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Anyone remember these? They were my favorite meal as a kid. They were sold 4 or sometimes 5 for in the frozen section. It is a little cardboard box that opened up like an envelope. Inside was a plastic bag with diffent meals that you would put in boiling water and then cut it open and we used to put it over toast. They had salsbury steak, a pot pie filling type one, creamed chip beef and others. We used to make these all the time for lunch. This was before microwaves were around.
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Dave - June 06, 2008 - Report this comment
Oh my god - I had these for lunch at least one day a week on top of a piece of Wonder Bread. I remember a Turkey (or Chicken, well it was mystery poultry anyways) and Gravy one that was my fav.
Cheryl - June 22, 2008 - Report this comment
These frozen meals were called Banquet Cookin' Bags. I LOVED the Chicken A La King and Sliced Turkey With Gravy. I did not care for the Creamed Chipped Beef variety. It's too bad that Banquet discontinued this item. It was a great lunch to have on a budget.
Tasha - September 29, 2008 - Report this comment
The chicken a la king was the best.
DebraS - October 02, 2008 - Report this comment
I ate my fair share of Turkey in Gravy bagged boiled dinners. Just think: you boil your baggie of mystery protein, add some frozen vegetables to the pot and serve over bread for a quick meal!
Tammy - October 21, 2008 - Report this comment
Oh I loved those...I sooo wish they would bring them back...a great quick meal over white bread
Special - March 10, 2009 - Report this comment
Do any stores still sell boil a bags? I would like to buy some.
Claudia - March 19, 2009 - Report this comment
I lived off these things for a while. Outright refusing to eat anything else! Loved all of them...especially the Chiken a`la King!
karen - March 25, 2009 - Report this comment
My Mom and I just had a discussion about them and she doesnt remember them.. I feel like that is all I had for dinner.... Forgot all about the chicken a la king.. it had funny red stuff in it.. I was a fan of the mystery poultry/w gravy. And yummmy with the icky white bread.. I think I would gag eating one now...
Billy Bones - March 25, 2009 - Report this comment
I really liked the Banquet cookin' bags. The turkey as well as the beef tasted great on toast. Nothing frozen today tastes as good. When did they stop selling them?
jolynn - June 16, 2009 - Report this comment
My mom would buy me the Sloppy Joe Cookin' Bags and I would eat them after I got home from roller skating every Friday night. I imagine they went out of style once microwaves came into being--who wants to wait for water to boil when you can nuke something in 30 seconds? It really takes me back...
Charlie - August 02, 2009 - Report this comment
They had chicken parmagiana too!
jackie - September 02, 2009 - Report this comment
where can they be found?!!!!!!!!!!!!I miss them so much winn dixie use to sell them, but they closed the store/ if you find them email me at
Peggy - September 04, 2009 - Report this comment
They no longer make them. I just looked up SOS or creamed chipped beef on the net to see how to make it like the boil in the bags.
Robert - October 12, 2009 - Report this comment
Did anyone find them yet there must be some out there i need some help were are they someone must make them boil bags beef chicken turkey
Sherri - November 24, 2009 - Report this comment
I loved the Chipped Beef, Chicken ala King I made a lot of Boiling bags when I was a kid... With out a Microwave that was the easiest meal for a pre teen/ teen to make themselve, that wasn't a Sandwich.
Collette - January 04, 2010 - Report this comment
I am pregnant and craving a Chicken ala King boiling bag! Somebody hook me up - please where can I find one!
Matt S. - February 01, 2010 - Report this comment
I used to really enjoy the Creamettes boil in the bag Macaroni and Cheese(late 1960's) and on Friday nights I used to make Celeste' bib ravioli just before Creature Features came on(WGN-Chicago-1960's). Wish they were still produced. Anyone know who makes similar items?
Matt S. - February 01, 2010 - Report this comment
El Robbo - April 18, 2010 - Report this comment
As others have posted on here, there was a time when I practically lived off of Boil-A-Bags as well. I seem to remember the Chicken a la King & the Chipped Beef ones being especially good.
Erica B. - October 28, 2010 - Report this comment
I remember my mom used to make the Chicken Ala King one whenever my dad didn't have to work on Saturday. They were sooo yummy! I wish they still had them!
j clark - March 20, 2011 - Report this comment
what about the barbeque in the boilling bag?
