Dec 12, 2011

Country Club Chicken

Country Club Chicken

It wasn’t until a friend of mine casually asked me what I had put into the chicken casserole that made it so creamy without making it greasy, that it dawned on me this is more an American than a European way of cooking.

Using a concentrated soup as the basis of your casserole—turning it into a sauce like that—isn’t really common in Dutch cooking. Actually, it’s really uncommon. I love it, though. It’s tasty, easy and fast and you always get the same result.

This is a very old recipe that a lot of you probably still know from old church or community cookbooks.

For those of you who don’t… you need to make this one, stat. It’s the ultimate stick-to-your-ribs type of comfort food.

 

Ingredients:

1 pound spaghetti
4 chicken breasts
1 large onion
7 oz mushrooms
1 can concentrated cream of mushroom soup
(1 Unox or 2 Campbell’s)
4 or 5 slices bacon
1/4 cup dry white wine
2/3 cup sharp cheddar
1 apple
butter or oil
salt & pepper

 

Directions:

Mince the onion. Clean and slice the mushrooms.
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Peel and mince the apple (or wash it well). Mine was a golden delicious.
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Season the chicken breasts with a generous amount of salt and pepper.
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Cook the bacon and don’t clean out the pan. Cleaning the pan is a venial sin. Drain the bacon on a paper napkin.
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Add a bit of butter and quickly brown the chicken breasts on both sides. Transfer them to a casserole.
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Cook the onion for a minute or three.
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And add the mushrooms. I love this shot, no idea why.
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After a minute or three you add the minced apple and cook it all for another 3 to 4 minutes.
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Season with a pinch of salt and pepper and crumble the bacon in there. Pour in the white wine.
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I’m sure you can replace the white wine with chicken broth or plain water, but I’ve never cooked it like that.
 

Add the soup. For the Dutchies: this is not your average mushroom soup but it’s the thick, concentrated version!
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Sharp Cheddar. You just can’t go wrong with cheese. Never. I’ve added roughly 2/3 cup.
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Okay, so maybe it was a bit more. Sue me! Stir it into the sauce.
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And pour it all over the chicken breasts.
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Until you can almost hear them scream “Help me, I’m drowning!“.
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Put the casserole in a preheated oven at 350F (175C) for 25 to 30 minutes. Until the chicken is super tender and the sauce is all hot and bubbly.
 

Gives you 25 minutes to cook the spaghetti according to the directions on your package. Now that’s doable.
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Unlike Jamie Oliver’s ’30-minute meals that took me 90 minutes to cook.
 

Live a little and garnish with more bacon… and some parsley, just for the heck of it.
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Obviously this dish is pretty low on vegetables so you might want to serve this with vitamin pills on the side, or just add some broccoli/green beans. Your call.
 

Country Club Chicken
Ingredients
    1 pound spaghetti
    4 chicken breasts
    1 large onion
    7 oz mushrooms
    1 can concentrated cream of mushroom soup
    (1 Unox or 2 Campbell’s)
    4 or 5 slices bacon
    1/4 cup dry white wine
    2/3 cup sharp cheddar
    1 apple
    butter or oil
    salt & pepper

Directions
    Mince the onion. Clean and slice the mushrooms. Peel and mince the apple (or wash it well). Mine was a golden delicious. Season the chicken breasts with a generous amount of salt and pepper.

    Cook the bacon and drain it on a paper towel. Add some butter and quickly brown the chicken breasts on both sides. Transfer them to a casserole.

    Cook the onions for 3 minutes before adding the mushrooms. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper and give it all 3 minutes, add the minced apple and cook for another 3 minutes. Pour in the white wine, add the crumbled up bacon and soup and stir in the grated cheddar.

    Pour the sauce all over the chicken breasts. Put the casserole in a preheated oven at 350F (175C) for 25 to 30 minutes. Until the chicken is super tender and the sauce is all hot and bubbly.

    Cook the spaghetti in salted water according to the directions on your package. Put the spaghetti in a bowl, place the chicken on top and pour the sauce all over. Serve with extra vegetables on the side.

Meal type: dinner, chicken, casserole
Servings: 4
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    202 Comments »

    1. 1

      Here is a link to a Homemade  Cream of Something Soup recipe I pinned a while back.
      http://1orangegiraffe.blogspot.com/2011/07/anything-you-wanna-call-it-casserole.html?showComment=1310864846151#c3489139395376988271
      I am not sure how to link so you will have to cut and paste this url.   Just thought I would Pass this along.
      This looks good by the way!!
      Cheryl

      Cheryl on Feb 24, 2012 @ 8:32 pm Reply
      1. Scroll up for the recipe, once you get there.

        Cheryl on Feb 24, 2012 @ 8:35 pm Reply
    2. 2

      Oh, never mind.  It linked automatically.

      Cheryl on Feb 24, 2012 @ 8:33 pm Reply
    3. 3

      This was a hit at my house.  Quick and easy!!!

      Joy on Feb 27, 2012 @ 12:14 am Reply
    4. 4

      Would this freeze well?

