Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Party Chicken

Party Chicken is the ultimate "comfort food!"  It's also a great main dish for busy moms, as you can assemble it early in the day and let it rip while you take care of other responsibilities.  In addition, if you volunteer to take a meal to a new mom or to a family in need, this is the perfect one!  Just increase the ingredients by half, and you will have more than enough to share.  
Party Chicken
5 or 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
 1 pkg bacon
1 jar Armour dried beef...found near the Spam! 
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
16 oz Sour Cream
white rice (brown rice shown in photo) prepared according to directions

Spray 9x13 pan with Pam and arrange dried beef all over bottom of dish.  With heavy-duty kitchen shears, cut chicken breasts in half lengthwise. Wrap each piece of chicken with a strip of uncooked bacon. 
In separate bowl, mix together soups and sour cream. Arrange wrapped chicken on top of dried beef, then pour soup/sour cream mixture over all.
Cover with foil and bake at 275 degrees for 3 1/2 hours. I usually remove foil the last 20 min or so.  
Serve atop white or brown rice.

For a complete comfort food meal, add a side of green beans** and Sister Shubert rolls.

**To make yummy green beans, sizzle a slice of bacon (or two) in pot for a few minutes...don't cook all the way, just enough to get the flavor going...then add canned or fresh green beans (water if you are using fresh), a pinch of sugar, and a few sprinkles of garlic powder, and salt to taste. Cook low heat covered for an hour or more for best taste.

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