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Chicken Supreme on Taste and Tell

Garage sales were a common occurrence in my teenage years. My parents owned a sporting goods store that sold used equipment, so my mom would be up early every Saturday morning, planning out a route from the local newspaper. She would hit many garage sales in that one day each week, looking for sporting treasures. I didn’t go with her often (I was a teenager, after all), but I do remember tagging along with her a few times. I’m a bit of a pack rat (I’m trying to overcome this), but I was the one who saw everyone else’s trash as my treasure. I would come across so many items being sold for mere pennies, and I couldn’t understand why everyone would want to give up such possessions. And although I don’t remember ever really buying much, I remember how fun I thought it was for me to go through other’s throw-aways. These garage sales ended up being a really good thing for my sisters, brother and I as we left home. My mom would find dishes, pots and pans and silverware, so we were all set in our apartments. I actually ate off of and cooked with garage sale finds until I got married. I never really minded the second hand goods, especially since I always had roommates, and anyone who has ever had a roommate knows that you don’t really want to set out your “best china” for everyone to use.

Along with the kitchen goods, my mom would pick up cookbooks and such whenever she would come across them. I do have one cookbook that I “inherited” from my brother. I also have many of those Pillsbury mini cookbooks that are sold at the grocery checkout. So last summer, I got this bright idea to start hitting a few garage sales every Saturday, looking for cookbooks to add to my collection. Well, I wasn’t nearly as successful as my mom. After several weeks, I had only run across one cookbook. Granted, I would only go to 4 or 5 garage sales each Saturday, but I figured that I could go buy a brand new cookbook for the price I was paying in gas.

That one cookbook I did come across, though, is one of my little treasures. It is a copy of the Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook. I’m not sure what edition it is – I can’t find a copyright anywhere, but it is an older copy. The pages are yellowed and worn, and the pictures are definitely not modern. There are some added inserts in the back that are dated 1975, so I figure the book itself is from around the same time.

I think the reason I love this book so much is that it is fun to go through and see what kinds of recipes were popular around the time I was born. Some of the recipes leave me with a big question mark, wondering who would really make them, but others sound like timeless classics. Like this chicken dish that I made. I changed up a few things, but what I ended up with was a delicious dinner that I would make over and over again. And when a recipe stands the test of time, you know you’ve found a winner!

Chicken Supreme
adapted from Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook

6 bone-in chicken thighs
3/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
dash of paprika
1 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup white wine
1/4 cup diced onion
1/4 teaspoon curry powder
dash of pepper
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cold water
1 cup sliced mushrooms
olive oil

Preheat oven to 350F.

Sprinkle the chicken thighs with the seasoned salt and paprika. Place chicken in a 9×13 baking dish.

Combine the chicken broth, wine, onions, curry powder and pepper. Pour over chicken. Cover with foil. Bake for 30 minutes, then uncover and bake for an additional 45 minutes or until chicken is done.

When chicken is almost done cooking, heat a small amount of olive oil in a pan. Add mushrooms and sauté until tender. Remove from heat.

When chicken is done, remove from oven. Remove chicken from pan and cover to keep warm. Strain the pan juices, and reserve for the sauce. In a small pan, blend the flour and the cold water. Slowly stir in the pan juices. Cook and stir over low heat until sauce thickens, the boil for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the mushrooms and heat through. Serve chicken with the sauce.

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43 Responses to Chicken Supreme

  1. Jenny says:

    This looks great Deborah! I love chicken and mushrooms!

  2. kat says:

    That truly does look like a classic dish

  3. Courtney says:

    looks yummy. I am going to have to try this one day. I love chicken marsala and this kind of reminds me of that.

  4. Erin says:

    This looks delicious! I love anything with mushrooms. I definitely want to make this soon.

  5. Steph says:

    Yum, that looks so delicious! My hubby would love this dish!

  6. Sharona May says:

    Sounds wonderful ~ like a savory dinner. YUM>

    Thanks for the recipe.
    Sharona May

  7. Peabody says:

    Most of our everynight meals come from Betty Crocker. Looks pretty supreme to me.

  8. Psychgrad says:

    I enjoy garage sales too – but they can be dangerous for someone with limit space

    The chicken looks really flavourful, which is dangerous considering that I’m so hungry and at work.

  9. Mrs. L says:

    This sounds like a great simple dish! I know I have that old cookbook somewhere (I graduated from high school about that time and got one as a present). I’ll have to dig it out to find the original recipe.

  10. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen says:

    Your chicken looks great! I have overcome my pack rat ways – and so I try to stay clear of garage sales and the like – but I am well aware of their place in the culture!

  11. Clumbsy Cookie says:

    I wish we had garage sales around here… That chicken dish looks delicious!

  12. noble pig says:

    Dishes from the 70′s always remind me of my childhood, this looks like one of them.

  13. Kevin says:

    That chicken looks really tasty.

  14. Aggie says:

    This is my kind of meal…looks so good and I bet it tastes wonderful! Thanks for the recipe!

  15. Leslie says:

    MMM..this looks great..a cook book that old??, hmmm there must have been a recipe for Liver and Onions in it!!!LOL
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment about my banana bread french toast! Stop back by anytime!

