Nostalgia for Dinner- Chicken Deluxe
Bacon, Chicken, and Beef Easy to Make Delectable Dish
I have many fond food-related memories from my childhood in the 1980s. In the mornings my mother would frequently set a slow cooker or prepare a one-dish casserole, often including chicken and a can of mushroom soup. My mother worked long hours as a cosmetologist, my father worked tirelessly starting his own company and I was involved in many after-school activities, yet we still managed to gather around the table for family dinner each night. If I close my eyes and imagine walking in the door from Girl Scouts as a young girl, I can smell the savory single-pot concoctions. Looking back, there were some ‘80s food recipes that were popular at most family dinner tables, and many are still popular now.
My mother served the nostalgic staples of that time, including the tuna and noodle casserole and the chicken and rice bake — even the hamburger and macaroni stroganoff made the occasional appearance. All of these had a common denominator, and that was a can of condensed soup. The condensed soup recipes were all the rage back then, and many cookbooks were published on this topic. The recipe I present to you today was one that stuck with me in my youth and I continue to create to this day.
My mother created this one for their dinner club that consisted of about 10 other couples. They would trade off hosting, and each evening would include a theme that dictated the menu. One evening they met to share and feast on dishes that were themed to include canned condensed soup. I am sure there are many variations out there of this very recipe, but my mother created this dish with chicken, bacon and chipped beef swimming in a savory bath of creamy deliciousness.
Feel free to mix it up to include or exclude your favorite ingredients too. Using prosciutto instead of chipped beef and adding tomatoes would create an Italian flair. Adding green chilies and substituting thinly sliced chorizo for the chipped beef would create a Mexican flavor. I have tweaked my mother’s recipe to include an extra few steps and ingredients, but I am sure it will bring back memories of a simpler time. I have served this very dish for breakfast over biscuits and I have served it along with rice or mashed potatoes. With a moo, an oink and a cluck, it’s really hard to go wrong.