Easy Chicken Bourguinon


While there are a couple steps in this weeks easy recipe, my Easy Chicken Bourguinon can be quickly put together for a great family dinner.


Serves 4


2 lbs chicken thighs (I used skinless/boneless but if you don’t mind such things you can get a much better golden color with skin-on chicken thighs.

10 oz can cream of mushroom condensed soup.

1/3 can of water (mushroom can)

7 oz jar of sliced mushrooms and  jar juice.

1 Cup red wine

1/2 onion – minced

1 clove minced garlic

2 Tbsp olive oil

2 Tbsp A-1 Sauce

1 tsp corn starch (to thicken sauce)

salt and pepper to taste

extra wide egg noodles – per package instructions


In a large sauce pot add soup, mushrooms, wine, garlic, corn starch. Stir  ingredients to mix and heat on low.  Stir occasionally.

Heat large fry pan on high heat, add olive oil.

Add the chicken thighs – salt and pepper them, and brown for three to four minutes.

Turn chicken over and brown on other side for 3 to 4 minutes.

Place chicken in sauce pot and increase temperature to high.  When you get a solid low boil reduce heat to medium and cover.

Drain excess oils from fry pan and in remaining oil saute onions.

Add onions to sauce pan.

Add A-1 sauce, salt and pepper, stir and cover.  Cook at low boil for 30 minutes.

Prepare noddles per package instructions (time it so the noodles are done when the sauce time is up)

Plate noodles, two thighs per plate and add generous serving of mushroom sauce.

And in like less then 45 minutes you are serving an easy but great home cooked meal.


What a crazy work world we live in.  Last week I was in the Desert for a few days finishing up a lawsuit.  I came back and the next day She Who Must Be Obeyed left on a business trip to London and other locals.

My son and I are ‘batching’ it while Sue is away.  Then she comes home and I’m off to the International Food Blogger Conference in Seattle.  Sue and G will hang for a few days.  Then the following week Sue if off to speak at a conference in Vegas.

Holy smokes.  Thank goodness there are two of us

All of this brings me to an old theory of mine.  No doubt cellphones, e-mail, texting, and jet travel have made doing business over great distances and time zones easier.  Question is have those modern marvels freed us up or are we enslaved by such technology?

Back in the not so distant past at the end of the work day, it was in fact the end of the work day. Nothing more than a land line phone call or courier could intrude on your evening.  But with e-mail and texting a new report or problem pops into your down time and demands your immediate attention.  With the sound of an e-mail chime the Pavlovian worker is snapped back into work mode.

Don’t get me going on the complete absence of privacy thanks to our beloved gadgets.   And, I just read that the info computers on new cars can be hacked by a skilled person of ill will, and that person can command you car to stop at a place of their choosing.

I love those wonderful moments, usually on the weekend, when my smart phone is on the counter and I’m walking at the beach.  Completely off the grid.  Accept I suppose for the security cameras everywhere.  But don’t get me going.

As She Who Must Be Obeyed puts it, “Other than fuss what are you going to do to change things?”   That realization pretty much shuts me up and signals the time for a walk at the beach.

Good Eating and Table Talk,


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