Camp Fire Recipe: Chicken, Noodle, and Potato Chip Casserole

When I was growing up, my mother specialized in budget friendly meals. The recipe below is an adaptation of one she used to fix all the time. If you look at the ingredients, you may have guessed the casserole. Well, my mom called it Tuna Triumph, which we had at least four times a month. It was a delicious and hardy meal. She would complete it with a small, fresh fruit salad topped off with some fresh mint. The latter only if the mint was up in the garden.

While this dish is a humble one, the extra touches my mother did make it seem to be a five-star meal.

Please note:  this dish is somewhat different from Tuna Triumph. If you want a more traditional dish, take out the chicken and add two cans of tuna.

Camp Fire Recipe:  Chicken, Noodle, and Potato Chip Casserole

Ingredients

Liquid or spray oil

1 pound of cooked chicken breast, with the skin and bone removed

2 celery stalks

1 teaspoon of onion powder

¼ teaspoon of salt

¼ teaspoon of black pepper

2 cups of fine egg noodles

¼ cup of mayonnaise

1 (10.25 ounce) can of cream of chicken soup

1 bag of potato chips, variety up to you

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Steps

  1. Start your coals by building a fire.
  2. While the fire is burning, place a grilling rack above the coals.
  3. Fill a Dutch oven with water and place on the rack.
  4. Once the water begins to boil, put your 2 cups of fine egg noodles inside and a few minutes less than directed. The reason for this is to keep the egg noodles from becoming mush when it is baked.
  5. When the egg noodles have finished cooking, drain the water off and set aside.
  6. Lightly grease a 10 inch Dutch oven.
  7. Pull out a large mixing bowl from the camp kitchen.
  8. Chop chicken into cubes and place in bowl.
  9. Chop celery into small pieces. Add to bowl.
  10. Add onion powder, salt, pepper, mayonnaise, and cream of chicken soup to bowl.
  11. Fold in egg noodles.
  12. Place mixture in a 10 inch Dutch oven. Top with lid and put on a heat resistant surface.
  13. Arrange 10 prepared coals on the heat resistant surface. Place the Dutch oven on these coals.
  14. Evenly space 14 prepared coals around the lip of the lid. Add 6 more in the center.
  15. Bake for 40 minutes.
  16. While the casserole is baking, crush 1 cup of potato chips.
  17. When the bake time has passed, knock off the coals from the lid and remove the lid. Sprinkle the crushed potato chips on top.

Remove the Dutch oven from the ring of coals. Serve.

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