cooking

Chicken a la King

Is Chicken a la King a popular thing? I have no idea. It’s something I’ve honestly never heard of until recently and then it felt like every TV show I watched mentioned it somehow. The most recent TV show was the show “Barry”. Which, if you have seen you need to watch immediately, is hilarious and dark and really well written. But Henry Winkler is in it and he’s an aged movie star (kind of a washed up has been) and he goes to the same Hollywood-old school era restaurant with dark lighting and red curtains and every time he orders Chicken a la King.

So I googled it. I’d heard it so many times now I was like, what is this dish?! Basically it seems like it’s a chicken pot pie without the pot pie part?

I had most of the ingredients on hand. I had to buy some pasta because we don’t really have that in abundance (keto and all that). I used some boneless, skinless chicken thighs, which were nice. I am not a mushroom fan at all but I did not hate them in this dish!

I used this recipe. It was a pretty good recipe, no weird ingredients, straight forward and easy to follow. Here it is:

INGREDIENTS

3 tbsp. butter

8 oz. baby bella mushrooms, sliced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 c. all-purpose flour

2 c. milk

1 c. low-sodium chicken broth

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Pinch cayenne pepper

1 (4-oz.) jar pimentos, drained and chopped

1/2 c. frozen peas

2 c. cooked and cubed chicken

Cooked pasta, for serving

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add mushrooms and cook until soft, 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute more. Add flour and stir to coat mushrooms, then add milk and broth slowly and whisk until no lumps remain. Simmer until sauce is thickened, 5 minutes. Season with salt, pepper, and a pinch of cayenne.
  2. Add pimentos, peas, and chicken and cook until warmed through, 5 minutes.
  3. Serve over cooked pasta.

I topped the pasta dish with a little parmesan cheese. Overall it was very good. We both liked it all. Next time I would add more garlic than just the 2 cloves. Always double it. πŸ˜€

Having not had pasta much in a long time (years), this was very good. According to the recipe you can have it with rice or pasta. I bet you can easily make it keto/low carb and use cauliflower rice or spaghetti squash and it would be delicious too.

P.S. We had the leftovers the next day over cauliflower rice and it was excellent!

Beachy Birthday

So this is 39!

For my birthday this year we made the trek to Depoe Bay to spend the weekend at an AirBnB house at the beach with friends. I’ve been looking forward to it for months! Saturday I went to the gym and then we packed the car and left after lunch.

The house we rented was SO GREAT!!!! It was called the “OctoMojo House” and it was a block from the beach with amazing views of the giant winter waves. There was a nice deck (which would be great in the summer time) and a hot tub and you could hear the ocean. The house had two bedrooms on the main floor and then a loft bedroom upstairs with even better views.

We unpacked and our friends, Sam and John, hadn’t arrived yet so we decided to take advantage of the nice weather and go for a walk on the beach!

You think Logan and Bella were having fun in the sand?!?! It was kinda gray and cold but it was dry so that’s all that mattered! We walked and ran and got super dirty. Then started to walk back to the house.

Our friends arrived and we made dinner. Pork tenderloin they had been marinating all day in lemon, ginger, soy sauce and garlic. It was delicious! We had salad and couscous, too. And fancy Trader Joe’s cheese with crackers while we cooked.

And opened a bottle of wine I’ve been saving for almost a year:

After Logan went to bed, the four of us got to chill out in the hot tub and listen to the ocean and just catch up on life. It was nice! And relaxing. I loved being able to hear the waves. And smelling the ocean air.

Sunday was a lazy day. It was stormy and rainy and the waves were even bigger. Breakfast was delicious omelettes made by Michael and Samantha. I actually got to enjoy my coffee while it was HOT. πŸ˜€

Then Logan and I went for a little walk outside in the drizzle.

Sam and I drove up to Lincoln City to Mo’s to pick up takeout lunch. It was nice to get away for a bit and have some time just the two of us. We got an order of Mo’s famous clam chowder and an order of clam strip appetizers.

I’ve wanted to try Mo’s for years but the lines are SO LONG we never go. I’m glad we finally got to try it! It was delicious! Creamy and tasty and hot on a dreary day. After lunch Logan took a nap, I took a short nap and then chilled with some hot tea and a good book. πŸ™‚ Eventually there was a little break in the rain and Logan was still sleeping so Bella and I went for a walk on the beach just the two of us. It was nice!

Sunday night dinner was made by Samantha, with me helping prep the veggies. I brought chicken thighs and she brought the stuff to make an AMAZING curry dish! All fresh ingredients. She even showed me how to use fresh ginger (which has always intimidated me so I never bought it, now I want to try it!).

We opened some wine, turned on some great music and hung out in the kitchen while the boys did their thing in the living room. Then dinner was served. Curry chicken and veggies on top of mashed potatoes! SO good! Topped with fresh cilantro and green onion.

After dinner, Logan ran laps through the house πŸ˜‰ and then went to bed and we played a few rounds of my new Family Feud board game (super fun!), more hot tubbing and then to bed for the great night of sleep I’ve had in awhile. Breakfast the next morning:

Scrambled eggs with green onions and diced jalapenos, bacon, topped with cheese, a side of toast and fruit salad. Monday the weather was just perfect. There was blue sky and rainbows.

I love the beach. Year round, doesn’t matter the weather. Stormy, sunny, whatever. The beach is in my blood. Someday, I will live at the beach. πŸ™‚