Chicken dish a president would love?

The Baltimore Sun

Ruth Toro of Towson was looking for a recipe called "President Reagan's Favorite Chicken." She said it was published some years ago, and was easy and delicious. Undoubtedly, there are many versions of what is believed to be the late president's favorite chicken dish. We received several different ones from our readers.

I liked the sound of the one sent in by Tina Smith of Wagram, N.C. It came from a collection of favorite recipes from the Army Officers' Wives Club of the Greater Washington Area. It's hard to say whether this was really the late president's favorite chicken, but it is a nice, fairly basic dish, yet fancy enough to serve for company.

Reagan's White House Chicken

Serves 12

12 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

salt and pepper

4 cloves garlic, crushed

2 tablespoons flour, plus more for dredging

4 tablespoons butter (divided use)

3 tablespoons oil

1/2 cup dry sherry

2 onions, finely minced

3/4 pound mushrooms, sliced

2 cups chicken broth

1/2 cup dry white wine

1 cup shredded cooked ham

1 cup green grapes (optional)

Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper and spread with garlic. Dredge in flour. Heat 3 tablespoons butter and the oil together in a heavy skillet and saute the chicken breasts on both sides until golden.

Remove the breasts to a shallow casserole dish (you may have to do this in several batches). Pour sherry into skillet and heat through, then pour over the chicken breasts. Add to skillet remaining 1 tablespoon butter and the onions. Saute onions until clear and soft. Add mushrooms and cook for 2 minutes. Blend in 2 tablespoons flour.

Gradually add chicken broth and continue cooking (stirring) until smooth. Don't let the liquid cook away. Add wine, ham, and salt and pepper to taste. Pour broth mixture over chicken. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Stir in green grapes, if desired.

Per serving (without optional grapes): 307 calories, 35 grams protein, 16 grams fat, 5 grams saturated fat, 4 grams carbohydrate, 1 gram fiber, 103 milligrams cholesterol, 209 milligrams sodium


Darlene Shearrer of McHenry, Ill., is looking for a recipe for a rolled cookie made with cold coffee and chocolate. The cookies are glazed after baking.

Ann Sillitto of Winchester, Va., is looking for a recipe for molasses fruit bars with raisins.

If you are looking for a hard-to-find recipe or can answer a request, write to Julie Rothman, Recipe Finder, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278, or e-mail If you send more than one recipe, put each on a separate piece of paper or attachment with your name, address and daytime phone number. Names and addresses must accompany recipes to be published. Letters may be edited for clarity.

The nutritional analyses accompanying recipes in today's Taste section were calculated by registered dietitian Jodie Shield, except where noted.

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