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Troy's Chicken

I got this recipe from my mother in law. My husband had been asking me to get the recipe for months, so when I proudly brought the dish to the table I was puzzled when he said "what's this?" Apparently he remembered the title of this along with the taste of something else...but it was good anyway!

makes 1 9x9 pan (double recipe for a 9x13 pan)

  • Chicken pieces (4 breasts or thighs, or about 8-10 'tenders'--not small pieces)
  • oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • garlic powder
  • cheese--swiss or mozzarella (I think parmesan would be good too)
  • 1 can cream of mushroom or cream of chicken soup + 1/3 can water
  • about 1/2 cup fine bread crumbs or stuffing mix
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) of melted butter
  • noodles or rice or mashed potatoes (this was not in her recipe, but there was so much sauce that I felt it really needed something to go over...)
Slightly brown the chicken pieces in a little oil. Remove from pan, lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper and garlic powder. Lay in the baking dish and put a slice of cheese over each piece of chicken (you could use grated cheese, especially if you use tenders rather than larger cuts). Mix the can of soup with the water, and pour over the chicken. Add a little extra water if it is not enough sauce to cover everything. Sprinkle bread crumbs over the top of everything. Pour melted butter over everything so that crumbs are moistened.
Bake at 350 until chicken is cooked--about 25-30min for tenders, 40-60 min for breasts.

Serve over noodles or rice or mashed potatoes. ☺

Speedy Burritos

I invented these the other night when I "didn't have any food in the house." I really liked them, and a couple of days later my 9yo son asked when we could have them again, so I think they were a hit. ☺

  • 2-3 c cooked rice (I used 2 1/2 c water & 1 1/4 c plain white rice, but adjust amounts for what type of rice you use)
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 1 can black beans, drained (pinto or refried would work too) Obviously you could use dry beans but they would have to be cooked which takes several hours. Lentils would work also and they cook much faster than dry beans.
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, drained (or stewed tomatoes, or 2-3 fresh chopped tomatoes, or even 1 can tomato sauce)
  • about 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • cumin
  • chili powder
  • garlic powder
  • 8-10 tortillas (I used whole wheat ones)
  • optional--1-2 pieces chopped chicken or 1 can chicken meat or 1/2-1 lb ground meat (I didn't use meat and don't think it needs it.)

Put the rice in to cook.
In a large pan (I used a cast iron saucepan) saute the onion in a little oil until it softens. Saute meat with onions if you're using it. Add beans, tomatoes, corn, and spices to taste (I use 2-3 Tbs of each). Add rice when it gets done. Mix it all up, then put in tortillas, roll them up, place them in a large baking pan side by side. Sprinkle cheese over the top of everything.
(Alternately, layer tortillas and stuffing in the pan more like a lasagne, then sprinkle cheese over the very top. My large pan was in use so I used a smaller deeper pan, and layered like this.)
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