Monday, June 09, 2008

Mexican Chicken

A couple in our Sunday School class just got back from adopting a soon to be two year old boy, Nik, from Russia. This is Ashley and Nik while they were in Russia. Ashley and Bart already have two beautiful little girls (and when I say beautiful - I mean I fully expect them to be Miss Arkansas 2022 and 2025) and they felt like God was leading them to International adoption. Our class is making them meals this week and next and I got to be first. I almost started sobbing in her kitchen as I watched him smile and run with his arms open to his "momma". You can already see the love all over his face for his new family. It was such a blessing to me just to see them.
I decided to make a good old standby - Mexican Chicken (or King Ranch Chicken). This is always good and kids will normally eat it too.
I'm sure most of you make a version of this but if not - here is the recipe. It's easy and so yummy!

2 or 3 chicken breasts boiled and chopped up in pieces
1 pkg corn tortillas
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can rotel
1 cup cheddar cheese

Grease casserole dish and break up tortillas in bottom. Place cut up chicken on top. Mix soups and rotel and pour over chicken. Cover with grated cheese. Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes or until cheese is golden brown.

I also made them the strawberry oeey gooey cake from Hillary's blog. I've never met an ooey gooey cake I didn't like and this one didn't let me down. I saved some for us to try out. YUM!


The Garners said...

I love adoption stories--they make me cry every time. What a sweet picture of them!

I've actually never made this recipe--thanks for sharing it.

Hillary said...

What a great story! Jesus LOVES the little children...ALL the children of the WORLD! That's awesome!
I wish I had some strawberry ooey gooey butter cake right now! I better stick to my bottle of water instead! :)

Jenna said...

That is just the sweetest story. Makes me teary just thinking about it. LOVE it, I and love those recipes, too! Strawberry ooey gooey cake, where have you been all of my years??

Thanks for sharing this, Kelly! You are the best, my friend!

Kristen said...

This is the sweetest story! Thanks for sharing!
Also, how sweet are you to cook for them...what a blessing as they're getting adjusted!
(i'll definitely be checking out the oeey gooey cake recipe)

Betsy said...

Mmmmm....I LOVE King Ranch Chicken! I make that alot for my family, but I add green peppers and onions to mine.

I popped over to Hillary's blog to look at that strawberry ooey gooey cake and it looked amazing. So did that fried okra salad! I think I've got some new recipes to try!

You are a sweet friend to take dinner over! I hope they all get adjusted quickly. He's so cute!

Leah said...


I read your blog from time-to-time through my sil, Meredith's link. I've never commented, before, but tonight I just HAD to write when I saw Ashley and Nik's picture! Bart's twin brothers and their wives(Brent & Carrie and Brian and Kendra) are some of our closest friends. (Evan and Bart are actually pretty good friends, too, but I don't know Ashley that well.) Anyway, I've followed Bart and Ashley's story since the beginning through Carrie and Kendra and knew they were in Russia and that Ashley had to stay longer than they hoped, but Kendra hadn't called to tell me they got to come home! I was just thinking about all of it today and was planning on calling Kendra tomorrow to find out what the status of everything was, then I clicked on your link and found out for myself!!! Isn't that crazy??!?!?! I immediately called Kendra to tell her I found out through a different source! I'm so excited that Nik is finally home!!!

Bart and Ashley are two of the most loving, giving people I know. (I have another story about them and giving that is too long to put on this comment since I've already written a book...I cry everytime I try to tell it!!!)

I'm so excited that Nik is finally home with them! YEA!!!

Oh, and I agree. Brooklyn and Addelyn(sp?) are BEAUTIFUL!!!!


ps. Sorry for the novella. I'm just always amazed at what a small world it is. It's almost erie sometimes!!!

mer said...

What a sweet story...I'm sure that little boy will be well-loved, and I'm sure his family has no idea what joy he'll add to their lives. Adoption is so beautiful!

You're such a sweet friend, Kelly! You're always doing nice things for other people.

Leah said...

We moved to Louisville, KY from NWA about a year ago so Evan could finish school/go to seminary.

I'm originally from Stuttgart and went to college at Arkansas State, but Fayetteville/Farmington is really "home" to me now. Evan's dad is the pastor at FBC in Farmington, where we were members before we moved. (He and I actually met through a bible study there!) Scottie was Evan's youth minister back in the day at Magnet Cove(when Scottie was at OBU and Evan was in high school) and they've been pretty tight since then, hence my close friendship with Allyce.

Your parents live in Flippin? Did you graduate from Flippin? Do you know Padgett McClain Isaaks? I used to teach with her in Springdale. I also dated a guy before Evan whose best friend lived in Flippin and we went to Flippin a few times to visit him. (I'm kind-of scared to tell you his name-HA!)It's Eric Hudson. Except we called him Coy for some reason. My sister and bil used to live in Gasville and I used to go visit them all the time, too. (My bil was the Wildlife Officer for Baxter county for several years.)

