I’ve been blessed to do some pretty cool things in my career and spending the afternoon with some of Nashville’s first responders was a pleasure and an honor. The men and women of Station 29 are on top of their game. They spend a third of their life at the station, 24 hours at a time and they’re called out for car crashes, medical emergencies and of course, fires. When they’re on duty, they eat, sleep, live and breathe at the fire hall–it’s home away from home. So cooking a meal for a hungry crew that satisfies a variety of palates is a kitchen skill firemen have down pat. The OPN crew and I were so glad to meet them! Engineer Tracy Townsend showed me around the firehall and he and the guys made us feel right at home AND kept us in stitches. Captain David Tomlinson shared a dish that always gets them around the table, his mom’s Chicken Casserole. They didn’t have to ask us twice to stay for dinner. This was so much fun and so informative that it is Part 1 of a two part series. Part 2–dessert and I get suited up to fight a fire–is coming down the one pan pike soon.
I’ve always appreciated what our first responders do, but seeing first hand how quickly they react, how dedicated they are and how alert and aware they are at all times, lets me know we are all in good hands. I thank them for watching out for this community, for letting me break bread with them and for sharing some laughs and some wonderful food!
- 6 good-sized boneless skinless chicken breasts (or about 3 1/4 pounds total)
- 1 (10 3/4 ounce) can cream of chicken soup
- 1 (10 3/4 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
- 1 (8 ounce) container sour cream
- 3 teaspoons One Pan Nan's One Pan One Spice seasoning
- 2 sleeves Ritz Crackers
- 1 stick butter, melted
- In a large stockpot, boil chicken breast until no longer pink in the middle and tender. Drain.
- Place chicken breasts in a large bowl and cool for a few minutes. Shred chicken thoroughly with hands or with 2 forks.
- Pour in soups, sour cream, and seasoning and mix well.
- Crush crackers while still in sleeves and sprinkle one sleeve on the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Spread chicken mixture evenly on top of crackers in pan and sprinkle remaining sleeve of crackers on top.
- Pour melted butter evenly all over casserole and bake in 350 degrees oven until bubbly hot–about 30-45 minutes.
- Serve immediately.
- This is delicious! One Pan One Spice is my new seasoning blend coming soon to the website store. Add a little more or a little less according to your tastes 🙂 Wait 'til you see what the firefighters fixed for dessert!!