Friday, January 2, 2009
Quick Fix Chicken Paprikash
My refrigerator is packed to the rafters with leftovers. It's time for a salvage operation and until it's over no morsel is safe from the deft hands and sharp eyes of a woman on a mission. Once in, I found the remains of a chicken and peppers from a vegetable platter - in my world those are the components for a quick and easy Hungarian meal that is drop dead delicious and on the table in 30 minutes. This is an amazing recipe. When you read it there seems to be nothing to commend it, but once you try it you'll be hooked. I've called this Chicken Paprikash because it's made with sour cream and sour cream is what separates paprikash from it's cousin goulash. For best flavor you'll need both Hungarian sweet and hot paprika. You can, of course, cut back on the amount of butter and the type of sour cream you use in the dish, but there are so few ingredients it's beat to stick to the recipe as it's written. One other caution - don't let this sit around. The noodles will begin to soak up the sauce and the dish will be dry. I really hope you'll try this one. It's really tasty for something so easy to do. I make this a couple of times a year.
1/4 cup butter
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1 can (10.5-oz.) condensed chicken broth, undiluted
1 tablespoon Hungarian sweet paprika
1 teaspoon Hungarian hot paprika
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
3 cups cubed cooked chicken
2 to 3 cups hot cooked egg noodles
1) Melt the butter in a large skillet. Add onion and saute until tender and lightly brown, about 5 minutes. Add red pepper and cook until tender, about 3 to 4 minutes longer. Stir in chicken broth and bring to a boil. Stir in sweet paprika, hot paprika and salt. Stir flour into sour cream and whisk into sauce until smooth; bring to a simmer. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
2) Fold in chicken and noodles. Cook, stirring, over medium heat to warm chicken and noodles, about 3 minutes. Serve hot. Yield: 4 servings.
I'm sending this recipe to Presto Pasta Nights sponsored by Ruth at Once Upon a Feast.
This recipe is adapted from one developed by Linda Faus for FOODday at OregonLive.