Mike - April 21, 2011 - Report this comment
i can't beleive they quit making boil a bag,talk about a cheap but a very good meal,why did they quit making them, it's obvious alot of people loved them too,come on bring them back!!!
Nicole - September 12, 2011 - Report this comment
My grandmother made Creamettes Boil in Bag Macaroni & Cheese every weekend for me while we watched the Muppets and Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom. They were the best meals. I wish they still made them!
kathy - January 23, 2012 - Report this comment
please bring them back there perfect for a single person on the go no mess good meal over some bread aww they were all incredibly good we need them back mmmm yea
james cummins - March 08, 2012 - Report this comment
where can we buy your these bags it.why don;t kroger sell them an can we get them .
Dudley - April 09, 2012 - Report this comment
The beef ones were great.
Chris - April 29, 2012 - Report this comment
I seen a coupon a customer had the other day and he said that he saw a boil in a bag entree at Kroger's. Since then I have been searching all over for these. I loved the ala king, salisbury steak, and the sliced turkey with gravy..Love to make an open face turkey sandwich with mashed potatoes, slice of bread and sliced turkey with gravy!! yummmm
Amy - May 23, 2012 - Report this comment
Ah the memories of turkey, gravy and wonderbread. I was addicted to that and the chicken a la king. The best meal for a kid growing up in the 70s when no one was there to feed you!!!
Rob Lambert - May 23, 2012 - Report this comment
There was a wide range of "boil-in-bag" entrees and sides by different companies. My favorite was Green Giant's Macaroni & Cheese, which was sold from 1977 to 1990. The cheese sauce was DEELISH!!
Morobi - May 24, 2012 - Report this comment
I loved these. Salisbury steak, turkey, chipped beef. Used to eat them on rice. During a particularly tough financial period in the late 70s, I survived on these. Miss them. Great gravies.
Bob Judd - May 30, 2012 - Report this comment
I grew up with these I loved all of them .The creamed chipped beef was a favorite. PLease bring them back.
Joni Reid - June 02, 2012 - Report this comment
Telling my daughter all about them .. NEED TO resurrect them.. LOVE these as a kid. Crave them as an adult!
Tom - June 13, 2012 - Report this comment
Before microwave ovens had achieved the ubiquity they enjoy today, the Boil-in-Bag ('Boilin' Bag'?) entrees were a high-tech novelty. A TV dinner might take 45 minutes to bake in an oven, so the seven or eight minutes (not counting the time it took to get the water boiling in the first place) required to heat the Boil-in-Bag seemed modern-wonder fast. Seems quaint now to think of that transitional period between old-fashioned cooking and prefab microwave cuisine, when our convenience foods were still prepared using heat. The chicken a la king was far and away my favorite, with those firm peas that popped when you bit them... but in every bag or two there was a messy hunk of chicken with tendon attached - a tough and unpleasant surprise. Other than that, the sauce was like nothing I've tasted recently. Flavorful, without relying too much on salt. Tasted great over toast.
Hauntedheadful - June 13, 2012 - Report this comment
My favorite boil in bag was Birds Eye Hawaiian style vegetables.I also used to make Bavarian style vegetables and pretend I was Conan!( You know,Conan the Bavarian):p
clive - July 05, 2012 - Report this comment
Tesco use to do birdseye chicken in gravy just boil it flew off the shelves no more why do they always discontinue the most popular stuff now the birdeye beef has disappeared really really annoying
Pamela - September 29, 2012 - Report this comment
Contact these people to bring them back and spread the word
mary - November 25, 2012 - Report this comment
well i'm gonna try to make these myself and put them in the freezer. I'm gonna have surgery on my wrist so I won't be making food or washing dishes for a couple of month's. Please wish me luck that my homemade meals are a success. lol By the sounds of it i'm your age but i don't remember any boil-in- bag meals.
Ben - December 12, 2012 - Report this comment
The Schawns pot pie taste a lot like the chicken ala king which led me to this site. I was looking to refresh my memory as to who made them years ago as I too loved them.
Michele - January 01, 2013 - Report this comment
I just happened to find cans of Swanson chicken ala king at Schnucks here in St. Louis, 2 days ago. I can't wait to try it! I miss those boil I. Bags of it from my childhood! Ate it on white bread, yum...
Barb - February 24, 2013 - Report this comment
I remember boil in bags too. I think they were made by Banquet. I like the chicken a la king over rice and the chipped beef on toast. All of them were good. We should all contact Banquet and tell them to bring them back.
