Friday, December 28, 2012

Chicken Paprikas by Colleen

Colleen's Photo of her Paprikas Csirke (Chicken Paprikas)
Hey Barb,

When we were in Hungary, William decided he really liked the food and I promised to make him something when we got home. 


So here is a recipe for one of the most classic dishes: Paprikas Csirke (Chicken Paprikas). 

This is not how my mom and Nagymama made it. 

Their version was much simpler - just onions, butter, chicken, paprika and water. But the original dish was probably made in a pot over a campfire and there would not have been access to fresh veggies. 

This version is a bit more sophisticated, and I think, tastier.

   ---Colleen


Paprikas Csirke
(Chicken Paprikas)

1 onion, chopped fine
2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
1 red pepper chopped fine
1 tomato, peeled and seeded and chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons butter
2-3 tablespoons paprika
chicken (bone in better, but can use boneless chicken breast cut into 3 pieces a piece) about 3 lbs
4 cups water or chicken stock
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup sour cream

Melt olive oil and butter. 

Saute onions until translucent. 
Add in red pepper and sauté until soft. A
dd in garlic and sauté for another 30 seconds. 
Stir in paprika and then put in chicken pieces and coat with onion mixture.
Add in the tomato. 
Pour stock/water over chicken to cover. 
Add salt. 
Simmer gently until chicken is cooked through, about 20-30 minutes.
Remove chicken and use immersion blender in pot to emulsify the broth/onions. 

Cook down for about 5 minutes. 
Add sour cream and whisk until smooth.
Return chicken to the pot and reheat. 
Serve over egg noodles. 
Offer sour cream to top.


      ----Colleen

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