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.
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.
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.