Thursday, October 14, 2010

ch-ch-ch-chicken paprikash.

i feel like i am on an episode of sesame street. i apparently have an affinity for sounding out my recipes. p-p-p-pot roast. ch-ch-ch-chicken paprikash.


anyway, i made chicken paprikash a new way last night. normally i make it in the crocky- it consists of shredded chicken, hungarian paprika, onions, sour cream and dumplings. this recipe holds basically the same ingredients, add green bell pepper, subtract dumplings, add egg noodles, unshred chicken. i was nervous because he grew up with the crockpot version- and loves it but i dont care for the dumplings but i love the flavor- so i thought i'd try something a little different.....


1 tbsp evoo (i just pulled a rachel ray)
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
(i am sure you could use dark meat here- thighs maybe, but i am anti.)
1 medium onion- sliced
1 bell peper-sliced
2 cloves (ish) chopped garlic
1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes (i used whole and just crushed them with my hands- messy, but i think better)
black pepper
1 tbsp paprika (i use hungarian paprika)
sour cream
fresh dill
egg noodles


let the oil heat up in large, deep skillet or pot

salt and pepper both sides of each chicken breast

brown chicken breasts about 4-5 min each side, remove from skillet, set aside

keep drippings from chicken in pan (if it is an excessive amount, only keep about 2 tbsp)

add onion, bell pepper and garlic- stir until tender (about 4-5 minutes)

add crushed tomatoes (you can add some of the juice, but don't add all of it)

add paprika, about 1/4 tsp pepper and 1/2 tsp salt- mix

bring ingredients to a boil over medium heat

when boiling, nestle chicken in the mixture and then simmer partially UNcovered for about 20 minutes or until chicken is done

nestled chicken

while chicken is cooking, boil egg noodles (i like the wheaty- whole grainy ones, but to be traditional, use, well, the traditional ones)

place chicken and pepper/onion/tomato mix over noodles

top with a dollop of daisy (sour cream) and a sprig or two of fresh dill

*the dill really compliments the meal. next time i will mince it and add it to pan near the end of cooking
tastes as good as it looks!

this was a success, as my paprikash snob really liked it too! however, that does not eliminate the crockpot version. stay tuned for that recipe down the road.


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