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Canned Chicken ala' King? [moved from the South board]

After watching Top Chef the other night, I was reminded of a favorite childhood dish. We used to heat up canned chicken ala' king over toast. It was made by Swanson and came in a can that looked very similar to their chicken broth. I've looked for it around VA Beach but can't seem to find it. Does Swanson still make it? I know some people would turn up their nose at this but I really did enjoy it. Does anyone know what I'm talking about?

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  1. Oh wow, I haven't thought about that in years. My mom would either put it on toast or buy those crunchy little noodles and put it over those. She would do the Swanson chicken chow mein the same way. I'll have to look next time I'm at the grocery store.

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    1. re: Suzy Q

      My mom worked in a department store, so would often not get home until 9pm, so dad would cook after work. Swanson Chicken a la King was in his repertoire, either over toast or rice. I loved it.

      1. re: MsDiPesto

        Does anyone know if Swanson still makes it? Where can I find it?

        1. re: nathanac

          http://www.netgrocer.com carries it. I did a search for Swanson and it is about eight items down.

          UPC # is 051000024022

          Cost at netgrocer is $2.05 for the 10.5 oz can.

          Safeway on-line does not show it available in the SF Bay Area.

          Now I think I want try it too.

          1. re: svsuv

            Try looking in the freezer section. We used to get it frozen, in those boil-in-bag thingees.

            1. re: breadbox

              That's how I remember it too, but can't remember if it was Swansons, these seem to have totally disappeared (boil in bag entrees) Though I love the old Joy of Cooking recipe that uses a traditional white sauce with a touch of sherry and egg yolk.

              1. re: archangelcat

                Stoffer's had it in the frozen section, and I used to love it, but it's no longer available in the SF Bay Area. Darn!

        2. re: MsDiPesto

          And exactly 1 year later .... <g> I've been trying to find Swanson Chicken ala King in the grocery store for years! I also loved it over toast or rice. I was beginning to believe that Swanson just discontinued it. I never thought of the possibility of buying it by the case online (buythecase.net has it for $23.88 for 12 cans). This is great! Talk about "comfort food" I've missed!!! I worked in my dad's upholstery shop while I was going to college. We would go home for lunch and heat up a can of chicken ala king sometimes - diluting it with milk so we could each get two pieces of toast. That was over 25 years ago. Lately, I've been craving it. So perhaps it's time to order a case ;)

      2. Ralphs in Long Beach, Ca has it.

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        1. re: Oh Robin

          I just went looking today and found a frozen one made by Stouffers...although they have rice in it and I don't remember the dish ever having rice.

        2. Just saw this at the Stop n Shop in Glendale, Queens, NY. $1.89.

          1. I went to www.swansonbroth.com/ and hit contact, told them I wanted to find a place to buy Swanson Chicken A La' King and gave them my address and email and they replied the same day and told me all the stores that sold Swanson Chicken A La' King in my area. I hope this helps.

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            1. re: sarnold49

              Thank you so much - I have been thinking about the canned Chicken Ala King for the past couple of weeks - in fact I tried a brand sold with rice and it just wasn't the same. It didn't have the pimentos in it that I remembered. I went to Swanson's site as you suggested and hopefully I will hear from them soon. Again thatnks for bringing back some great memories :)

            2. YES! My mom used to get this stuff in a pouch back in the 80's. Pour it over some nice white toast...mmmmmm...the yummy tast of partially hydrogenated oils (trans fat)...yet they had to retro this bad mamma jamma..check this out:
              http://campbells.netgrocer.com/shop.a...
              and yes sir'E...I did whip some of some of this wonderful canned flashback for my own daughter...and she loved it....yet this time it has no part. hydro. oil, and I slathered it over multi grain bread....HOPE YOU ENJOY AS MUCH AS WE DO!

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              1. re: trixsan

                I went to the website you linked and wanted to make a note that it is no longer listed there. A little over a year later and it's gone. It's so sad seeing this wonderful food slowly disappear.