In the early-90s a line of sauces came out by Ragu called Chicken Tonight. The commercial featured everyday people, the mailman, a traffic cop, etc. all flapping their arms to a catchy little jingle singing “I feel like chicken tonight, like chicken tonight…”. It was an easy-to-make one-skillet meal: just saute your chicken and top it with the sauce.
My favorite was the Country French Chicken flavor and everyone that ever tasted it raved about how good it was. It was a simple white sauce base with minced bits of veggies and I could literally just eat it straight out of the jar. At some point, the product disappeared off the supermarket shelves without me realizing it.
A few years ago, I remembered that delicious sauce and went looking to see if anyone on the internet had posted a “tastes like” recipe. I found several and through trial-and-error, located the one that tastes most like how I remembered it. It uses the Knorr brand Vegetable or Spring Vegetable recipe packets (usually found in the soup aisle) and can be made in the pan with your browned chicken. Personally, I prefer the Spring Vegetable with extra wine, but the picture shown is with the regular Vegetable mix.
Savory Dill Chicken (Country French Chicken)
- 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
- 6 boneless, skinless chick breast halves
- 1 cup water
- 1 package Knorr Vegetable or Spring Vegetable recipe mix
- 1/3 tsp. dried dill weed
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- Sweet white wine (optional)
Heat the oil in a large skillet and brown the chicken. Stir in the water, Knorr Vegetable mix, and dill. Bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until chicken is cooked throughout.
Remove the chicken to a serving plate and place it somewhere to keep its warmth. Remove the skillet from the burner and stir in the sour cream. Mix it in well and then add a couple splashes of white wine to taste. Serve over the chicken or on the side as a dip.
**Jump to 2017 and using my masterful Google-fu skills, tracked down that the pre-made sauce product line was somehow picked up by Knorr and now only available in the UK. I just checked today and it can be ordered via Amazon for between $6 – $8 US dollars each.