Monday, March 26, 2012

Country Club Chicken

Need something quick for dinner tonight? This dish comes together in under an hour but it tastes like it took hours to prepare. I’m not usually one to notice the subtleties in a dish but the apple and the wine and the bacon flavors really seem to shine through.
I have no idea why this is called Country Club Chicken. I came across it online while looking for chicken recipes. I altered it a bit (Of course, I can’t help it) without really changing the original recipe from Kayotic Kitchen (For some reason I can't link you to that site. Just google Kayotic Kitchen Country Club Chicken and it will take you there.) . If you want to see truly amazing photos of this dish then please check out the Kayotic Kitchen blog. It will have you wanting to lick your screen. Seriously. One look and you will understand why I had to make this.

Country Club Chicken

6 - 8 slices bacon, chopped
5 chicken breasts
Salt & pepper
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 cups mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
1 apple, peeled, cored, finely chopped
1 can (10 oz) cream of mushroom soup
¼ cup white wine
1 cup aged cheddar

Preheat oven to 350. Spray a medium sized casserole dish (or 9 X 13 pan)  with cooking spray and set aside.
In a large skillet, over medium – high heat, cook the bacon until it is just starting to get crispy. Remove and drain on paper towel.
Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. In the same pan (DON’T clean it!! You want all those delicious bacon drippings), quickly brown the chicken on both sides and then transfer to the prepared casserole dish.

Now, cook the onion for a minute or two. Add the mushrooms and continue cooking for another minute or two. Add the apple and cook for another 3 – 4 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle the bacon back in there. Pour in the white wine. Now add the cream of mushroom soup and the aged cheddar. Stir until it is well combined and smooth.
Pour over the chicken breasts.

Place the casserole in the 350 oven and cook for 25 – 30 minutes. Until the chicken is super tender and the sauce is bubbling.
This is great served with spaghetti or with rice. You want something that will soak up all that delicious sauce.
 This is a great dish if you are having company and want them to think you spent hours trying to impress them. My photos don’t really do it justice (seriously, go look at Kayotic Kitchen) but it tastes amazing and the smell in the house while it is cooking will have you drooling.
You may want a bib.
All you need is a little veggie side dish – maybe some steamed broccoli or green beans – and you have a fancy schmancy meal that is as easy to make as Kraft dinner and Shake & Bake.
Try it.
You’ll see what I mean.
Here - I copied the photo from Kayotic Kitchen in case you can't get to their site either. Now you can see how awesome it looks when someone with fantabulous camera skills takes a photo.

Drooling yet?

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