  16. Cookie baker Lynn says:

    This definitely looks like a winner! Mushrooms and chicken – it has my name written all over it.

  17. Lisa says:

    Delicious looking dinner! I have a few garage sale cookbooks myself. You gotta love them.

  18. hot garlic says:

    I had never heard of ‘Chicken Supreme’ until I moved here. It is on the menu at most nicer restaurants. I am not sure if it is similar to this but now I am intrigued. It is such a vague title, who the heck knows what they do to it to turn it from ‘chicken’ to ‘chicken supreme’! That was what I was thinking at the time, perhaps I have found my first clues.

    Yeah, I didn’t have any desire for treats while I was pregnant either! It is sad when not even candy or cookies are enticing…

  19. Beth says:

    Chicken supreme can never go out of fashion! I love chicken and mushrooms together.

  20. Mochachocolata Rita says:

    oh gowd! this looks so good! i love chicken + mushroom combo! ;)

  21. Dhanggit says:

    i love hunting for cookbooks and books too on garage sales :-) they are always the best moment to find one :-) chicken supreme is one of my fave chicken dishes, but i normally use my roasted chicken left-over for this dish..maybe i should cook this dish one of these days..how is pregnancy going? my sis-in-law is on the way too! I had her on the phone and she isnt feeling very well..i told her it will pass by :-)

  22. Kristen says:

    I did the garage sale thing for a couple of years, and every once and awhile I’ll get the itch. It seems like household things were the best finds!

  23. Maria says:

    I love cookbooks of all kinds. I will have to look at garage sales, Good idea! Your chicken looks great!

  24. Claire says:

    Mmmm…this looks great! I love mushrooms.

  25. Emily says:

    I wish that I could make this but my hub is an avid mushroom hater! But it looks Yum-E!

  26. Pam says:

    This looks really good and is definitely a timeless recipe.

  27. Megan says:

    looks like a perfect everyday king of meal. And I prefer thighs over breast anyday!

  28. Carmen says:

    Yum – this looks lovely! I love the combination of chicken & mushrooms.

    Thanks for your comment! I had no clue what was authentic, but served the sauce on the side, thinking it might be too "wet" for the calzone filling. :)

  29. kimberleyblue says:

    My mom used to make chicken like that back when I was young – I’m sure I would still love it. Sounds tasty!

  30. Sarah says:

    Oh goodness…I am always sold by anything involves chicken and mushrooms! Looks great!

  31. Paula says:

    Ah, a fellow pack rat! Loved the story behind this recipe! How great that the one book you found hold great appeal for you. And, how lucky for us that you made this recipe! Although, of course, I’m starving right now. This is a comfort food dish all the way!

  32. Leslie says:

    Thanks for your comment on my Weight Watchers dish. WW does truly come up w/ great meal ideas

  33. tigerfish says:

    Looks so good! I bet after a garage sale, I would be too hungry (all the energy expended in shopping!) and can eat two of these! :P

  34. Veronica says:

    I love going to garage sales and collecting old cookbooks. The best one I ever found was a handwritten one that was written with a pen and ink-there are spots all over it. It’s hard to tell if the writer created the recipes herself, but just the fact that she took the time to write them all out like that-it’s such a treasure-I wish it was from my family. Your chicken looks great!

  35. Sophie says:

    oooh! I love old cookbooks and I reallly, really love garage sales! My last apartment was furnished with thrift store and garage sale finds. To be honest, I have a soft spot for the used items, especially if they have a lot of history behind ‘em…like your old cookbook :)!

  36. KJ says:

    It’s always great to discover fabulous old tried and true recipes. Chicken and mushrooms are just made for each other!!

  37. Ari (Baking and Books) says:

    I love garage sales but haven't been to one in ages. As a kid/teen my mom always hit the garage sales & thrift shops too, sometimes you can find some truly incredible things in those places!

    This dish looks like a filling, soul warming meal. :)

  38. Dragon says:

    Mmmmmm, chicken and mushrooms are a match made in heaven. Well done.

  39. HoneyB says:

    This looks really delicious. Great photo!

  40. Rosie says:

    Oh Deborah this looks really delish!!

    Rosie x

  41. LaDue & Crew says:

    I’m not sure how I stumbled onto your blog, but I did, and it’s wonderful! As far as the cookbooks go, I have collected them for years, and am now doing so for my daughter. I have had awesome luck at the Goodwill and Thrift stores- I found 9 in one evening at the Goodwill! Give it a try!

  42. LaDue & Crew says:

    I’m not sure how I stumbled onto your blog, but I did, and it’s wonderful! As far as the cookbooks go, I have collected them for years, and am now doing so for my daughter. I have had awesome luck at the Goodwill and Thrift stores- I found 9 in one evening at the Goodwill! Give it a try!

  43. Trish says:

    Haven’t made this recipe in many years (15-20). Had a hankering for it for awhile now. So today got out my old “Better Homes & Garden Favorite ways with Chicken” 1967 cookbook. In that book its called Chicken Breasts Supreme. Figured I look on computer to see if there was anything close to the old time. My sister in law had this at my home back in the 80′s and she still makes it to this day. I’m starved right now thinking about it. Going to make now. Hope its as good as I remember.

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