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1951 Spanish Chicken Loaf

 Not exactly sure why this dish is called Spanish Chicken Loaf. 1951 American cuisine was not very adventurous, so it could have been the addition of the pimientos that gave this dish its international aura. That's kind of adorable.

The recipe comes from the fictional Sue Swanson's recipe box.


Spanish Chicken Loaf
From "Sue Swanson's recipe box" in 1951 Swanson advertising

2 cups cooked rice
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
3/4 cup tomato juice
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. paprika
2 6-oz. cans Swanson Chicken
2 tbsp. diced pimiento 
1 tsp. minced onion
1/4 cup diced celery
1/2 cup diced green pepper

Blend all ingredients thoroughly and pour into well-greased loaf pan. Bake in a moderate (350˚) oven until firm, about 40 minutes. Loosen sides from pan and unmold onto tray, Makes 8 servings.

Green pepper rings, pimiento and hard-cooked egg slices make colorful garnish.

Click here for a more recent recipe from Swanson's Chicken.


Here's another Swanson ad from the 1950s featuring Sue Swanson.

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Recipe via Digital File Photo
Image via Period Paper

Retro Fiber: Chicken Bundles

This recipe came out just as the fiber craze was beginning.

1979 chicken bundles recipe

Chicken Bundles

recipe from 1979 Kellogg's advertisement

1 cup Kellogg's All-Bran cereal or Kellogg's Brand Buds cereal
1/4 cup chopped nuts
5 tbsp. margarine or butter, melted
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/8 tsp. ground sage
1/8 tsp. ground thyme
1/2 tsp. lemon juice
2 tbsp. chopped onion
1 tbsp. chopped pimiento
1 cup cubed cooked chicken
1 can (8 oz.) refrigerated crescent dinner rolls

Combine 1/4 cup of cereal, 2 tbsp. of the nuts, 3 tbsp. of the margarine and the remaining ingredients except rolls. Crush remaining cereal to coarse crumbs and mix with remaining nuts.

Separate rolls into 4 squares (2 triangles each), pressing perforations. Place 1/3 cup chicken mixture in center of each. Gather corners together, pinching to seal. Brush with the remaining margarine. Roll in nut mixture. Place on baking sheet. Bake at 350˚ F about 25 minutes or until browned. Serve with white sauce.* Garnish with chives. Makes 4 servings.

Variations: In place of the All Bran cereal, combine 1/2 cup Kellogg's 40% Bran Flakes cereal with chicken mixture and crush 1 cup 40% Bran Flakes to coarse crumbs and use with nuts for coating. Or use 1 cup Kellogg's Cracklin' Bran cereal crushed to coarse crumbs.

* There's a recipe for white sauce at the end of this recipe.


 This 1970s mom simply loves her avocado green kitchen appliances.

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Image via General Electric

Retro Tropical: Pineapple-Onion Smothered Chicken

A few weeks ago I met with one of this blog's readers, a lovely woman named Shelley. She gave me some of her mother's treasure trove of old recipes. This recipe for Pineapple-Onion Smothered Chicken (from a box of Lipton Onion Soup) is the first of many to come. So many, in fact, I may have to rename this blog Hey, Shelley's Mom Used to Make That!

Pineapp chicken

Pineapple-Onion Smothered Chicken
recipe from old Lipton soup box

2 tbsp. shortening
2 1/2- to 3-pound chicken, cut into serving pieces 
1 envelope Lipton Onion Soup Mix
1 can (8 oz.) pineapple chunks, drained
2 1/4 cups water
2 tbsp. flour

In large skillet, melt shortening and brown chicken well; add Lipton Onion Soup Mix, pineapple and 2 cups water (to avoid lumps, I suggest you dissolve the soup mix in the water before adding). Simmer covered, 45 minutes or until chicken is tender. Remove chicken to serving platter. Blend flour with remaining water; stir into liquid in the skillet. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened; pour over chicken. Makes 4 servings.

Via Shelley and her mom

Easy Chicken Pot Pie

I once used this recipe to make turkey pot pie with leftover Thanksgiving turkey. It was a big hit with hubby and my stepkids.


Easy Chicken Pot Pie
recipe from old Bisquick advertisement

1 2/3 cups frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
1 cup cut-up chicken (as I said, turkey works, too)
1 can (10 3/4 oz.) condensed cream of chicken soup
1 cup Bisquick Original baking mix
1/2 cup milk
1 egg

Heat oven to 400˚. Mix vegetables, chicken and soup in ungreased 9" pie plate.

Stir remaining ingredients with fork until blended. Pour into pie plate.

Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown. Makes 6 servings.

High altitude: Heat oven to 425˚.

Via Aunt B Simply Living

Chicken breaded in Fritos and fried. Lordy, that sounds awesome.

This ain't your mama's health food, that's for sure.

Fritos chicken breasts

Fritos Chicken Breasts
recipe from 1950 Frito advertising

Cut the breast of a boiled hen in four servings.

Wrap each with a piece of bacon, securing it with a toothpick. Dip in milk and egg, roll in crushed Fritos corn chips. Fry until golden brown. Serves 4.

Via emisanboo

Retro Homemade Asian Chicken with Curry Sauce

The curry powder is what makes this "Far East Style." 

It was the 1950s.

1950 recipe chicken

Fried Chicken Far East Style
Vintage recipe from 1950 Crisco ad

1 frying chicken, disjointed
Crisco for frying
salt and pepper

Roll chicken in seasoned flour. Melt Crisco in skillet — have melted Crisco about 1/4 inch deep. Fry chicken slowly until brown on all sides — add more Crisco if necessary. Cover skillet, cook chicken over low heat for about 20 minutes or until tender.


