Thursday, May 6, 2010

Braised Paprika Chicken

Healthier dinners like the one below have helped me keep a good attitude along with doing the treadmill in the early morning. With sour cream being the only naughty ingredient, I get a satisfying meal but without the guilt. And I love how the sour cream helps to make the sauce a light but creamy one!

I have also become such a huge fan of the sweet Hungarian paprika in this dish, thanks to my amazing blogger turned real life friend Kacey. I am even visiting her & her family for the first time in just a few weeks. She once sent me a recipe where I needed to have this kind & only this kind of paprika. So don't skimp on it. It's worth it!!!!!

I re-wrote the recipe here since I made quite a few changes to this dish, making it lighter & faster by skipping the butter & using boneless chicken tenders instead of bone in chicken pieces, thereby cutting the cooking time in half.

BRAISED PAPRIKA CHICKEN  Adapted from Eating Well         

1 1/2-2 lbs boneless chicken tenders
3/4 tsp coarse salt, divided
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
2 tblsp olive oil
1 chopped red bell pepper
1 chopped green bell pepper
Pinch of sugar
16 oz pkg mushrooms
2 tblsp tomato paste
2 tblsp sweet paprika
1 tsp crushed red pepper
1 tsp dried marjoram
1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1 tblsp all-purpose flour
Dried parsley for garnish

S eason chicken with 1/2 teaspoon salt & pepper. Heat oil in a large heavy pan or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add bell peppers, mushrooms & sprinkle with sugar. Cook, stirring frequently, until the veggies are soft & light brown. Stir in tomato paste, paprika & crushed red pepper.

A dd the chicken & stir it gently into the veggie mixture. Sprinkle with marjoram & add broth. Cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid or foil & simmer over medium-low heat until the chicken is very tender, about 20 minutes.

A t the 15 min mark, just before the chicken is done, whisk sour cream, flour & the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small bowl until smooth. Stir the sour cream mixture into the sauce; return to a simmer & cook, stirring, until the sauce coats the spoon. This will make the 20 minutes cooking time for the chicken. Serve garnished with parsley, dill and/or chives, if desired.

Food for Thought }

The original recipe called for 3 1/2 lbs of bone in chicken pieces, Canola oil instead of olive oil, the addition of butter & 4 cups of onions. I love onions but they bother some people in the family so I took them out altogether & have been since. I also upped the bell peppers & added mushrooms.

A little thought: recipes call for diced veggies often but in dishes like this I love to actually see the veggies so I just do a rough chop. It looks pretty & it saves on time!!!!!!


FROGGITY! said...

hmmm... this sounds awesome, but i might not be talented enough to make it?? something about the word braise is intimidating!! :)

you did an awesome job though... so...please come and cook for us. kthanks.

Just Breathe said...

This sounds wonderful. Thank you for sharing it!

Tam said...

What I love about your blog is your thoughts after you have cooked it and your tips!

Tender Branson said...

Was hungarian paprika hard to find? I haven't bothered looking because it sounds like it would be difficult.

Jen said...

this looks like something I must try.

Coco said...

Holy moly! This looks like the perfect Coco low carb dinner. I am making this for SURE.

I only use low fat sour cream and I don't taste a difference at all.


Coco said...


Manda said...

I'm such a "foodie"... love to cook, especially love to eat!
This recipe had my mouth watering... and since I ran 10k this morning, I'll dollop on the sour cream (completely guilt free).
This will be on my menu next week!

Sherry said...

I know just the place to get the paprika. :D

Life with Kaishon said...

It sounds delicious! : )

Hope you have a wonderful Mothers Day tomorrow! I am sure you are whipping up something spectacular!

Ronda said...

This looks amazing, and I love Hungarian paprika too.
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!! I hope you had a wonderful day!

simpledaisy said...

Happy Mother's Day to you:)

Angela said...

This looks yummy Steph! I am trying to figure out what to make for dinner tonight, and I just may try this one this evening. I think I have everything that is called for, and it's too rainy to do the grilling we had planned. Thanks for a great idea!

T~T said...

look delicious!! so lucky you get to meet Kacey! Give her a hug for me!


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