      Mert on Feb 28, 2012 @ 1:53 am Reply
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      I was just wondering if you have to put the apples in this. My husband can’t stand apples, he can’t even pour a glass of apple juice for the kids without gagging. I really want to make this, it looks and sound amazing.

      Katie Beck on Mar 8, 2012 @ 5:56 pm Reply
    6. 6

      Found on Pinterest, made for tonight’s dinner. EXCELLENT! leftovers for lunch tomorrow!

      Cindy O'Neil on Mar 9, 2012 @ 1:42 am Reply
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      My friend, Marci, just made this for dinner and raved about it! Looks great. Because she found the recipe on Pinterest, the review is posted here: http://pineatreview.com/2012/03/12/country-club-chicken-kayotic-kitchen/. (Marci is a contributor to the blog.) Naturally, we gave you a plethora of credit and links. Thanks again for the yummy recipe! –Denise

      Denise on Mar 12, 2012 @ 10:17 pm Reply
    8. 8

      That is a true comfort meal if I ever saw one. The apples must add a lovely flavor to the dish.

      Karen (Back Road Journal) on Mar 13, 2012 @ 4:02 pm Reply
    9. 9

      To clarify, this recipe calls for TWO regular size cans of Campbells C.O.M soup? Cant wait to try it! Thank you.

      Gail Pennycook on Mar 13, 2012 @ 9:15 pm Reply
    10. 10

      I found this recipe on pinterest and tried this tonight. It was delicious and my hubby loves it. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

      Naoko on Mar 22, 2012 @ 10:04 pm Reply
    11. 11

      Yumilicious! Served with rotini to catch more sauce. Next time I’ll play a bit-maybe some whipping cream to hurry the heart attack along, play with the cheeses, perhaps add some broccoli (broccoli makes everything fat free and healthy right?) HE is eating his second helping and is quiet as a mouse so he must approve. 

      Kelly on Mar 22, 2012 @ 10:47 pm Reply
    12. 12

      I found this on Pinterest and made it for dinner tonight. It was delicious! The wine really made it perfect.

      Emily on Mar 30, 2012 @ 9:07 am Reply
    13. 13

      At the risk of sounding stupid, what is that blue thing you are stirring the onions with?

      Rebecca on Mar 30, 2012 @ 8:20 pm Reply
      1. Just a spoon with a hole. Perfect for stirring soups and sauces.

        Kay on Mar 31, 2012 @ 11:11 am Reply
    14. 14

      I enjoyed reading the cook’s comments as much as drooling over the recipe – it’s the apple in it that makes me want to cook this tonight!  It’s got all my favorite (fattening) ingredients  :)

      Peggy on Apr 4, 2012 @ 4:06 pm Reply
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      ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS! Made this today and everyone kept having more than just a portion. Did some changes though, I didn’t have the white wine nor the parmesan cheese, but I worked just well with what I had in hand. I love your blog and keep on posting recipes like these, amazing, simply amazing.

      maria on Apr 15, 2012 @ 9:00 pm Reply
    16. 16

      Delicious! My husband was amazed and couldn’t stop giving me thank you kisses :)

      Ali on Apr 20, 2012 @ 2:15 am Reply
    17. 17

      Wow!! This is the first recipe of yours that I have tried. It turned out awesome and it was easy to make. I really appreciated your pictures with it. Great website!

      Jolinda Kohl on Apr 23, 2012 @ 1:56 am Reply
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      Making this for our dinner and just can’t wait to try it.   Of course, I am using items that I have on hand.  Using Chicken Thighs instead of the C. breast.  Everything else is the same.  Although I cut the bacon in half and laid in on the chicken.  The sauce is absolutely delicious.  Will let you know how it turns out.  (We like thighs better than the chicken breast!)

      Flo Aumend on Apr 24, 2012 @ 5:08 pm Reply
    19. 19

      Made this tonight. My oh my.  Delicious!

      Stacy on Apr 27, 2012 @ 4:27 am Reply
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      I tried this and it turned out great.  Thanks for such a great recipe.  I never would have thought to pair apples with the rest of the ingredients.  I served ours over smashed red potatoes. 

      Elissa on Apr 28, 2012 @ 12:05 pm Reply
    21. 21

      I know whats for dinner you made it so easy to follow and it looks wonderful thank you for sharing

      sheryl on Apr 29, 2012 @ 2:38 pm Reply
    22. 22

      Adding this one to my “getting married soon–need to cook for my husband” list of recipes! Thank you!

      Angela on May 2, 2012 @ 6:34 pm Reply
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      Just seeing this recipe now on pintrest.  Looks so good, but soup from a can mess with my stomach.  Wonder if I could make a white sauce?  Probably.
       

      sue on May 3, 2012 @ 12:16 am Reply
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      Made this a couple of nights ago.  My husband went back for seconds before grabbing the potato chips so it was obviously amazing!  I had lots of leftover noodles and sauce so got to enjoy that part as leftovers for a couple of days!

      Lisa on May 4, 2012 @ 5:39 am Reply
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      Made this recipe tonight and again the family loved it – thanks

      andrea on May 14, 2012 @ 10:57 am Reply

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