We are closing out winter with a delicious comfort food recipe by Brittany Murray-French of the Eastern Shore. She decided to share a family recipe that is sure to hit the spot during our final stretch of the cold season.
“Chicken Can Can is a family recipe,” shared Brittany. “My grandpa, who passed away, used to make it for us, and every time I make it, it brings me back to being in his kitchen.”
This recipe is easily made with ingredients most of us store in our pantry, which makes it budget-friendly. It is also a casserole everyone in the family will want to see on the weeknight meal plan over and over again.
“This dish is much requested in our home,” Brittany said. “And my friends who are now married ask my mom for the recipe all the time!”
Brittany and her husband Kelton have been married for ten years and together have three children – Millie, nine; Willow Mae, five; and their most recent addition Arrow who recently turned one.
“A fun fact about our family is we do a little bit of everything,” said Brittany. When she isn’t homeschooling and spending time with her kids, you can find her running her health and wellness business or knee-deep in her social marketing business.
But wait! That’s not all. Brittany started her Disney travel planning business this year, French Made Vacations. In addition, she and her husband have a photography business where they shoot several weddings throughout the year.
“My husband helps me with my businesses while also being a local roofing manager at Greater Roofing,” said Brittany. “We are also the youth pastors at our church, The Road, located in Spanish Fort.”
Beyond busy would be the most accurate description for this family of five, but they love every minute of it. They often take adventures together, enjoy going to the beach, and make sure they squeeze in a few trips to Disney each year.
“We love Disney,” Brittany exclaimed. “We’ve never gone without the kids. We take them on their first trip starting at six months old.”
With the family being on the go so much, the French often eat out just as much as they eat in, but being together is what is most important. That is what this casserole represents for Brittany – family and memories.
“We are very close to my side of the family and my husband’s side, and we spend a lot of time together, laughing together,” she said. “These are my favorite memories and bring me the most joy.”
Grandpa’s Chicken Can Can Casserole
• 1 baked Chicken, shredded
• 1 can Cream of Chicken soup
• 1 can Cream of Celery soup
• 1 soup can of water
• 1/2 soup can of Minute rice, uncooked
• Fried onions for topping
Simmer all ingredients, except the fried onion rings, in a large pot on the stove for twenty minutes. Transfer the mix to a greased casserole dish and top with the fried onions. Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown and serve warm with baked bread.