Thursday, 23 June 2011

Becoming Eastern European

By my name, you can tell I married an Eastern European Man... birthed by his Eastern European Mother... who cooks Eastern European Foods... One must do what one can to keep the Eastern European Mother in Law happy... and if that means cooking food by her Easter European People... then cook I must! Since we live in her basement, we brought her a bowl to see what she thought... and unless she was just trying to be nice, she loved it! (phewf!)

I was stuck with an open box of low sodium chicken broth, half an onion and sour cream in my fridge. Not wanting to waste it, I googled those items to find an interested dinner options and Chicken Paprikash popped up... I found some inspiration from what others were doing... and banged out my very own version!

Chicken Paprikash (aka Paprika Chicken)

2 or so Chicken breasts, skinless, boneless, cut up into bite sized pieces
4 heaping Tablespoons flour seasoned with Salt & Pepper
1/2 big Onion, small dice
1 small/med Red Pepper, small dice
1 heaping Tablespoon Minced Garlic
1 heaping Tablespoon Flour (not seasoned)
4 Tablespoons Hungarian Paprika
1/2 Tablespoon Cayenne Pepper
Salt & Pepper to taste
2 Tablespoons Butter
2 Cups Low Sodium Organic Chicken Broth
1 small container Organic Sour Cream

Dredge the chicken through the seasoned flour

Heat a big pan or dutch oven with 2 turns of the pan of EVOO on med/high heat

Add the seasoned flour coated chicken.

Once lightly browned on one side, flip it over, brown the other side, then take it all out onto a plate (don't have to cook it through)

Add another turn of the pan with EVOO

Add the Onions, Red Pepper, Garlic, Paprika, Cayenne, Butter, Salt & Pepper & Flour

Saute, til onions translucent 

Add broth, scraping up the bits off the bottom of the pan

Put all the Sour Cream into a bowl, and add a couple ladles of the hot soupy mixture to the Sour Cream to temper it and mix well

Add the Sour Cream mixture to the big pan with the rest of the soupy mixture and mix well

Add back the chicken, put a lid on it, and keep it at medium-medium low for about 10-20 minutes to cook the chicken and thicken up the sauce, stir occasionally

Serve on top of Gnocchi or Egg Noodles... Delish!!!