Thursday, March 16, 2006

Mexican Chicken Casserole for Jen

Jen over at TrimandFashionable, requested my mom's Mexican Chicken Casserole recipe. I'm happy to oblige. It's easy to make and smells good while its baking (I like that in a food).

Oddly, Jennie's comment was posted in my e-mail box as being from Jennie Kendrick, the name of a mutual friend of ours. Not sure how that happened, but it did make me think of our friend the other Jen, whom I miss. So here is one of my favorite Jen Kendrick memories: Jen is allergic to cats. In the summer of 1989 some of the Batesville crew drove down to Dallas to visit Six Flags. Lori and I had recently visited a little carnival in Batesville. We had such a good time (we love rides) that we immediately decided we were old enough to travel unsupervised to Texas to ride some big ones (in the past we only got to do that when we were on church mission trips).

Adam and Lori's brother Chuck went with us. We picked up Jen along the way in Texarkana and met our friend Daphne in Dallas. We stayed with the McClain's cousin Susan. When we finally arrived at Susan's late that night Adam was battling his gastrointestinal demons, and in fact, a few noisily made their way into our world with the most bizarre high pitched wails. Jen was taking out her contacts in the other room and became noticeably irritated, "I thought y’all said Susan didn't have any cats?" No one had a clue what she was talking about. Adam let loose a few more demons, which prompted even more rants from Jen who stormed in from the other room, "I keep hearing cats. Y’all know I'm allergic to cats. Why didn't you just tell me they had them before we got here?" Finally we figured out that Adam was the source of the cat voices. Thanks to Jen, "Catman" has been one of Adam's nicknames ever since (He also goes by Cramps, but that's another story).

Here’s the recipe:

Mom’s Mexican Chicken Casserole

1 (3 lb.) chicken, cooked and cut bite size
1 (7 oz.) pkg. Doritos
1/2 c. chopped onion
1/2 c. chopped green pepper
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 c. milk
2 cans Rotel tomatoes
1/2 lb. grated Cheddar cheese

Grease oblong pan. Put crushed Doritos chips in the bottom. Put chicken oven Doritos. Mix remaining ingredients, except cheese, pour over the chicken. Sprinkle cheese over top and bake 40 minutes at 350 to 400 degrees.


Anonymous jennie said...

I sent a link to Lori because I know she'll love your story. (Hey, that rhymed!)

She doesn't have much time at work for reading blogs, but I hated for her to miss out on this one. I told her I've been wanting to try the Mexican chicken casserole and she agreed, so I know she'll be excited to see that, too!


2:09 PM  
Anonymous jennie said...

Here's Lori's email response - I don't think she'd mind me posting it here:

"I don’t know how Troy remembers all those stories, but I sure am glad he does. That’s great. I guess he forgot to mention we picked Jen up from her dentist’s office, after having her wisdom teeth removed, gave her a pillow and blanket and had her lie down for the trip to Dallas. That was pretty much all the recovery time allowed, because we planned to have fun once we got there. Great friends we were!"

2:25 PM  
Blogger Troy said...

I'd forgotten we picked Jen up at her dentist's office. Wow! How did we ever find it before Mapquest?

Jen's commitment to the trip was either a testament to her friendship to Lori and Daphne or her faith that the fun we were bound to have would far outweigh any tooth pain! I don't remember hearing Jen complain at all. And it was a trip not to be missed.

2:34 PM  
Blogger c3 said...

Thanks for providing a trip down memory lane! I had forgotten many of those details. Heck, I had forgotten MOST of those details. Funny stuff tho'. I think I'll try the Mexican Chicken too, sounds great!


8:00 PM  
Blogger c3 said...

By the way, each of the comments contains an exclaimation point!

8:01 PM  
Blogger c3 said...

some have more than one...



8:02 PM  
Blogger Troy said...


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