This is comfort food and so incredibly delicious. My first time to experience this dish I was dating Tony who is now my husband. He prepared this meal and I fell in love. Now, I had to follow him around to finally get this recipe and share it with you. He really is the type of cook to say, "a little of this & a little of that".
This Hungarian dish is so popular in our area that grocery stores carry the Spaetzel dumplings so we don't normally make it. However, I do want to learn. My husband's family all make this dish. His mother, father & sister all have their unique spin on it.
1You will need 4 bowls: Whisk your eggs & milk together and drop your chicken into the egg mixture, then shake of excess and place into the flour mixture w/seasonings. Drudge in the flour and shake of excess flour and place in the empty bowl.
2On medium high heat pour 2 tbsp. of oil and wait till hot. (If you don't wait the chicken will stick to bottom of pan) Fry up the chicken about 5 to 6 minutes on each side. (This is going to simmer in the sauce awhile longer till fully cooked and sauce is ready).
Remove from pan and stick in a 250 degree oven to keep warm and finish cooking. --- This is what my husband does.
3Now, add your 1 1/2 tbsp. flour and slowly add your chicken broth all the while stirring. Then, place your bay leaves in. Make sure you stir enough to incorporate the flour into the mixture. Now, cover and lower heat to a simmer for about 15 minutes.
4Or you can set aside the fried chicken and place into your sauce after it is made letting it simmer with the sauce while it thickens.
5Fry up your noodles in a pan with a little butter or heat your Spaetzel dumplings in hot water. Better yet, make them homemade.
****HEALTHIER VERSION:SERVE OVER BAKED SPAGHETTI SQUASH
6It will turn into a nice thick sauce. Now, stir in the sour cream into the mixture. Add your salt and pepper to taste and you are ready to pour this on top of your dumplings or noodles. You are finished. Enjoy.
7----When my mother in law makes this she adds 1/2 a sliced or chopped onion to the mixture. I think this gives even more flavor and should be added; however, this is my husband's recipe and he hates onions so you won't see them in any of his ingredients. lol
8January 18th, 2014 --- I decided to use chicken tenderloins and see how it worked out. Now you can let the chicken simmer along with the sauce but you may loose some of the breading on the chicken. It really is a preference whether you want the breading perfectly on the chicken then fry them up and place them in the oven to stay warm while you make the sauce. Pour your sauce over hot spaetzel and add your chicken on top. If your in a hurry and don't care then you can cook your chicken up in the sauce.
9October 12, 2014 -- Tony decided to make us some paprikash tonight...It's been awhile so it's always a treat to have.
10December 20th, 2014 --- dinner with friends and family my husband doubled up the recipe and made enough for 8 of us.
11April 14th, 2016 --- Had my parents over for dinner and served this up two ways. Some had it over spaetzel and others baked spaghetti squash.