simple southern goodness : chicken + green bean casseroles

I received a quick note from Tracy the other day, that said:

“I am loving your recipe additions you’ve started sharing. I think it’s fun when bloggers do those. I was wondering what your go-to meal is. Something really easy I can prepare for my family. We live in Sunny Southern California, so I find your version of meals slightly different than mine. It’s intriguing how that happens. What’s a good southern staple you like to serve your family?”

Yep. It’s another foodie post!

Yes, I do realize that if you live anywhere this side of the Mississippi {the Alabama side} you’ve probably had this basest of all recipes, before. A million times. At church potlucks. But there’s just something fun about sharing classic simple faves, isn’t there?

Side note: I forgot to give myself unsolicited all out props mention that when Jamin came home after being in absentia on an 8 day teen binge, that I totally had his favorite meal prepared. And the house was clean. And the children were bathed. What can I say? I kinda kick this housewife gig’s bootay. {The laundry is still in piles, and too bad at that point I wasn’t also hawt mama, because I’d worked myself into sheer exhaustion…but you can’t have it all, now can you? I tried. :)}

I’m a sucka for casseroles. If you’re southern, you can basically throw in a few ingredients, sprinkle it with cheese, serve it with a side of sweet tea and you’re golden. So this is one of those trad recipes-health nuts beware. Chicken + green bean casseroles are two of his fave things..and just so happen to go fabulously together. So I thought I’d share our version, with you.

For the Green Bean Casserole: {this one actually has a kick-once you try this one you’ll never go back…} First things first: preheat the oven to 350.

what you’ll need: 2 cans {french style} cut green beans • + 1/2 C Sour cream + 1 can cream of mushroom soup • 1 can french’s french fried onions • garlic powder • 2 C grated cheddar cheese {I like it sharp}

Stir together the green beans + mushroom soup + sour cream + 2 C cheddar cheese

Next, stir in the garlic powder to taste. {Carefully. I may or may not have added too much when the top came off, as I desperately spooned it into the sink, preserving said precious ingredients.} + half of the can of french fried onions.

Spread into casserole dish, and add the remaining onions on top. Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes {uncovered.}

For the Chicken Casserole: {What you’ll need} six chicken breasts {boiled and diced} • 2 cans cream of chicken soup • 1 small carton of sour cream • 1 pkg of ritz crackers • poppy seeds {to taste} • butter : on top {optional}

after cooking and cutting your chicken, mix them in with sour cream + cream of chicken soup.

Why yes, that is fat in a bowl. And it never tasted better. Spread into a casserole dish, and top with crumbled ritz crackers, poppy seeds, and butta, baby!

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

Remove from the oven, and impress all your friends with your mad southern cookin skillz, when served up fresh with a nice green salad, homemade bread and of course, sweet tea.

What’s that? You don’t have a recipe for home made bread or the perfect glass of sweet tea? That, my dears, are two of the simple staples in life you must not go depriving your children of. Two of my favoritest things in the whole entire world…

What are some of your “staples?” Bon Appetit, and as usual, let me know if you try it!

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7 Responses to simple southern goodness : chicken + green bean casseroles

  1. yes, ma’am those are some yummy casseroles. i grew up on those bad boys and there was always a pitcher of sweet tea in the fridge. in fact, we just had poppy seed chicken for dinner last night. it’s one of our family’s faves. and everyone eats it without giving me the stink eye. love it. also, love that you put sharp cheddar in your green bean casserole…i’m gonna have to add that next time. yum.

  2. Catherine says:

    We do kinda the same thing here in Alberta but with frozen hash browns- Rocky Mountain Hash Browns. Anything with Campbell’s and cheese and sour cream is all good.

  3. Shannon R says:

    BBQ sauce. Mix your favorite sauce with some lemon juice, few dashes of hot sauce (depending on taste) and garlic powder. Have hubby brush on meat (chicken, pork, shrimp) while he grills it. Sit back, enjoy and allow husband to tell you what a wonderful cook you are while you laugh inside because said dish took you 30 seconds to prep and he did all the work.

    If you’re in the mood for something sweet and spicy add honey to mix.

  4. Mila says:

    Um, yummy to the max! I want to try your version of the green bean casserole!

  5. maggie says:

    apple pie with crumble top and pecan pie with pecans from my grandfather’s orchard. This absolutely makes me want to make green bean casserole!

  6. colleen from alabama says:

    My 11 yr old girl learned to make poppy seed chicken last year at camp and it is now her go to recipe. We serve it on top of white rice. I have to say that chicken can make anything good… we really like chicken pot pie (with pie crust on top and bottom – not biscuits on top), fried chicken, crock-pot white wine chicken, creamed chicken on toast, chicken salad… you name it, if chicken is involved, we like it!

  7. Amber says:

    I grew up in Indiana but my family was from the south and sweet tea was a staple in our house. I walked around with tea in a bottle and didn’t realize until I was about 12 that not everyone drank it as sweet as we did!
    Also love poppyseed chicken. Tonight, we are having pork chops, black eye peas, greens, and corn bread..yum!