2 tbsp. melted Crisco
2 tbsp. flour
1 tsp. salt
1 cup chicken bouillon
1 1/3 tsp. curry powder

Melt Crisco, stir in flour. Slowly add chicken bouillon and, for exotic Far East flavor, curry powder. Cook, stirring constantly until sauce is smooth and thickened — about 10 minutes to blend the flavors. Season with salt to taste.

Arrange chicken on platter with cooked rice with white raisins. Serve with curry sauce.

Via Click American

Easy Breaded Baked Chicken

Vintage recipe

Tote 'n Eat Chicken
recipe from old Durkee advertising

1/2 cup salad oil
2 tsp. Durkee's garlic salt
1 1/2 cups fine cracker crumbs (use round, buttery crackers — code for Ritz)
2 tsp. Durkee's celery salt
1/2 tsp. Durkee's black pepper
4 tsp. Durkee's paprika
8 pieces chicken

Add garlic salt to salad oil in pie pan. In another pie pan combine bread crumbs, celery salt, pepper and paprika. Dip chicken in oil, then crumbs; turn to coat. Place chicken pieces in a shallow baking pan. Bake at 375˚ for one hour.

Via Recipe Curio

Retro Italian: Chicken Cacciatora

Recipe from old ad

Chicken Cacciatora
recipe from old Hunt's ad

1 clove garlic, mashed
1 large onion, sliced
2 tbsp. cooking oil
4 - 5 lb. chicken, cut in pieces
1 6-oz. can Hunt's tomato paste
1 cup hot water
salt and pepper
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms (fresh or canned)
1/2 cup tart red wine (optional)

Cook garlic and onion in oil. Add chicken and brown on all sides. Combine tomato paste, water and seasonings; pour over chicken. Cover and cook over low heat until tender, about 45 min. Add mushrooms and wine, if desired.Cook 5 min. more. Makes 4 - 5 servings.

Click here for four more recipes from old Hunt's ads.

Retro Recipes from Rice Krispies

Here are four 1950s recipes using Rice Krispies cereal.

And you thought Rice Krispies Treats were the only thing you could make with Rice Krispies.


Krispy Chicken

One 1 1/2-3-lb. frying chicken, cut up
3-4 cups Kellogg's Rice Krispies 
1/2-2/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tps. pepper

Wash chicken pieces and dry thoroughly. Crush Rice Krispies into medium fine crumbs.Combine melted butter with salt and pepper.Dip chicken pieces in seasoned butter, then roll in Rice Krispies crumbs until well-coated. Place skin side up in shallow baking pan lined with foil; do not crowd pieces. Bake in moderate oven (350°) about one hour or until tender. Do not cover pan or turn chicken while cooking. Makes 4-5 servings.


Rice Krispies Crunchies

1/2 cup soft butter or margarine
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla flavoring
1 1/4 cups sifted flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups Kellogg's Rice Krispies 

Blend butter and sugars. Add egg and vanilla; beat well. Sift together flour, soda and salt; stir into first mixture together with Rice Krispies. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased baking sheets. Bake in moderate oven (375°) about 8 minutes. Makes 40 cookies about 1 1/2 inches in diameter.


Barbecued Hamburger Crispies

1 lb. ground beef
1 egg
1 cup Kellogg's Rice Krispies 
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 tbsp. finely chopped onion
3 tbsp. brown sugar
1/4 cup ketchup
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon dry mustard

Combine ground beef, egg, 3/4 cup Rice Krispies, salt, pepper and onion; mix well. Mix together sugar, ketchup, nutmeg and mustard. Add half of this sauce to the ground beef mixture; mix well. Shape meat mixture into 6 balls and place in 3-inch muffin pans. Top meat balls with remaining sauce. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup Rice Krispies. Bake in moderately hot oven (400°) about 30 min. Makes 6 servings.


Skillet Cookies

2 tbsp. butter or margarine
1 cup finely cut dates
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
3 cups Kellogg's Rice Krispies 
1/2 cup chopped nuts
confectioners’ sugar

Melt butter in skillet. Add dates, sugar and eggs. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture forms a ball (5 to 8 min.). Stir in Rice Krispies and nuts, mix well. Sprinkle a piece of waxed paper lightly with confectioners’ sugar. Shape mixture into 2 rolls about 2 inches in diameter. Wrap in waxed paper. Chill. To serve, cut into thin slices about 1/4-inch thick. Makes 5 dozen cookies.

Via Recipe Curio

Retro Rice Recipes

I'm rice-challenged. No matter if I follow the directions on a box of rice to the letter, the rice won't turn out right.

Fortunately, my husband has an innate talent for making rice. He never reads directions. He wings it every time. And the result is always perfect.

Before I met my husband, I had no choice but to make Minute Rice. It's real rice but they do something to it to make it cook quickly. The end result is fairly rice-like. 

1999 minute rice recipes

15-Minute Cheesy Chicken & Rice

Heat 1 tbsp. oil on medium-high heat. Add 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves; cover. Cook 4 minutes on each side or until cooked through. Remove from skillet. Add 1 3/4 cups water; bring to boil. Stir in 2 cups Minute Rice, 2 cups broccoli flowerets and 12 oz. cut up Velveeta processed cheese product. Top with chicken; cover. Cook on low heat 5 minutes. Stir. Serves 4.

10-Minute Santa Fe Rice

Boil 2 cups water in saucepan. Stir in 2 cups Minute Rice, 1 cup drained canned black or red beans and 1 cup salsa; cover. Cook on low heat for 5 minutes. Serves 4.


If you're feeling adventurous, click here for a retro recipe for risotto.