Bph - May 31, 2013 - Report this comment
I raised my kids on Banquet chicken ala king boilin bags. I wish they would bring them back. My kids are in their 40s and just recently asked about them. They think their kids would like them too. If I knew who to ask to get them back, I would.
melissa - June 12, 2013 - Report this comment
Bring them back I remKember them as a child we need theese
Kim - July 02, 2013 - Report this comment
I loved the macaroni and cheese. Those were great! The SOS can now be gotten in the Stouffer's brand - still boil in a bag!
DOT - September 18, 2013 - Report this comment
Jim1967 - February 10, 2014 - Report this comment
Stouffer's macaroni & cheese tastes ALMOST EXACTLY like the Green Giant and the fat intake though....
George buckley - February 26, 2014 - Report this comment
I miss them so much as well! I got the chipped beef entree at Krogers yesterday! It was like heaven again, but can not find any others we use to have! Stouffer's makes the chipped was great to taste it again!
Sharry - February 26, 2014 - Report this comment
Yep, those Banquet Boil in Bags were a staple,too; a definitely item on the weekly grocery list. When my dad left and the older brothers and sister moved out, it was just me and my mom. When she was taking classes at CUNY, these were a great headstart to a meal when she was too tired to cook. The turkey w/ gravy and chicken ala king were favorites served w/ bread, or potatoes or rice. YUMMY!
Kathy - July 13, 2014 - Report this comment
These Boil in Bags were a staple in our house when I was growing up. They were super cheap and served over Wonder bread made a great meal. The Chicken Ala King was my favorite. Someone mentioned red things in the meal, which were red peppers. And I agree with Tom about the chewy chicken here and there which was gross, but didn't stop us from eating them. We would throw that away and keep eating. Banquet, bring them back!
Bev - August 06, 2014 - Report this comment
Remember the BBQ one? They were all pretty good except the creamed beef.
Bruce - September 06, 2014 - Report this comment
I was just thinking of those boil a bag and wanted one so bad. When I was in college, that was all I ate. 50 cents a package I believe. Wish they would come back out with them, even for a limited time.
Rhonda - October 24, 2014 - Report this comment
I just emailed banquet. Let's see what they have to say. I have four kids. An 2 out of 4 would probably eat them. I grew up in the 90's. I was born in "87" my favorite was the chipped beef an Salisbury steak.
Troy - December 23, 2014 - Report this comment
I really miss the Chicken ala King. Was totally a favorite growing up. A store by our house has the Swanson in a can and we have it from time to time but its just not the same. Different flavor to the sauce and its a bit thicker. The boil in bag CaK over rice was devine.
Brat - February 16, 2015 - Report this comment
I lived on Banquet Boil-n-Bags. I made $89.00 a week back in the mid 70's. I could make myself a good meal with these. I LOVED the Chicken a la king, so good with toast. I lived on these, pot pies or a hamburger patty, no bread, just chilies and mustard. Boil-n-bags were the best, hands down. I can now afford to make great meals at home, but I will fondly remember those great meals on toast.
mary zeman - March 09, 2015 - Report this comment
I make big batches of chipped beef gravy, sloppy joe gunk, or whatever and seal-a-meal/vacuum pack individual portions. Sauces and gravies come out better in boiling bags than in the microwave; something about the texture. I always plan to wash the bags and re-use them, but I never do.
JOHN - March 22, 2015 - Report this comment
Was my X-WIFE`S idea of fine dining.Needless to say i............
janet boggs - March 23, 2015 - Report this comment
john proseus - April 19, 2015 - Report this comment
Practically lived on the Chicken-ala King pouches in the mid 70's. I think they were $.29 each and I put them on top of rice or flat noodles. Way better than what you get today for a lot more $'s.
Arlene Cammarata - May 13, 2015 - Report this comment
I just emailed them (ConAgra) and they thanked me for my input. He said that they had no plans on making them again. I think if enough people right to their company we could get them back. Everybody that reads this should email them PLEASE?!! 1-877-CONAGRA
Arlene Cammarata - May 13, 2015 - Report this comment
I sent them this list with all of our comments.please contact ConAgra and express that you would like them to bring them back. 1-877-CONAGRA
Layla Harry - June 11, 2015 - Report this comment
Oh yes!!!!! I contacted Banquet a few years back and got the same story, they aren't bringing them back. I loved the Chicken a la King, which I have now perfected on my own. If anybody wants the recipe look me up on FB and send me an IM. I'd be happy to share!!!
