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The Martin & Lewis Burgundy Chicken Redeux

Author Rick Greene joined us to unveil his newly published book.

Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis were the biggest comedy act in show business from the mid 1940s until the mid 1950s. They began on the nightclub circuit before conquering radio, television and film.

I originally did this episode in May 2021 and used Dean Martin's recipe from "Cookbook of the Stars" from 1970. The results were disastrous to put it mildly. You can see that episode and read all about it here.

I decided that a major course correction was in order. My friend and frequent collaborator Ruth Mundsack stepped in to set me straight and how me how this recipe is done!

The Recipe

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1 tablespoon olive oil, divided

1 3-pound chicken, skinned and cut into 8 pieces

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

6 cloves garlic, peeled and halved

4 shallots, peeled and halved

1 cup carrot, thinly sliced

2/3 cup dry red wine or reduced-sodium chicken broth

1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth

1 tablespoon reduced-sodium tomato paste

1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary

1-1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Chopped fresh parsley for garnish


In a large nonstick skillet, heat 2 teaspoons of oil over medium heat. Dredge chicken in flour. Add chicken to skillet; cook, turning once, until golden, about 6 minutes. Place chicken on a plate; cover with foil to keep warm.

Reduce heat to low. Add remaining oil to skillet. Add garlic, shallots, and carrot. Cook, stirring, until vegetables are crisp-tender, about 4 minutes.

Add wine, broth, tomato paste, rosemary, and pepper. Increase heat to medium. Bring mixture to a boil.

Return chicken to skillet. Reduce heat to low; simmer, covered, until no longer pink, about 25 minutes. Garnish with parsley. Serve immediately.

Special Guests

Rick Greene is a film history collector and also co-authored the book "Harry Brandon: King of the Boogeymen" with Bill Cassara. You can find Rick on Facebook and he runs the group Greene's Pop Culture Sugar Blast! Coolness From The 20th Century. His new book "Marketing Mayhem!: Selling Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis to Post-War America" was just released from Bear Manor Media.

Ruth Mundsack really loves being a part of the TCM community and she's a co-creator of a Classic Film Club in Long Beach, CA. She has been to several TCM Film Festivals and it gives her absolute joy to meet friends and be part of the classic film community or #MyTribe. If you want to follow her on Social Media she's @Cary_Grant_Girl on the Twitter, GirlattheBch on Instagram and Silver Screen LBC on Facebook.

The Final Result

Ruth really turned things around! This recipe was delicious. We all sat down and ate a big meal together after the episode wrapped.

Here's the cover or Rick Greene's new book! You can find it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and at

There are plenty of Martin & Lewis films on DVD for you to enjoy.

Thank you once again to Cherie Savoie Tintary for the collage artwork.


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