Chicken Paprikash (paprikás csirke in Hungarian) is a dish with no "official" recipe. It has many variations. Almost everyone prepares it differently, yet it’s a classic Hungarian dish. Here is a popular way of preparing chicken parikash.
4 ½ pounds chicken
2 tablespoons of oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 fresh, medium tomato
1 cup of green pepper
2 ½ teaspoons of Hungarian paprika
¼ cup of flour
1 ¼ cups of sour cream
plus: 4 cups of flour, 1 large egg, salt, 2 tablespoons oil for the 'Galushka' dumplings
Fry the onions to a light yellow color. Lower the heat, add the paprika and stir it rapidly (so the paprika doesn't burn). Add the meat and add salt. When the meat is well browned, add a small amount of water (or stock), spices and herbs (some people add marjoram, caraway seeds and some 'Vegeta', which is a mixture of various herbs and vegetables). Add the cubed green peppers and tomato. Cover the pot, let it simmer, and stir occasionally adding more water if necessary, but do not boil the meat.
When the meat is tender (about 1.5 - 2 hours), mix the flour and the sour cream and add the mixture to the pot to thicken the gravy. Instead of stirring it, shake the pot side-to-side to, so you don't brake the meat.
Serve it with small ‘Galushka' dumplings.
To make the 'Galushka' you need a special dumpling-cutting-utensil with holes to produce the small dumplings. Put the flour into a large bowl. Make a hollow in the middle and crack the egg into the hollow. Add salt and water in small portions while you beat the flour, egg and water into a semi-soft dough. Boil salted water in a large pot and cut the dumplings into the boiling water using the special utensil. If you don't have a 'dumpling-cutting-utensil' you can also use a chopping board and a knife to slice small pieces of dumplings into the boiling water. The ‘Galushka' is cooked when it risis to the surface (in about 3 – 5 minutes). In Hungary, these small 'Galushka' dumplings are prepared with all types of 'Paprikash' and stews.
When in Budapest, you can take a Hungarian cooking class and learn how to cook Chicken Paprikash along with many other Hungarian dishes. It’s a fun way to meet new people.
Bon appétit! (Jó étvágyat!)