chicken paprikash

In culinary experiments, dinner, easy weeknight meals, ethnic food on 11.01.11 at 8:39 pm

too much pepper on my paprikash? just like songs often remind us of moments in life, movies often inspire foodie moments for me. i guess you could say this was my ‘when-harry-met-sally’ foodie moment… perhaps after you read this recipe for chicken paprikash, you’ll have what i’m having. ;)

i was on a chicken paprikash mission that weekend and trekked over to the cookbook company for some culinary inspiration and that smoked paprika that i’d heard about from a friend. (thanks, jenn!)

the chicken:
– heat up 1.5 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil in a large saucepan
– add 1/2 white onion (diced) and sauté til browned
– add 6-8 chicken thighs (boneless, skinless) to onions in pan
– season chicken w/ 1 tsp smoked paprika
– lightly brown chicken on both sides, then reduce heat to medium

the paprikash:
– drizzle 1/2 cup beer over chicken (optional)  i added some pilsner to this recipe.
– stir in 1 cup plain greek yogurt w/ chicken until combined
– season w/ ground black peppercorns
– season w/ 1 tsp smoked paprika
– add 1 large can diced tomatoes
– add 1 orange bell pepper (pitted, thinly sliced)
– braise chicken on medium heat for approx 25-30min (stir occasionally, cover w/ lid), or until chicken is cooked and no longer pink inside

the finished product is a stew-like dish. and the paprika will give the dish a vibrant red hue. beautiful.

the rice:
– steam 1.5-2 cups jasmine rice (i use a rice cooker to keep it simple.)

(tip: to save time, you may want to start cooking the jasmine rice at the same time as the other ingredients. or, you can also cook the rice the night before; just make sure you give it a bit of time to get to room temperature after removing from the refrigerator. you can also substitute with brown rice instead, if you’re looking for a whole-grain option and a better source of fibre.)

food styling:
– plate a single serving of steamed jasmine rice
– dish up a generous helping of chicken paprikash on the rice
– season w/ ground black peppercorns

(tip: for a more authentic side dish to accompany chicken paprikash, try potato dumplings.)

  1. I have such a craving for paprika now!


  2. Oh this looks good! I need to find some smoked paprika. Yum!


  3. I can just taste the smoked paprika jumping off the page! Delicious.


  4. Time to get out the paprika and start cooking!


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