As the presidential election comes to a close, it’s only appropriate that we celebrate our right to vote with a themed meal! These recipes are all presidentially inspired – either a president’s favorite meal, a recipe served at the White House or a special election dessert.

Nixon’s Chicken is a recipe that was passed down to me at my cooking themed bridal shower many years ago. When it was passed to me, I was told that Richard Nixon’s mother made this recipe, but in searching for the origins online, I found similar recipes attributed to his daughter, Julie Nixon Eisenhower. Either way, this is a favorite of my close family friends and my in-laws. I’ve taken the recipe that they shared with me and tweaked it a little bit.

Nixon’s Chicken (serves 4)

1-2 lbs of chicken tenders or chicken breasts
24 oz frozen broccoli
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 cup mayonnaise
½ cup bread crumbs/crumbled crackers (I prefer Ritz)
1 tsp lemon juice
½ tsp curry powder (you can substitute cumin, dry mustard, cayenne)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
4 servings white rice


Gather ingredients and preheat oven to 350 degrees

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In a 9×13 casserole dish, layer the frozen broccoli

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Top with chicken

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Combine soup, mayonnaise, lemon juice and spices and cover chicken and broccoli

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Sprinkle with cheddar cheese and bread crumbs

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Bake uncovered for one hour

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Top a serving of rice with a piece of chicken and the broccoli and sauce mixture.

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To keep with the presidential theme, serve with The Biggest Loser salad that was served to contestants at the White House. At my house we only use the dressing, because RP (my hubby) doesn’t like uncooked cucumbers and tomatoes and I rarely eat raw red onions.

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For dessert, consider the colonial recipe of Election Cake.
[source: Serious Eats – used with permission]

If the colonial cake isn’t your speed, enjoy presidential cookies instead! My husband and I both have our favorites. I prefer Hillary Clinton’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies that she shared with Good Housekeeping when her husband was running for his first term. RP (the hubby) on the other hand, grew up loving Mamie Eisenhower’s sugar cookies.

And, for the grownups, enjoy one of your favorite president’s cocktails while watching the election results roll in later in the evening.

I hope you’ll enjoy some conversation with your family while eating your election dinner about the importance of voting. Whether from a blue/red or in my case, purple…make your voice heard.


Chaaron is a Nebraska native who lives in Alexandria, VA with her husband, RP, her son, Dash and her daughter, Pippa. By day, she's a program manager with a public charity in DC and by night, she is happily occupied with living room dance parties and dodging errant duplo pieces. She's terrible at updating her blog, but you can find her little slice of the internet at