I Feel Like

Chickun Tonight
brocolliAndmushrooms

IIP time, brought once again by the lovely Jeroxie! I apologize for an issues with this blog, I have been having one of those lost weekends. I am writing this from The Black Squirrel bar in Adams Morgan. The recipe for this month was probably one of the easiest for me to settle on, even though the Nostalgia theme gave me tons to work with.  Growing up my mom made dinner most nights, and it was understood that if you didn’t eat what was served there was always cereal.  in the early 90s a commercial emerged that rocked my world: adults doing the chicken dance on the highways, at work, in the cars, wherever.  All because they felt like “Chicken Tonight”.  It took some begging but eventually my mom picked up a jar and we had some Chicken Tonight and life was good.  The official jar made a few appearances at our place and then my mom started making her own version.  Every time we saw her pulling out the ingredients we would start dancing around the house chicken style, singing out “I feel like chicken tonight, like chicken tonight” looking like losers but feeling like winners.  in college i began experimenting with the standard ingredients in order to make a vegetarian version.  this is a more upscale version of the veggie version and even now almost two decades later I still feel the need to dance around like chicken.
Ingredients: 
1 can cream of mushroom soup

1/3 cup white wine
1 cup chopped mushrooms
2 cloves garlic2/3 cup veg stock

Directions:
1 Heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Add the garlic and onion and cook 5minutes, or until onion slightly clear.

2. Add the mushroom soup along with the stock and wine.  Bring to a simmer and cook qp minutes, stirring to prevent sticking.  Add the mushrooms and cook another 10 minutes, until the mushrooms are soft.  Season to taste and serve over chicken or tofu.

The traditional way of serving this growing up always involved broccoli and white rice or rice ppilaf.  For those doing chicken the sauce can be poured over the chicken before adding the mushrooms for a more authentic experience.  I havent seen Chicken Tonight on the shelves in years but I hope it will make a return just so I can see grown men in business suits doing the Chicken Tonight dance.

4 thoughts on “I Feel Like

  1. That's a really cute memory to have – the chicken dance! As a mushroom lover, I shall keep your recipe in mind for when I need a quick easy tasty mushroom dish for diner – should be great with winter on it's way.

  2. Amanda,
    That is so funny..many years back I must admit I too made Chicken Tonight in DC from a bottle for my young girls and I remember them doing the same little dance that you described flapping their elbows:)
    Great idea to make the sauce at home minus the preservatives!!

  3. Thanks for the walk down memory lane. I remember those days too well. Your chicken sounds great. Have a good day. Blessings…Mary

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