This easy crockpot chicken ala king is very tasty! And super easy too. Slow cooker, stovetop, and freezer meal directions are provided. So you can make it on the fly OR use it to add to your freezer meal preps!
But there aren't just slow cooker and freezer meal directions. There's a stovetop option too. Plus options for homemade and low carb meals as well.
Chicken ala King Step by Step
Time needed: 5 minutes.
Easy Crockpot Chicken ala King
- Gather ingredients
You'll need boneless, skinless chicken breasts, celery, onions, and bell pepper, cream of celery soup, and cornstarch.
- Prep work
Butter the slow cooker. Dice your meat and vegetables. Place ingredients in crockpot. Pour in the soup. Cover and cook for 5 hours.
- Before Serving
30 minutes before serving turn the crockpot to high. Mix cornstarch and cold water. Stir into chicken mixture. Salt and pepper to taste.
- Serving Suggestions
Serve with rice, mashed potatoes, pasta, or cauliflower rice for a low-carb option. Peas, green beans, or cooked carrots make an excellent side dish.
With this recipe, you've got options. Really, you have multiple options. So, whatever fits your time schedule and lifestyle, we hope you enjoy it.
Easy Version - Slow Cooker Chicken ala King
- Chicken breasts (or chicken thighs, your choice)
- Onions (we like sweet onions best but again, your choice)
- Bell Pepper (any color works and these are optional)
- Cream of Celery Soup
- Then you'll need a corn starch slurry at the end. And of course, you'll probably want to add a bit of salt and pepper to taste.
We have a couple more options for you too. If you're on either a low carb or clean eating diet, you might be interested in these options...
From Scratch Options for Chicken ala King
Canned condensed soup isn't your only option. You may want to try making your own homemade cream of celery soup. It only takes a few minutes and it freezes well.
If you opt for homemade you may have to increase the amount of cornstarch slurry if you want a thicker sauce. And if you don't mind the sauce being a bit thinner, then proceed with the recipe as written.
PS...Don't forget, the homemade version tastes wonderful AND freezes well too!
Low Carb Chicken ala King Options
For low carb eaters, there are only a couple of small modifications.
Swap Milk for Cream
This is an easy step and by using cream, you'll decrease the amount of thickener you need to add too. If you are watching your fat intake as well, then substitute 1/2 heavy cream and 1/2 water.
Substitute the Cornstarch
Cornstarch is a wonderful thickening agent. Some types of low carb diets say it's okay. For others, it's a total no-no.
If you're on a more restrictive low-carb diet you'll need to substitute the corn starch for another thickening agent.
Your Lighter Side has an excellent low carb thickener chart. It compares multiple low carb thickening agents, how to use them, and the alternate quantities you'll need.
Printable Recipe Options (Slow Cooker, Stovetop, Freezer)
Easy Crockpot Chicken ala King
- 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 cup celery diced
- 1 med sweet onion diced
- 1 bell pepper diced
- 1 can can cream of celery soup (14.5 oz)
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch + 1/4 cup cold water optional
- Himalayan salt and black pepper to taste
- Lightly grease, butter or spray the slow cooker insert.
- Dice the chicken (if desireand place in the bottom of the crockpot.
- Add the celery, onion, and peppers.
- Pour the cream of celery soup over the top. Don't add water.
- Cover and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours.
30 Minutes Before Serving:
- Turn the slow cooker to high.
- Make the cornstarch slurry by combining the cold water and the cornstarch until well blended.
- Mix the chicken mixture well and pour the cornstarch slurry in. Stir and cover.
- Cook until thickened (about 20 minutes). Add salt and pepper as desired. Serve over rice.
Freezer Meal Directions:
- Dump the diced-up vegetables into a large freezer bag.
- Dump in the soup and zip closed.
- Knead and shake to coat the vegetables in the soup.
- Open the bag and add the chicken breasts.
- Lay flat, label and freeze for up to 6 weeks.
- Add the cornstarch slurry as directed above.
Stove Top Directions:
- Sauté the chicken, onions, celery and bell pepper in a couple of tablespoons of butter over medium heat until the chicken is done through and the onions are translucent.
- Add the cream of celery soup and salt and pepper as desired.
- Turn heat to low. Cover and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes (Now is a good time to start your pasta or rice).
- 5 to 10 minutes before serving mix the cornstarch slurry as directed above and stir into the chicken mixture.
Instant Pot Directions:
- Place the celery, onion, and bell pepper in the bottom of the instant pot. Lay the chicken breast on top and pour 1 cup of water around the chicken.
- Close lid and valve. Manual setting, high 10 minutes. Natural release 8 minutes, then quick release. Drain, dice chicken, and return all to the instant pot.
- Turn to saute and add the cream of celery soup. Cover and allow to heat through.
- Add salt and pepper to taste. Add corn starch slurry per directions if desired to thicken the sauce.
- Stove Top Notes -
You'll need a couple of tablespoons of oil or butter for the stovetop version. You CAN add butter to the crockpot version too. It adds a lot of flavors, but it is not necessary.
- Freezer Meal Notes -
If you might be using the freezer meal as a stovetop meal just don't add the soup to the freezer bag. AND use frozen vegetables instead of fresh.
Make a note on your freezer bag that you'll need a can of cream of celery soup along with cornstarch and rice when you make this meal.
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