Saturday, December 18, 2010

My Present: A Noonan Family Favorite

So I was thinking about something I could give everyone, because I don't have much and my Christmas shopping consisted of buying gift cards for a couple people at Smith's and then, it hit me: Why not the recipe that's responsible for a lot of warm moments in the Noonan home? (at least like 1/2 of our birthday dinners (per request) and 1/2-1/4 of the meals we served missionaries.)

So there are some variations. But the principle is the same:

The base:

Chicken. and 1 serving of broccoli for every serving of chicken.

Oven Temp: 350

Duration: 1.5 hours (or until chicken is done, sometimes it will be longer, sometimes shorter)

The sauce:

EDIT: In case it's not obvious, you're supposed to mix the sour cream and Campbell's cream of chicken soup to make the sauce, then put it on top of the chicken and broccoli and cook it for the time specified above.

Now something to keep in mind when choosing the amount of sauce is you want a large degree of submersion on the chicken with the sauce. The sauce is really thick, and it liquifies a lot when the cooking starts, so it looks like it fills in a lot more after the cooking starts. To be sure you get the right effect, just make sure you start out with a good amount of sauce on top of the chicken, so even if the chicken isn't submerged all the way, you'll still get the coverage of the chicken you want.

Here's where the variations come in:

Mama Noonan's sauce:

Ratio: 4 ounces of source cream for every 6 ounces of Campbell's cream of chicken soup.

Actual: 2 14 ounce containers of sour cream with 4 cans of Campbell's cream of chicken soup.

She would use this on a pretty big casserole Dish that was full of broccoli and chicken.

Rachael's variation:

Ratio: 4 ounces of sour cream to every 7 ounces of cream of Campbell's cream of chicken soup.

Actual: 24 ounce container of sour cream with 4 cans of Campbell's cream of chicken soup.

To give you an idea, this was good enough for 5 pieces of chicken in a 8 by 11 casserole dish WITHOUT brocolli so you would need less if you actually had broccoli

Lynette's Creamy mix:

Ratio: 1 ounce of sour cream for every once of Campbell's cream of chicken soup.

Haven't experimented too much with this one.

This is really great served with rice and garlic bread.

Enjoy everyone! and Merry Christmas!

P.S.: The chicken of choice I would use with this is thighs and drums. You can use others (such as breasts), but that's what I prefer. And I guess my ratios are off a bit, a single can has 10.75 ounces, not 10.5.

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