Saturday, December 14, 2019

Paprikás Csirke - Chicken Paprikash – Paprika Chicken

While my girls were in Florida, I got to thinking about the meals we eat and realized we stay pretty close to home and I thought we should branch out.  So I divided the world into five areas (excluding North America), picked five 5-7 countries from each and found a signature dish from each country – the areas are Africa, Asian mainland, Europe, South/Central America, Pacific Islands.

My goal is to cook a dish from a different country each week and I picked Europe – Hungary – Chicken Paprikish with Nokedi (dumplings) for the first one.  I read many recipes for the chicken and finally settled on one from the Daring Gourmet for the chicken and a recipe from forthe dumplings.  Here is a shot of the chicken from the Daring Gourmet website which has many how-to pics and a shot from the web for the dumplings.

As I read recipes, it was highly recommended that only good sweet paprika from a certain region of Hungary be used so I found Szeged Sweet Paprika SeasoningSpice on Amazon and used it but after tasting it and our usual store bought version, I could not tell much difference.

Authentic Chicken Paprikish - very slightly adapted from Daring Gourmet

2 tablespoons pork lard, or butter (Larry used butter)
3 pounds chicken pieces, bone-in and skin-on (this is traditional and recommended because it creates the most flavor, but alternatively you can use boneless/skinless pieces of chicken) (Bev bought the later by mistake)
2 medium yellow onions, very finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
2 Roma tomatoes, seeds removed and very finely diced
1 Hungarian bell pepper, diced (optional)
3-4 tablespoons quality, genuine imported sweet Hungarian paprika
2 cups Aneto 100% All-Natural Chicken Broth (Larry used Swanson)
1½ teaspoons sea salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
¾ cup full fat sour cream
¼ cup heavy whipping cream
Note: Hungarian bell peppers are hot and I wanted to add no heat to mine but wanted the pepper flavor so I added a sweet yellow pepper which is why my sauce isn't as red as the original shown above - next time I'll be sure to use a red pepper.

1. Heat the lard in a heavy pot and brown the chicken on all sides.  Transfer the chicken to a plate. 
2. In the same oil, add the onions and fry until golden brown.  Add the garlic and tomatoes (and pepper if using) and fry another 2-3 minutes.  Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the paprika, salt and pepper (paprika becomes bitter if scorched). 
3. Stir in the chicken broth and return the chicken to the pot and place it back over the heat.  4. The chicken should be mostly covered. Bring it to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 40 minutes. Remove the chicken and transfer to a plate.
5. In a small bowl, stir the flour into the sour cream/cream mixture to form a smooth paste. 6. Stir the cream mixture into the sauce, whisking constantly to prevent lumps. Bring it to a simmer for a couple of minutes until the sauce is thickened.
7. Add salt and pepper to taste. Return the chicken to the sauce and simmer to heat through.

8. Serve the chicken paprikash with Hungarian nokedli, which is like German Spaetzle only they're very short and stubby.  You can make nokedli with a spätzle scraper and using this recipe for the dough. 

Hungarian Nokedi (dumplings)

2 eggs
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
3⁄4 cup water
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 large pot filled with salted boiling water

1. Place large pot filled with salted water and bring to boil.
2. Combine eggs, salt, and water, beating well with whisk.
3. Add flour, a little at a time.
4. Add only enough flour to make a soft, sticky dough.
5. Let mixture rest for about 10 mins.
6. Beat mixture again.
Using the side of a teaspoon, spoon small amount of dough into boiling water.
Dipping the spoon in the hot water will remove the dough from the spoon (if you have a spaetzel maker, that makes is easier as you want very small noodles).
7. Larry used a colander with large holes and rubbed a rubber spatula over the dough to force it thru the bottom holes ala spaetzle.

8. The noodles are done when they float to the top.
9. Remove from water with large slotted spoon, and place in colander and shake before plating them.
10. You may want to make the dumplings in 2 or 3 batches so they don’t overcook.

My first supper-from-around-the-world was a big hit with me and my four (yes four) girls.  In addition to Bev and Cindy, Sil Pat was here as was our good friend Kathy who is staying with us while she recovers from rotator cuff surgery.   We all thought both dishes were very good and everyone said they would definitely eat this meal again - my dumpling maker worked just fine.  Tune in next week for meal number two from India.

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Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.


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  1. this sounds delicious my son would love this never had anything like it but he told me at a friends house he had something exactly like this and I need to try it! Happy Weekend and enjoy the season with blessings Claudia

  2. Larry, Great looking entree! We haven't had anything like this since we moved here from Chicago. Chicken Paprikish with those little dumplings combine for great comfort food! Laurie did remind me that we did find a quality Hungarian restaurant in Detroit a few years ago but I don't remember what we had to eat. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  3. We had similar chicken dish made by sm hungarian friends of ours don't know the recipe but it was an amazing meal, She has since passed on so the recipe is gone with her, It I ever get outta here will be dish ia will make again , thanks or the reminder.

  4. Beautiful Christmas Cactus............................HRB..

  5. I am going to try this over the holidays. Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. Great dish, and I make it pretty much the same. Pretty cactus! Looks like an old one, mine is smaller and filled with lots of pink blooms but not nearly as many as yours, pretty!

  7. This recipe is right up my alley. I make spaetzle all the time, because it's a family favorite. That chicken dish looks outstanding!

  8. I absolutely love your worldly plan and look forward to seeing what you make. I made chicken paprikish once and thought it was absolutely delicious. I love that you took the time to make those dumplings. It all looks and sounds delicious. I'm with you, I can't tell much difference between paprikas. But when it comes to smoked paprika, I truly believe a purchasing a better brand is important.


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