The Pyrenees---Southern France

The Pyrenees---Southern France

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Chicken Tonight

         When my daughter was growing up (she's now in her thirties), one of her favorite dinners involved the jarred Chicken Tonight sauce.  I think Ragu made it, and it was delicious. Pop off the lid, cube up some chicken and cook it, then pour on the sauce. It was a white sauce, with a few vegetable bits floating around, and a hint of wine...well seasoned and good-to-go straight from the jar.





        My oldest child and I were bemoaning the fact that this sauce has been discontinued for years. After our talk, I was determined to find a recipe that would replicate the scrumptious stuff.

       I found several online, experimented...and last night I was successful. 

       If you feel like you've been "discontinued" as a novelist because you haven't worked on your book for a while...if you feel like you've been taken off the shelves because you haven't gotten any acceptance letters recently...if you feel like you've vanished from readers' eyes because you haven't blogged in a while--experiment. Check out the calls for submissions. Try something.

       You might find you have started a delicious piece of writing...


Chicken Tonight Redone

1-2 carrots, diced small
1/2 onion, diced
mushrooms (6 or 7), cut into small pieces
2 cans of cream of mushroom soup
1 can of evaporated milk
sherry

Sautee the vegetables until soft but not browned. (I cooked them in a pan and then softened them in the microwave.) Add the mushroom soup and the milk. Add a splash (and then a couple more splashes) of the sherry. Add salt to taste. This sauce, when some cubed, cooked chicken is thrown in, makes a wonderful entrée...it can be served over noodles or rice. 



24 comments:

  1. I used to love this mix they had for blondies, which are sort of like brownies, except different, lol. Anyway, it's long gone. *sniffle*

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    1. Shay--My mother used to make "Blondies" which were butterscotch brownie-like things. Is that what the mix was--butterscotch-y?

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    2. Shay--I think I miiight have a recipe for "Blondies." Would you like it if I can find it?

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  2. Sounds like you've unlocked the secret code. I've never heard of this. Maybe becuase we were Hamburger Helper people.

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    1. Oh Linda, we did a lot of that too. One box of Hamburger Helper and 1/2 pound of meat. (That meat had to be streeeetched thin. ;)

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  3. This looks yummy! I am going to have to give this a try.

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    1. Pat--It IS delicious, and so easy...

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  4. This is something even I might be able to make. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Donna--You're welcome. If you can open a can and splash from a bottle, you can make it.

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  5. Oh, this sounds good. I can see a plop of sour cream in all this too! Tying this to writing...was a good nudge for me. I am "thinking" but not actually doing right now. I need to "get to it"!

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    1. Bookie--It is good, and easy, and I'm all about easy when it comes to cooking.

      As far as writing--me, too. I need to get off my butt and 'stir the pot.'

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  6. I remember those commercials. "I feel like chicken tonight, chicken tonight..." We never had it, though. We were Hamburger Helper people like Linda. But only the Beef Noodle version.

    I need to get a few ingredients simmering before I'm ready to stir the pot.

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    1. Val--Turn up the flame and get it goin'.

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  7. Would you believe I still sing that commercial every time I cook chicken?

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    1. Mama Zen--I not only believe it, I'm sure you sound MUCH better singing it than I do...

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  8. I don't remember Chicken Tonight - maybe it was a regional product.

    Since I've been reincarnated as a housewife, I've found lots of copycat recipes online. Allrecipes.com, Food.com, and copycatrecipes.com. Unfortunately for me, the dishes often taste better than what I used to eat in restaurants - which means I'm stuck doing the cooking AND the dishes. Life is so unfair.

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  9. Kim--I agree. My husband is a great cook (he cooks 99% of the stuff that I eat) and what he comes up with is almost always better than restaurant fare.

    I'm sorry. There IS a benefit to being mediocre. Try screwing up a few times. Maybe then you'll get to go out and eat...

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  10. Since Mister Man went on a low sodium diet, I've banished canned soups. But oh, how I miss 'em.

    (Missed your inspirational blog posts, too! And P.S. I like chatting while traveling, but I will sing--and loudly--if the Neil Diamond CD is in. Well...that's not true. I will sing--and loudly--for just about ANY CD. :-)

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    1. One of my favorite Neil Diamond's records is from the early 70's--Hot August Night.

      You? You like to chat? THAT'S a surprise...;)

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  11. Good advice and a good recipe, too. Bonus! Thanks, Sioux!

    Pat
    Critter Alley

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  12. Loved that stuff. There is alfredo sauce in jars, but it doesn't have the veggies. Why do they discontinue the good stuff? Maybe it's available in Canada?

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    1. Marcia--I don't think so...at least that's the impression I get from comments on the internet. However, this "homemade" stuff is pretty good, and it's super simple.

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