Deb Crane Recipe

Hungarian Chicken Paprikash*Chicken and dumplings

By Deb Crane songchef


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Stove Top
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This is my Grandmothers version of Hungarian Chicken Paprikash.
If there is food served in Heaven, I am sure this is on the menu! My Grandmother was the best cook ever. She would have this hardy dish ready and we could hardly wait! Now I serve it to my Grandchildren, and they love it as well! Down home pure comfort food.

Ingredients

3 Tbsp
vegetable oil
1
vadalia onion, chopped
1
whole cut up chicken (skin in tact)
2 Tbsp
sweet paprika
3
chicken bullion cubes (or more to taste) 1 per cup of water added)
ADD LATER TO BROTH:
1 pt
sour cream
1/2 pt
water
4 Tbsp
flour (or more to thicken if you like)
3 tsp
lawrey's seasoning salt (optional, but adds flavor!)
FOR THE DUMPLINGS:
4
eggs
3 c
water
6 c
all purpose flour
1 tsp
salt

Directions Step-By-Step

1
If you have a pressure cooker, use it. If you dont, a regular big old pot will work just as well.
Place the oil and chopped onion in a big pot. Cook over medium/high heat until translucent.(you dont want them brown, just tender) Take off heat. Add the Paprika.Mix it well.
Put chicken parts in the pot and brown slightly with the onion/paprika mixture.(do it in batches if you have to and add additional oil in small amounts if needed)
NOTE: I buy a whole chicken and cut it up myself. Make sure the chicken pieces you use are whole with the skin in tact. It adds to the flavor)
Add water to almost cover chicken. Bring to a boil, and add chicken bullion cubes ( a good rule is 1 cube for every one cup of water...just eyeball it. Also add the Lawry's seasoning salt (if available) Not necessary,but to me, is the secret ingredient Grandma didnt tell us about, until we saw her add it one day! ;)
Cover and simmer for 25 minutes with a regular pot, or about 15-20 minutes with a pressure cooker.
2
While the chicken is simmering,Mix the sour cream,water and flour together with a hand mixer or a Kitchen-aid mixer. Whip it very smooth and set aside.
3
When the chicken is done,remove the chicken pieces to a colander to cool.

Slowly add the sour cream mixture a little bit at a time to the broth, stirring constantly to incorporate into the broth.

OPTIONAL: You can de-bone the chicken, or leave the pieces in tack. I spoil everyone and skin and de-bone it and add it back to the sauce.Grandma always served the chicken pieces separate on a dish and whole. It is up to you how you like it. I always just went for the sauce over dumplings when I was a kid! ;)
4
FOR THE DUMPLINGS:
Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

In a mixer combine eggs,water and flour and salt. Mix together to form a soupy dough.
When water is boiling, scrape the dough into the water a spoonful at a time. This is easier if you dip the spoon onto the boiling water,so the dough will not stick to the spoon.
After you scrape the dough into the boiling water, they should cook for about 7 minutes. When they rise to the surface, they are done.
Drain and rinse.
It makes alot of dumplings! But that is ok, they will be gone in no time!
5
Serve up a big helping of dumplings, and pour sauce over them. Serve with the whole chicken pieces, or if you de-bone it, it will be placed in the sauce.
6
One of my favorite childhood memories is triggered when I make this recipe. All of my senses come alive....truly a wonderful comforting food!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Hungarian
Other Tag: For Kids

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164 Comments

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Deb Crane songchef
Apr 2, 2015
Seriously good stuff. :)
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Sue Davis Sue_Davis
Apr 2, 2015
We called the dumplings spaetzle.....or knuckles...............everyone loves them.....so have to make a lot with "Bobergosh" what we called it "Paprika Chicken"..............My Grandma made the best! We all make it now............we love it! She was from Hungary to! Best cook ever!!
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Deb Crane songchef
Mar 27, 2015
Hi Marianne!
I grew up on this as well. Family recipe that to this day is requested. If it were up to my Grand babies, they would have this weekly! :)
I also have heard Haluski, but my Dad (Hungarian) had said that was the dumplings and cabbage dish, or sometimes with cottage cheese (?) Huluska: I do have that one posted as well.
Potato Dumplings and Cabbage / Hungarian Haluska

Such good humble food! And seems to be enjoyed by many generations, and many more to come ( I hope) :)
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Marianne Corriere Marianne_Corriere
Mar 27, 2015
Just wanted to say I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the picture. I grew up on this! My mom's parents were Czech immigrants and this was my grandmother's recipe. I never met anyone else who ever heard of this! Someone may already have mentioned this, but the dumplings are called haluski. This is my youngest son's favorite dish and always requested it for his birthday. I'm thrilled to have found this recipe is alive and well!
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Deb Crane songchef
Feb 2, 2015
Awesome Juliann! I will have to take a peek at the spaetzle maker. Grandma always just used a plate and scraped the dough into the water that way. I do like kitchen gadgets! :)