Getting the Pig to Commit

A Chicken and a Pig lived on a farm. The farmer was very good to them and they both wanted to do something good for him. One day the chicken approached the pig and said, “I have a great idea for something we can do for the farmer! Would you like to help?”

The pig, quite intrigued by this, said, “of course! What is it that you propose?”

The chicken knew how much the farmer enjoyed a good healthy breakfast. He also knew how little time the farmer had to make a good breakfast. “I think the farmer would be very happy if we made him breakfast.”

The pig thought about this. While not as close to the farmer, he too knew of the farmer’s love for a good breakfast. “I’d be happy to help you make breakfast for the farmer! What do you suggest we make?”

The chicken, understanding that he had little else to offer suggested, “I could provide some eggs.”

The pig knew the farmer might want more, “That’s a fine start. What else should we make?”

The chicken looked around…scratched his head…then said, “ham? The farmer loves ham and eggs!”

The pig, very mindful of what this implied, said, “that’s fine, but while you’re making a contribution I’m making a real commitment!”

The fable is an old one, but we all know that the outcome of any effort is much better if all team members are committed. So for this dish I committed to making sure the chicken was as committed as the pig – Chicken with mushrooms, prosciutto and cream sauce.

Such a rich tasting dish with the dark meat thighs, salty prosciutto, and creamy sauce.

I used boneless thighs. Note the sour cream and butter. The cow was only contributing and not committed. How could I have let that happen?!?!?

I ended up with 8 boneless thighs, but luckily I had enough prosciutto.

Chicken with Mushrooms, Prosciutto, and Cream Sauce

Prep Time: 10 Min |  Cook Time: 1 Hr  | Servings: 6 servings | Difficulty: easy


  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
  • 6 chicken thighs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 6 slices prosciutto (thin sliced)
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic, divided
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine (optional)
  • 1 cup sour cream


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Drizzle butter into a casserole dish. Season chicken with salt, pepper, and 1 tablespoon garlic. Wrap chicken thighs in prosciutto, and place in casserole dish. Sprinkle mushrooms and remaining garlic on top of chicken.

Bake in a preheated oven until juices run clear, about 1 hour. Remove chicken to a platter, and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.

Pour drippings from casserole into a skillet set over medium-low heat. Whisk in wine and 1/2 cup sour cream, and cook until warmed through, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add more sour cream as needed  Pour over chicken, and serve.

Nutritional Info:

Amount Per Serving Calories: 383 | Total Fat: 30.8g | Cholesterol: 119mg Powered by ESHA Nutrient Database


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Categories: Chicken, Italian, Low Carb, Main Dish, Pork, Recipes, Wine

Author:The Ranting Chef

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37 Comments on “Getting the Pig to Commit”

  1. Chuck
    April 29, 2012 at 11:04 am #

    I had forgotten that fable, thanks for the reminder. And, the dish looks great. Definitely one to add to my list.


  2. April 29, 2012 at 11:11 am #

    This looks amazing! YUM!


  3. April 29, 2012 at 11:15 am #

    Looks divine!! I will try this. Thanks!


  4. April 29, 2012 at 11:15 am #

    Yum! Can’t wait to try this.


  5. Agi's Farmhouse Kitchen
    April 29, 2012 at 11:32 am #

    Love this kind of recipe, it’s so simple and doesn’t need a lot of ingredients, will try it!


  6. April 29, 2012 at 11:34 am #



  7. April 29, 2012 at 11:37 am #

    I remember that story – love it! I reckon the cow has to be committed now, huh. I would love to try this recipe…for company, since my hubby hates mushrooms. He says he’s a fun guy but won’t eat fungi. Go figure.


  8. April 29, 2012 at 11:38 am #

    looks amazing!


  9. April 29, 2012 at 11:39 am #

    I’m so upset you can’t “favourite” a post..maybe I can try bookmarking the page..hmm


  10. April 29, 2012 at 12:27 pm #



  11. April 29, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

    Great story! And this dish looks so good; can’t wait to try it.


  12. April 29, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

    Looks so yummy. (And simple)


  13. April 29, 2012 at 1:04 pm #

    I have all the ingredients. Don’t you love it when you find a recipe and you can make it right away? I love that!


  14. April 29, 2012 at 1:58 pm #

    Nice! Yes, I agree. The cow got out of this easy . . . this time!


  15. April 29, 2012 at 2:43 pm #

    Um, Yum? This is going down as a ‘must try’…. and for me, I am glad the cow escaped the commitment 😉


  16. P.S. I Love Soap Co.
    April 29, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

    Boy, my mouth is watering….Sounds delicious! Loved the story too:)


  17. April 29, 2012 at 3:05 pm #



  18. April 29, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

    Looks delicious, and I love the fable!


  19. April 29, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    Oh, I’m making this for my BF ! Ha!


  20. April 29, 2012 at 5:55 pm #

    What I love about this recipe is that it not only looks delish, it appears pretty easy to prepare. That’s my kind of food.


  21. April 29, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

    Sounds absolutely delicious. And easy.


  22. April 29, 2012 at 6:28 pm #

    Love your blog! Love the vegetarian recipes! I did my teaching prac last year in a Jewish school in Perth Western Australia Love the kosher recipes Totally loved your pig and chicken story!!


  23. April 29, 2012 at 9:05 pm #

    Love the story! This dish looks amazing too! You can’t to wrong with prosciutto.


  24. April 29, 2012 at 10:43 pm #

    Sounds so delicious! Definitely going to try this recipe. 🙂


  25. April 30, 2012 at 4:15 am #

    Can’t wait to try this – my mouth is watering just thinking about it – and it’s so easy


  26. maddi2079
    April 30, 2012 at 7:34 am #

    Wow this sounds fantastic! It’s recipes like this that make me miss my meat 😦


  27. April 30, 2012 at 8:42 am #

    pork should be its own food group


  28. April 30, 2012 at 8:45 am #

    Cute fable, I’d never heard it before. This looks alot like an Italian dish that I can’t quite remember the name of right now (my language skills have all escaped me recently) but a white wine is used for the sauce.


  29. April 30, 2012 at 9:34 am #

    That looks UBER YUMMY.


  30. April 30, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

    Yum! Definitely going to try this one soon!


  31. April 30, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    This sounds wonderful! We do something similar on Christmas Day, Chicken San Marino. I’ve saved the recipe so we can try this instead next Christmas. Thanks!


  32. April 30, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

    This looks wonderful although I’ve never heard of that fable. I was kind of hoping it would take a turn along the lines of “and therefore the husband who enjoys his meals so much should commit to taking a turn standing in front of the stove”… Maybe I can change it up a little & pass it off as the new version of the fable.


  33. May 1, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

    Thank you for the wonderful words! And I hope to try this recipe soon!


  34. May 2, 2012 at 10:14 pm #

    Made this for dinner tonight. It was REALLY good and will be going in the weeknight recipe rotation. Thank you for sharing it!


  35. May 3, 2012 at 5:48 am #

    I had not heard that fable before. ROTFL.


  36. May 8, 2012 at 3:37 am #

    Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an really long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show up. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyways, just wanted to say great blog!



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