Hungarian Chicken Paprikash

14 Jan

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You all know that I was recently in Hungary and it really inspired me to get to know a few traditional dishes from there. Now I admit this may not be the traditional way of making this dish but I wanted to do my own take on it and also try and make it a bit more healthy. This is a wonderful dish and I can see why it is a firm favorite in Hungary, it is a brilliant dish to warm your insides and chase away the cold. This is very important in a meal when you are living in minus conditions! It also has a mild spice from the paprika which only adds to the warming affect. Paprika is such an important ingredient in Hungary, you can pretty much find it anywhere, so of course I had to bring some home with me. If you like hearty stews and casseroles, you will love this.

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Hungarian Chicken Paprikash (Serves 4-5)

1tbsp olive/rapeseed oil

2 onions, roughy sliced

3 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into large chunks/strips

3 large garlic cloves, minced

1tbsp sweet paprika, more or less to taste

400g can chopped tomatoes

300-400ml chicken stock

2 large bay leaves

1 1/2tsp mixed herbs

2 large peppers, one red and one yellow preferably, cut into large chunks

1-2tbsp cornflour, mixed with a little water to make a paste

3tbsp half fat creme fraiche

salt and pepper

  • Heat the oil in a medium sized, heat proof casserole dish. Add the onion, garlic and chicken chunks and cook over a medium heat, stirring regularly until the chicken is browned, 3-4mins.
  • Add the paprika, tinned chopped tomatoes, enough chicken stock to loosen up the sauce, bay leaves and mixed herbs. Mix to combine then simmer over a low heat for about 10mins, then add the pepper chunks and continue to cook for about 20-25mins until the chicken is fully cooked and the peppers are tender.
  • Add the cornflour mixture and continue to cook for 2-3mins, stirring constantly until the mixture has thickened. Season with salt and pepper and serve with a little rice or mashed potatoes and topped with 1/2tbsp creme fraiche.
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