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Russian Dressing ‘n Pear Chicken

by Permanent Posies on March 12, 2012

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My entry into Show Me Extraordinary sponsored by Appliances Online and Bosch Washing Machines.

It is that Secret Recipe Club time of the month.  Yea!  I have been assigned a blog called “Little Bit of Everything”.  It’s author’s name is Julie and she is from Nebraska….and she is my age….even better.  I think she has a life time of recipes too and I could have chosen many, many to try for this challenge.  They all look so tasty!

Oh….and by the way….that is the challenge.  I am to choose one of these great recipes, cook it myself, and blog about it.  No problem!

I decided to go way back in her files of yumminess and choose something…..easy and a little different.  I liked the fact that her husband had this recipe growing up and I liked the fact that I had not made it before.  In her recipe, Julie used Apricot Preserves and, in fact, she called hers Apricot Chicken.  After you read mine, go check out her blog for some great ideas.  I wish I could eat in her kitchen.  Yum!

Here is my twist on the subject.  I went with the ingredients I had on hand…..which did not include Apricot Preserves or Russian Dressing.  You ask, why would I choose this to make?  Well, I made my own Russian Dressing….which I will include that recipe…and I used Pear Preserves (which I had made earlier).  So, I decided to call it Russian Dressing and Pear Chicken.  Ok…..I improvised a bit.  I think Julie’s husband would still like it.

Russian Dressing and Pear Chicken

Russian Dressing ‘n Pear Chicken
Author: Julie from A Little Bit of Everything
  • 1 1/2 cups Russian Dressing
  • 1 envelope onion soup
  • 1/2 cup pear preserves (apricot in the original)
  • 4-6 pieces of chicken (I used thighs)
  1. Combine and pour chicken in a Crockpot. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  2. After it is cooked, if you want a thickened sauce and less fat, separate the grease and strain the sauce.
  3. Whisk together 2 tbsp of cornstarch and 3 tbsp of water. Add this to the chicken sauce and cook in a sauce pan for about 10 minutes….or until thickened.
  4. Serve sauce over the chicken. (I forgot this step….but it didn’t matter)
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I made my own Russian Dressing recipe after perusing lots of variations.  

Russian Dressing

1/2 can tomato soup
1/4 cup vinegar apple cider
1/4 cup oil
1/4 sugar
1/4 tsp onion juice
1 tbsp Worcestershire
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp Dijon mustard

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Debbi Does Dinner Healthy March 12, 2012 at 12:54 PM

I love this with the pear! I also love that you made your own russian dressing, this looks wonderful!

angie March 12, 2012 at 5:44 PM

interesting flavor combination :) Looking forward to looking through all of your other recipes :)

Karen March 12, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Hi Susan! I was so intrigued by the title of your post and now I see what it’s all about! I’ve heard of using apricot jam over chicken and I’m sure the pear worked just as well. I like it over the potatoes, too! Nice post for SRC.

Tammy March 12, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Necessity is the mother of invention. That is cool that you made your own Russian dressing!

Julie March 12, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Hi! So nice to meet you. Thanks for the nice comments about my blog. I love your version of the recipe!

Lisa~~ March 12, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Very interesting sounding recipe.

If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my Group ‘A’ SRC entry: Broiled Sushi.

Cook Lisa Cook

Dan March 13, 2012 at 9:23 AM

That looks like a very comforting meal. Mmmm. Thanks for sharing with SRC!

Betsy March 13, 2012 at 4:38 PM

This is so great. Really embodies the spirit of SRC! Talk about a unique recipe! I hope you’ll stop by this month. Its artichoke month, and I’d love if you’d link up your artichoke recipes!

ps. I had a great response to your spicy BBQ cabbage rolls I made. I didn’t even think about it being sort of “irish” but I guess I made the right choice in the right month!

Mindie March 16, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Thanks for linking up at Bacon Time. Not sure if you no you linked this in the Spring contest linky and not the anything Goes. Have a happy st. patties.

Miz Helen March 17, 2012 at 5:11 PM

This is a wonderful recipe that we would really enjoy! Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Miz Helen

Alea @ Premeditated Leftovers March 19, 2012 at 11:27 AM

What an interesting combination of ingredients in your sauce! Looks tasty!

beti March 19, 2012 at 11:38 AM

what a wonderful combination! the chicken looks delicious and perfectly combined with the pear

Trish - Mom On Timeout March 21, 2012 at 4:37 PM

My Mom used to make something similar to this and as I recall – it’s delicious! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

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