Friday, November 16, 2012

Chicken Paprikash

Isn't it funny how many comfort foods contain pasta? Spaghetti, macaroni and cheese, fettuccine alfredo...somehow a delicious sauce, poured over steaming noodles (no matter the shape!) does wonders for our souls.

This chicken paprikash is a new one for me- it definitely stirred up some homey feelings and I was sure it reminded me of something.

Maybe it was the tender chicken simmering in a flavorful red sauce that reminded me of my mom's chicken spaghetti.

Or maybe it was stirring sour cream into a tomato based sauce that put me in mind of stroganoff.

Either way, this sauce has a flavor of its own- and if you haven't guessed it yet, refer back to the title. Paprika! Two whole tablespoons of the sweet and smoky substance make up about the only spice in this dish (besides salt and pepper of course!). And it is amazing. Down home comfort with a flavor twist.

Do you have a favorite "comfort food" recipe?  I'd love to try it! Please email me at and maybe I'll feature your recipe on my blog!!

Note on the recipe- Annie recommends using bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs and/or legs...I chose to use skinless, boneless chicken breast and it was wonderful- so go by your preference!

Chicken Paprikash
serves 8

3 lbs. chicken thighs, legs or breast
salt and pepper
2 tsp olive oil
1 lg. yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 TB sweet paprika
3 TB flour
1 3/4 cup chicken broth
1 (15 oz.) can diced tomatoes, with juice
1/2 cup sour cream or greek yogurt
cooked egg noodles for serving

Season chicken with salt and pepper. In large pot, heat oil over med-high heat. Place the chicken pieces in the pan, skin side down (if using thighs or legs) and cook until browned, about 6 min (time will be shorter if using breast). Flip and cook other side until browned. Transfer to a plate.
Discard all but 1 TB of fat from pot and lower heat to med. Add onion and cook, stirring frequently, until it begins to soften, about 2 min. Add garlic and continue to cook, about 3 min. more. 
Stir in paprika and flour, season with salt and pepper, and stir constantly until the mixture is fragrant and begins to stick, about 1 min.
Stir in broth a bit at a time, whisking until smooth. Add tomatoes and bring the mixture to a boil. Return chicken to the pot. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook until chicken is cooked through, about 20 min. Prepare noodles while chicken is cooking.
Remove chicken pieces to a cutting board and shred, removing skin and bones if necessary. Stir shredded chicken back into the pot. Remove from heat and stir in sour cream or yogurt. Serve warm over egg noodles.

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