Reliving the 70s with Grandma’s Signature Chicken Skillet

Take a trip down memory lane with me as we dive into a cherished family recipe my grandma used to make every night in the 1970s. A comforting, homey dish that has stood the test of time, bringing smiles to generations of family members.

Stepping into Grandma’s Kitchen

Entering my grandma’s kitchen was like stepping into a time capsule. The smell of simmering food, the sound of the radio humming classic tunes, and the sight of my grandma, lovingly preparing her signature dish, is a memory I hold dear.

Her secret weapon was a sturdy, reliable cast iron skillet that seemed to have magical powers, turning simple ingredients into mouthwatering masterpieces.

Tip: A well-seasoned cast iron skillet is a staple in every kitchen. It’s perfect for everything from sautéing to baking.

Unveiling the Star of the Show

Every night, like clockwork, grandma would pull out her trusted skillet and start cooking the star of the dish – juicy, perfectly seasoned chicken. The aroma would fill the house, making everyone’s mouth water in anticipation.

If you’re looking to recreate this nostalgic dish, this organic chicken is the closest match to the quality and flavor of the poultry my grandma used.

Tip: Always go for the highest quality chicken you can afford. It makes all the difference in taste and texture.

The Secret Ingredient

Like many grandmas, mine had a secret ingredient that she swore made all the difference – a dollop of homemade apple sauce. The sweet and tangy sauce added a unique twist to the dish that had everyone coming back for seconds.

While making your own apple sauce is ideal, this organic apple sauce is a great substitute for those short on time.

Tip: Add a spoonful of apple sauce to your chicken for a surprising burst of flavor.

There’s something comforting about following a recipe that’s been passed down through generations. As I recreate this dish, I feel a sense of connection to my grandma, and I’m reminded of the love and care she put into every meal.

Grandma’s 1970s Chicken Skillet

Recipe by Emma BatesCourse: DinnerCuisine: American


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A nostalgic, comforting dish that has stood the test of time.


  • 4 pieces of organic chicken

  • 1 cup of apple sauce

  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat your cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add a touch of oil if needed.
  • Season your chicken pieces with salt and pepper, then add them to the skillet. Cook until they’re golden brown on both sides.
  • Once the chicken is cooked, add a spoonful of apple sauce on top of each piece. Let it simmer for a few minutes until the sauce is heated through.
  • Serve hot and enjoy the nostalgic taste of grandma’s cooking. This dish pairs perfectly with a side of mashed potatoes or a simple salad.


  • Feel free to adjust the amount of apple sauce to your liking. A little more can add an extra punch of flavor.
  • This dish is best enjoyed immediately, but leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I use a different type of meat?
A: Absolutely! This recipe works great with pork or turkey as well.

Q: Can I make this dish without a cast iron skillet?
A: While a cast iron skillet is ideal for this recipe, you can use any heavy-bottomed pan instead.

Q: Can I use store-bought apple sauce?
A: Yes, you can. However, homemade apple sauce will give the dish a more authentic flavor.

Q: Can I make this dish ahead of time?
A: It’s best to serve this dish immediately after cooking, but you can cook the chicken ahead of time and add the apple sauce just before serving.

Whether you’re reminiscing about the good old days or simply craving a comforting meal, give this recipe a try. It’s more than just a dish; it’s a slice of history and a testament to my grandma’s love for her family. Happy cooking!

Emma Bates
Emma Bates
Emma is a passionate and innovative food writer and recipe developer with a talent for reinventing classic dishes and a keen eye for emerging food trends. She excels in simplifying complex recipes, making gourmet cooking accessible to home chefs.

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