Chicken a la King with Fettuccine

A Can of Swanson's Chicken a la King

A Can of Swanson’s Chicken a la King

Don’t Cook Tonight!

Boy, it was a bad day here. I didn’t get to sleep until late last night. Spane made me crazy this morning while I was trying to video something that I haven’t put up yet, and he had got grounded for the day – no TV, no bike, etc.

To make matters worse, I had to fix my printer/fax machine. With Spane’s Dandy Walker Syndrome it’s really important that I can send and receive faxes, and today was the day that I decided to fix the silly thing. I am a computer whiz, or at least my friends say that, and it still took me TWO HOURS to get the darned thing fixed.

Finally, I got it fixed, and Spane and I were hungry. There wasn’t anything in the freezer that was quick or looked appetizing. I was about to give up when I looked up in the cupboard and saw a can of Swanson’s Chicken a la King.

Heaven Forbid!

Yes, I know I’m all about having things organic and freshly made. I reconstruct packaged foods all the time. But, Swanson’s Chicken ala King is something that I grew up with, as long as I can remember, my mother bought it at the PX when we lived in Germany, 50 years ago. I loved it then, and I love it now. So there!

Homemade Chicken a la King

Homemade Chicken a la King

If you don’t want to use the canned variety, and you have some time, then may I suggest making it from scratch? It’s a great way to use up leftover cooked chicken, and especially good if you have leftover grilled chicken. Here’s my recipe for Chicken a la King – Weber Style. Either way, enjoy this classic chicken dish.

Make it More Appetizing

Okay, so yes, you can make it more appetizing. That’s what I did tonight, and Spane and I loved it.

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Recipe: Chicken ala King with Pasta


  • 1 can Swanson’s Chicken a la King
  • Fettuccine enough for 2 people
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup Frozen Peas


  1. Put water into a large pot, salt it, and bring it to a boil.
  2. Put the pasta in and boil until it is al dente, about 6 minutes. Add the frozen peas and boil a minute longer. Remove from the heat, but keep the flame on.
  3. Drain the pasta and return it to the pan. Add the chicken ala king and cheese.
  4. Put the mixture on the heat and stir until it is thoroughly heated through, about 2 minutes.


My mother used to serve the Chicken ala King in Puff Pastry Shells. Omit the pasta in that case. You can also sauté some mushrooms with shallots and sherry and add those.

Preparation time:

Cooking time: 10 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 2

Culinary tradition: USA (Traditional)

My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)

Copyright © The Good Plate – Adrienne Boswell.
Recipe by Adrienne Boswell.

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