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Chicken a la Peasant

My Cheaper, Easier Version of Chicken a La King

A favorite in our home, Chicken a la Peasant is a cheaper, easier version of Chicken a la King and requires far fewer ingredients. It's so comforting and delicious served warm on a slice of toast. Your whole family is going to love this easy recipe.

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Ryan and I had a good laugh the other day! We really wanted to share a recipe on the blog that we both have loved for years. My mom has made Chicken a la King since I can remember.

It has always been one of Ryan’s favorite dishes served at my parents’ house. Well, I’ve always had the recipe and have made it often. Chicken a la King is one of those meals that are super easy to make because it only calls for 4 ingredients.

Or so we thought.

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This Ain’t No Fancy-Schmancy Chicken a la King

In preparation for writing the post, I was doing research since I’ve never really had Chicken a la King other than at my mom’s house. Well, it turns out, we’ve been lied to our whole life!

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So, come to find out, the Chicken a la King we’ve both loved for years doesn’t really exist! Every single recipe we found calls for a lot more ingredients. Mushrooms, butter, pimentos, peppers, the list goes on!

Kitchen Prep Tools, Utensils & Appliances

Here is a list of the kitchen prep tools, utensils, and appliances I used to make this recipe.

Appliances & Cookware

I baked this recipe in a large baking dish.

Prep Tools & Utensils

This is a simple recipe and doesn’t require many tools or utensils. These are the items I used to make this recipe:

  • My mini aqua spatula is not only cute but makes scraping out of a can easy and less messy.
  • Not only is my aqua can opener so pretty (it matches all my kitchen decor) but it actually works well. I don’t know about you, but I can’t stand struggling with a can opener that doesn’t work.
  • These are the only oven mitts I use anymore. They fit me perfectly, the silicone keeps my hands cool and they’re easy to clean. I actually featured these awesome oven mitts in a post about My Favorite Aqua Kitchen Decor.
  • I pulled out my cutting board to keep my countertops safe from the heat of the hot baking dish.
  • You can’t have Chicken a la King without serving it in regal fashion! I served mine on my aqua platters.

My Own Version of Chicken a la King

Bottom line is, we both love my mom’s version of Chicken a la King, even though it’s really not Chicken a la King, it’s more of a Chicken a la Peasant based on the ingredients it uses.

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So we decided to name it that! Chicken a la Peasant! Our version of Chicken a la King! It’s sad I know, but trust me it’s delicious!

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I broke the news to my sister last night and she laughed so hard! She suggests maybe my mom lost the second page to the recipe at some point! Who knows! In any case, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how easy and delicious this recipe is.

Making Chicken a la Peasant

Chicken, cream of chicken soup, chicken broth, and peas! That’s it!

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I’m not against using canned chicken, in fact, I use it for a lot of recipes. For this one though I like to use boiled chicken breasts. Now that I have an Instant Pot, it makes the job a whole lot easier. You can check out my recipe for shredded chicken breast in the Instant Pot. If you don’t want to make the chicken yourself, you can certainly use a can or you can buy the pre-cooked shredded chicken in the supermarket.

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After you’ve cooked and shredded the chicken, you just mix it with 2 cans of Cream of Chicken soup, 2 cans of broth from the chicken, and 1 can of peas.

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Chicken a la King Ingredients
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Pop it in the oven and voila!

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Serving Chicken a la Peasant

We’ve always served it on top of toast as my mom did, but in my search, I found it served with biscuits as well. That’s something I may have to try since I love biscuits!

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Well, I hope you’ll try our version of Chicken a la King! When you do, I know you’ll love it. Please let me know what you think in the comments below, and don’t forget to give the recipe a 5-star rating. Happy cooking!

Chicken a la Peasant

A creamy shredded chicken and peas casserole.

4 from 5 votes
DifficultySuper Easy
Cooking Method(s)
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Oven Temp400°
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Total Time
40 minutes
Recipe by: Valerie Cooper
Only 4 ingredients! This cheaper, easier version of Chicken a La King is a favorite in our home. It's so tasty served warm on a slice of toast.
Cuisine: American
Course: Main Course
Category: Casseroles, Poultry


  • 4 chicken breasts cooked and shredded
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 2 cans chicken broth 14.5 oz
  • 1 can peas 15 oz
  • 8 slices bread toasted


  • Preheat oven to 400° F.
  • Add shredded chicken to a 13 x 9 baking dish.
  • Add cream of chicken, chicken stock, and peas to the shredded chicken and mix all ingredients well.
  • Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Serve over toast.

Nutrition Facts

While every effort is made to correctly calculate these nutritional facts, they should be used as general guidance as they may not be 100% accurate.

Calories: 308kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 1088mg | Potassium: 661mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 470IU | Vitamin C: 22.3mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 2.9mg
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  • Barbara Foster says:

    Hi, Valerie! Came across your version of the classic recipe while searching “Chicken a la King” — yours is definitely simpler!

    HOWEVER, I need some clarification from the chef (yes, you!): In the text with photos, you say to add 2 cans of soup, 1 can of broth and 1 can of peas.
    In the recipe’s ingredients, you list 2 cans of soup and 2 cans of broth.

    Please advise! Thank you.

    • Hi Barbara! So I had to go way back to some old pictures to make sure I answer you correctly! I believe I made a mistake on the post text and the actual recipe card at the bottom is correct. It’s been a while since I made the recipe, but I know I doubled my mom’s usual recipe so I hope I got this right. You need two cans of cream of chicken soup and two cans of broth/liquid from the chicken you cooked. You only need one can of peas. I will be making this recipe this week as well since you’ve made me crave it by looking back at the post! Haha! Let me know how it goes for you! Thanks for stopping by the blog!

  • Wladimir Kestenbaum says:

    Hi VK,
    It tastes great even with the name change! Congrats!

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