Monday, August 29, 2011
My mother and I agree that one day a week should be designated as legal for all things ‘comfort-food’. For me, the one meal that deserves that privilege is Sunday dinner. The rest of the week I’ll try to be a responsible eater, but I have to fall off the wagon occasionally to enjoy the journey. This recipe certainly fits into the comfort food category - hands down.
After seeing lots of variations of this recipe being exchanged over past years - I decided it was time to give it a chance. At first, I could only see it’s vices - butter, sour cream, buttery crackers... not to mention little black seeds (that my grandkids would detest - that’s how I judge a recipe lately)
Once I had my first bite - I silently scolded myself for not caving sooner. It’s not a recipe that will go down in history - but it was amazingly good. I trimmed it in half (for my mother and I) - and had adequate portions left for one more meal.
I used frozen chicken breast portions from Costco, sprinkled them generously with chicken bouillon granules, then braised them until barely done. Yes - it does call for the evil “cream soup” that is currently scorned by most foodies. But I won’t be shy about saying that I LOVE creamed soups for cooking - especially when I’m in a hurry.
The buttery cracker/poppy seed topping is what makes this so delicious. The poppy seeds added just the tiniest delicate crunch - taking on a whole different flavor than they commonly do in dressings and other foods.
Save this for a day when you don’t want to spend forever coming up with a meal that will make everyone want to linger, close their eyes, and exhale.
For the recipe with step-by-step photos, go to: