Thursday, August 14, 2014

Chicken Marengo aka I Actually Cooked!

It's been so long since I made Chicken Marengo, I'd almost forgotten about it! It used to be a staple meal when the kids were young (they loved it!) but since they've grown up and away, and I have turned in my apron (leaving most food preparation to the hubby), I rarely fix those long ago favorite dishes. But, I'm thinking I'll have to go through my favorite cookbooks and resurrect some of those meals!

Anyway, as hubby had gone grocery shopping (yep, he does that too!) and brought back a package of bone-in chicken thighs -- which I think he was planning to barbeque -- I thought about Chicken Marengo. I looked in the pantry for the all important ingredient.... Golden Mushroom soup.... and lo and behold, it was there!!

Along with tomato soup, garlic and onions -- easy ingredients! Mushrooms are good to put in too, but unfortunately I was out of those. The mushroom soup would have to suffice.

First things first -- brown that chicken!

Sizzle sizzle

Chop up the onions and garlic
Mushrooms would be here if I'd had them

Mix the soups together and pour over the chicken

Add the onions, etc.

Enjoy! Yum yum!

This is really good with brown rice, but I was out so we used a packaged cheesy broccoli rice mix that was good too! Served it with green beans, but any veggie would be good. I was going to saute zucchini but ran out of the desire to cook, so green beans was it! A salad and a nice wine would be good go-withs too!

Next time I'll have to plan better (read 'actually plan' there) but this was just off the cuff because of that package of chick thighs!!

Here's the recipe. I know there are other, more complicated recipes, but the simplicity of this one is what I like! I think the original had crawfish and fried eggs served on top and had something to do with Napoleon, but I'll just keep this one simple! I imagine I copied it from some magazine.

Chicken Marengo

3 lbs cut up chicken
olive or salad oil to brown
1 can Golden Mushroom soup
1 can Tomato soup
1 medium clove garlic or to taste, minced (I use 3 or 4 cloves)
1 lb small whole white onions (about 16) or 2-3 medium onions, quartered

In large skillet, brown chicken in oil; pour off fat
Stir soups together and add to chicken
Stir in garlic and onions; stir in mushrooms if using

Cover, simmer 45 minutes or until tender
Stir occasionally
Uncover, cook until desired consistency

Serve with rice and a green vegetable (It's really good with brown rice)
Of course, the onion, garlic and mushrooms are to taste; even the amount of chicken doesn't really matter!

If you decide to make this, enjoy! It's super easy!!
Make that souper easy, heh heh!

~sharing on AlphabeThursday where we are studying the letter M



Natashalh said...

I have to admit I've never even heard of chicken marengo. I'm glad you had fun cooking up an old favorite!

Duni said...

I like the idea of using golden mushroom and tomato soup as a stock. Must get those at the supermarket next time!

Abby / Linda said...

I'm like you, Sarah, I use what I have on hand! :) Sounds like a good, easy recipe. I must try it!

Pam Beers. said...

You reminded me to go through my old recipe box. Plus I must try your chicken marengo. Looks delish.

Grantham Lynn said...

Oh it does look so good. Now I am not sure what to cook tonight! I picked up some breast meat at the store on the way home. I definitely want to try this!
Thanks for sharing!
And thanks for coming by my Memories of Montgomery Ward post. I'll check the link. I just googled the pics. You can get to it there in case I can't fix the link.
Have a great Friday.

Splendid Little Stars said...

Kudos to you for cooking! Resurrecting old recipes can be fun, obviously.

fredamans said...

That looks really yummy. I'm gonna give it a try, thanks!

pasqueflower said...

That looks SO yummy! Thank you for sharing the recipe.

Rose Clearfield said...

How simple and delicious! I love trying new chicken recipes. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Looks delicious! Gotto try this sometime:)

Kc W said...

I love a simple recipe and I love dark meat chicken so would definitely use that and try this out -- maybe this weekend! Thanks!

Memories for Life said...

Mmmm...looks good! And I love that it just uses a few ingredients and you have the whole meal!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Simple and easy, what more could you ask for?

Karen S. said...

Easy, and delicious looking!

Lmkazmierczak said...

Always looking for new things to try...thanks for sharing♪

Jenny said...

Thanks for prompting my memory on this simple and delicious meal!

A great go to recipe for busy days!

I enjoyed seeing you for the letter M this week!



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