I got this recipe originally from my
friend Sue Smith on one of our Florida "rest" vacations. She called it simply
"Italian Chicken". Later, I brought the recipe to Hunter Mountain to share with
my ski buddies. It is such an easy dish, you can even fix it quickly after "Happy
Hour". Diane Rogalski, one of my house mates, and a dear friend, took charge of
cooking up the dish. It became so popular that it was requested often that winter.
Everyone praised Dianes wonderful inventive recipe. She thanked them and beamed,
forgetting where the recipe originated. From that winter on, this dish has been re-named
"Chicken Diane". I hope she is still cooking it and taking bows.
Update: I recently spoke to Diane about this recipe and our
years at Hunter Mountain. She corrected me. The dish did not officially
become "Chicken Diane" until she changed the salad dressing to diet
dressing. That, she said, made the recipe her own.