Oh, and Norma...isn't she the sweetest person in the world??? She was on the mission trip to Guatemala that Evan and I went on a couple of years ago and I enjoyed being around her so much. She has an AWESOME photography eye! I have a CD full of pictures from that trip are very much worthy of being blown up into art!

Again...sorry for the book. I got about half-way into writing this and decided I should've sent an email! HA!

Candy said...

Wow!! I love hearing adoption stories!!! How amazing for that family! How great of your class to help them with meals. :)
Thanks for the recipe!! I haven't made that before and can't wait to try it. It sounds so good!!

Heather said...

That story is so sweet! I think it is awesome. I am definitely going to have to try your recipes. YUM-O!

Shannon said...

This story is especially sweet to me since I was able to spend some time in orphanges in Russia last summer. I am SOOOO happy they were able to adopt that little boy. Most of the places I went to did not allow Americans to adopt the children and it broke my heart. I just love to see here how the Lord can still move no matter what the obstacle is!

Leigh Ann said...

That is so sweet. Of course, I have a special place in my heart for international adoption. What a sweet pic of Nik and his mom. I wish I was eating that Mexican Chicken. It looks good, and I'm so hungry!

Meredith said...

AWW! Nik is sooo cute! Love that picture! What a sweet story and yes, they are a sweet family! Mexican Chicken is sooooo good!!! There are several different ways to make it! YUM!

Fran said...

Oh how precious!! That momma and daddy have to be on cloud 9!! Thank you for showing us the picture.

And, would you put together a cookbook for me please?? I'm all over the chicken....I think i have that one, but the cake??? Please let me see a picture of that one!!
I'll get it from ole Hillary.

Have a good day Kelly!

Lisa a.k.a. The Preacher's Wife said...

making my grocery list now...what a great recipe..

and that cake? oh my.

Kristin said...

That little boy is darling!

And the's going to be on my dinner table in the very near future! It sounds yummy & easy! :)

Sunshine said...

I love me some King Ranch Chicken! It's one of my favorites! And that strawberry cake....yummm!! I will be making both of these very soon!! : )

Robyn Beele said...

That picture is so cute of them!! That chicken looks yummy! I will be making this soon!!

Katie said...

Hi, Kelly! How exciting for your friend and her family. Congratulations to them! Adoption stories are so fascinating to me. Makes my heart smile! :o)

I have two recipes that are very similar to this one...but still different... I can't wait to try your version. It seems like I am the Queen of one-dish chicken meals like this! Whether I want to be or not! I have a blue million of them in my repertoire! haha!!

The Manen's said...

Okay, so please don't think I am a crazy stocker, but this area is so small! I have read your blog several times and LOVE it! I actually saw you at Crabby's last week! I recognized you immediately!

I am so excited to see this post. I actually work with Bart H at PRG in Rogers and knew his brother from church, and other brother worked with me at PRG as well! What a small world! That is so exciting the adoption went thru! I hadn't heard from him lately... So, I'm glad to get an update thru a strangers blog! :)

The Manen's said...

Okay, now get this.. As I clicked enter... Bart H just got off the elevator! Talk about timing!!!

Julia said...

That is really a sweet story. I just know God plans that for you some day. That recipe looks really YUM and super easy. I've yet to have an ooey gooey cake, Paula Deen makes me want them every time!!!

Meag said...

What a great weekend (previoius post)

I have a friend that will be returning June 18th from adopting a boy from Russia - so exciting! She already has a girl from there and one biological girl as well! So inspiring, so sweet, and such a blessing!

Deidra Brown said...

I think I am going to try an make this Mexican Chicken next week for dinner. I will let you know how it turns out.

Mandy said...

That is such a sweet story!! They are such incredible people for adopting internationally!!

That Mexican Chicken looks great...I might have to try that tonight!

"J" said...

That is so sweet! =)
& Your dinner dish sounds yummy!

My bosses daughter and her hubby adopted a little girl from Russia! They couldn't have kids! They sure made a great life for her! =)

Boy & Girl said...

Yummy! I dig anything that has rotel in it.

Jenny said...

I LOVE to read about families who have adopted! It fills me with such great joy and hope!
Anyway...I have to tell you after reading about that oeey gooey cake, I hopped right up from the computer and made it. I didn't have a strawberry cake mix on hand, but I used a white cake mix instead. It's in the oven right now! I can't wait to taste it!!

Heather said...

Beautiful story..he is a cutie.
And love King Ranch Chicken..I would love to come cook with you one day!!

Heather K said...

Just thought I'd say HI! I popped over from Kelly's Korner I believe...and how I got there...I'm not sure! :D It's was probably a twisty path thru webdom. I wanted to say congratulations on your pregnancy!! That's so exciting!! It's a heart breaking thing to go through..I experienced it for a shorter time than you but once things got started it kept working with a vengeance..I had 3 girls in 35 months and a fourth 3 years later!
your recipe looks yummy...but I'm wondering what rotel is...?
I've enjoyed reading...

Heather K said...

oops!! YOU'RE Kelly's Korner...I think I came over from Baby's Bangs... :P