Last Flight Of The Bird

1 can cream of celery soup

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1/2 c. milk

1 1/2 uncooked rice

4 chicken breasts

1 pkg. Lipton onion soup mix

Mix both canned soups and milk with rice and pour into greased pan or baking dish. Place chicken over rice mixture. Sprinkle dry onion soup mix over chicken. Cover tightly with foil. Bake 350 for 2 1/2 hours

I add one can of corn to this, and I use skinless, boneless breasts, which means it’ll cook a little faster. I take the leftovers and turn them into a yummy thick soup.

4 thoughts on “Last Flight Of The Bird

  1. So…Margo has Good Friday, April 3, 2015, off from her teaching duties. She joins me at the office for dinner. In our conversations she mentions she’s lost my mother’s recipe for “Last Flight of the Bird.” I go to the oracle of all knowledge, Google, and the first – and only relevant – hit for my inquiry is “the pattyo” recipe for “Last Flight of the Bird”! Looking closely I note (c) Patricia Emerson Mitchell. “Wait a second,” I cry. “That’s my cousin’s wife!”

    I’m tickled to see that the stand-by fowl recipe from the Taylor family also is famed along the Danforth-Mitchell family line! Now that I think about it, I kind of remember Elinor, Mina, Marit, and Nora all gabbing about the great, new chicken hot-dish when I was a kid…

    I think we’ll have chicken tonight! Best to all of you and your families.

  2. Oh what fun to read this!

    Elinor made the dish for our rehearsal dinner way back when (1976!). It was a hit, of course. I’ve always loved that recipe, and used it when I had a ton of musicians over once because it’s easy to make a huge “batch of bird”. A good old standby, to be sure!

  3. I first had this dish at my mother-in-law’s house in 1973. My wife and I got married in 1976 and received a recipe box with favorite family dishes from both sides of the family and this was one of them. We are having it tonight 1/31/2016.

  4. What fun to read, Michael! My husband and I had this first at my mother-in-law’s house, probably in 1975. We were married in 1976 as well! I continue to make the dish, with a few alterations. :-)

    Thank you for your comment!

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