nutritional information are estimates and may vary

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