Linda Garner - August 02, 2015 - Report this comment
I wish they would bring these back they were just perfect for a lunch my late husband loved these so much i always had them in my freezer yummy stuff !!
Amanda Aldridge - September 05, 2015 - Report this comment
these were the best, loved roast beef, figures make something you like and discontinue them need to complain to the Banquet company!!!
Daisy - September 13, 2015 - Report this comment
OMG,as an always "dieting" teenager in the pre-microwave'70s, I LOVED these! Am I the only one who remembers the "barbecued beef"? Really thin slices of meat in barbecue sauce. Like everyone else, I ate these atop white bread. Also like everyone else, I LOVED the chicken ala king. These days I rely on the Stouffers version, but they're very hard to find. I literally drive 20 miles out the freeway to stock up on the one Walmart that carries them. I also miss the Stouffers Chicken divan. As far as I know, it's gone forever. Sigh.
Dawn - March 31, 2016 - Report this comment
I loved them all please bring them back.
Lola - September 05, 2016 - Report this comment
I LOVED those! Quick, Easy, & Cheap. My daughter just brought them up when we were at lunch. She liked the Beef--I loved the Chicken ala King. Wish we could get them back!
Robert - October 08, 2016 - Report this comment
Oh yes - all you needed was a pot of boiling water and a pair or scissors. My favorites were the veal parmigiana, meat loaf in tomato sauce, Salisbury steak and Chicken a la King.
Dorthy - December 03, 2016 - Report this comment
I loved these as a kid and hoping there was a place to still get them
jim adams - January 14, 2017 - Report this comment
My god i loved these as a kid they really need to bring them back
Theresa - January 31, 2017 - Report this comment
I remember them. My mom would put them over toast. They delicious
Kim - February 17, 2017 - Report this comment
I loved the Green Giant Mac and cheese. Got so I could eat two is one sitting! Great when I got home from work and easy to make. No mess! I asked Green Giant to bring them back and they obviously did not remember them. They kept pushing the broccoli and cheese sauce at me! Stouffers is good, but not as good as the Green Giant was. The cheese sauce was incredible!
Ohio Mike - March 06, 2017 - Report this comment
Lived on these back when Great Scot saled them ten for a buck in the mid sixties when I was a kid. Always a stack in the freezer. Turkey/gravy my fave over rice!
Dan - July 06, 2017 - Report this comment
I also ate these for lunch. I was on split sessions for school and both of my parents worked. I started school at 12:30 pm, so about 11 am I would boil one of these. Salisbury steak was my favorite. I do remember the Chicken Ala King one too.
Art - November 03, 2017 - Report this comment
I remember comming home from school,boiling a bag of beef enchiladas,very easy to make mom didnt have to b around ,wish i could go back in time and buy some for the freezer lol anybody know if there still making them?
Mike D. - November 14, 2017 - Report this comment
Stoffers makes the creamed chipped beef in the frozen single meals section at Kroger.Have to use 2 slices of bread with it!! I grew up on those cooking bags!!!! Miss them too!!
Jeff - December 13, 2017 - Report this comment
My mother was an alcoholic. Before she'd go on a bender we'd go to the grocery and load up on these 'boil in a bag' meals. They were little frozen bags of meats and gravy that we could boil, cut open and pour onto white bread. Those would be our dinners for the several days she'd drink. I thought the BBQ was pretty good and recall the turkey and beef ones as also being pretty good.
April - December 23, 2017 - Report this comment
These were actually freezer queen. I miss the chicken ala king soo bad. The company closed down . They were located in Buffalo N.y. I wish they would come back 😭
Linda - December 28, 2017 - Report this comment
Banquet also made the Boil-n-Bag Chicken ala King. It was delicious!
Rob Lambert - September 06, 2018 - Report this comment
On the Chicago scene. A Green Giant radio commercial for Boil-In-Bags. Sprout (son of Green Giant) and a farmer discuss cheese and broccoli plus macaroni and cheese meals. Commercial ends with usual "HO HO HO!" This aired on WGN with Wally Phillips in March, 1979. Since 1965, only five people worked the morning show at AM720. Phillips, Bob Collins (tragically killed in plane crash, 2001), Spike O'Dell, Jonathon Brandmeier and, currently, Steve Cochran.

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