Paprika Chicken

We made Paprika chicken with a layered broth of red peppers, garlic and onion with the chicken. We dipped hunks of baguette with the red colored sauce and it was unbelievable. The bread sopped up the flavors. Make sure the chicken is seared on high heat and nicely browned to ensure layers of flavors.

Adapted from BBC Food UK

  • 1 large chicken, jointed (or use 2 large chicken legs and 2 breasts, halved)
  • salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • knob butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tbsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tbsp hot paprika
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 285ml/½pint chicken stock
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh flatleaf parsley
  • 2 red peppers, de-seeded and cut into 1cm/0.5in strips
  • 4 large ripe tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 250ml/8fl oz sour cream

Preparation method

  1. Rub the chicken pieces with the salt. Heat the oil and butter in a large heavy-bottomed pan and brown the chicken all over for a few minutes. Remove the chicken from the pan and set to one side.
  2. To the same pan, add the onions and garlic and sweat for about five minutes. Add the sweet and hot paprika, then the flour, and stir until combined – take care not to burn it.
  3. Add the stock and stir. Return the chicken pieces to the pan, adding a bit more stock if the mixtures seems too dry.
  4. Add half of the chopped parsley and bring to the boil. Add the red pepper strips, reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Stir in the tomatoes and simmer gently for about one hour.
  6. When the chicken is cooked, remove the pan from the heat. Stir in the sour cream and the remaining parsley. Check the seasoning and serve.

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