Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Paprika Chicken with Creamy Sauce


I realize it's only been a few days but I have missed blogging! Especially taking pictures of the food. I'm happy to be back!

Anyway, I pulled out a vintage cookbook today that my mom gave me. I flipped to the back and looked for the chicken section and my eyes immediately went to the paprika chicken recipe. When I saw that it also had a sauce I was sold. It was a big hit and I'm pretty sure my husband was sad that we didn't have leftovers, so I'm sure I'll be making this again soon. I followed the directions almost exactly as written (other than the paprika, the extra herbs, spices, and lemon juice are my own additions), but I might change something next time around. I notice this in a lot of vintage recipes for some reason, but the chicken was cooked until crispy and then cooked through with the sauce. This means that the crispy crust isn't THAT crispy anymore. It didn't bother me any but you might want to pound the chicken breasts thin and cook them through, remove from heat, finish the sauce and then serve. I'm still undecided, but I might try it next time.

Farm Journal's Country Cookbook, 1959

And Christmas was great. We ate, slept in, ate some more, opened gifts, ate, napped, snacked..... Yeah, the baby weight that I'm trying to lose is never going to leave after this holiday. Yikes. And I received a mini muffin pan so naturally I'll be making mini muffins soon.... double yikes. Oh, and a donut pan..... yeah.... I just gained weight thinking about all of the baking in my future. :)

Ok, list time. 

Christmas highlights:
  1. Giving my toddler Mimi a giant princess castle with all of the princesses.
  2. Seeing my 2-month-old Emmett laugh and giggle over a Thomas the Train doll.
  3. Hearing Mimi say, "Look! A twee!" when we put our little twee (tree) up.
  4. Making spritz cookies and watching Mimi decorate them.
  5. Eating breakfast at my parent's house.
  6. Watching "The Year Without a Santa Claus" more times than I care to admit.
  7. Burning my bread... ok, not a positive highlight but definitely something I'll remember for a while.
  8. Seeing Mimi jumping and laughing with her cousins. Not just any jumping and laughing but really getting involved and playing. She's really growing up fast.
  9. Shrimp cocktail -- enough said.
  10. Making spaghetti, meatballs, and garlic bread the night before Christmas eve. I think we have a new tradition.
I hope everyone had a nice holiday. I'm looking forward to the New Year, although I need to come up with some resolutions. :)

Paprika and flour
Chop the onions
Garlic... mmm...
Add the chicken to the sauce
Add the cilantro 
Plate it, drool at it, take a picture even though the family is starving :)

Paprika Chicken with Creamy Sauce
Serving Size = 2
Adapted From: Farm Journal's Country Cookbook, Nell B. Nichols, 1959
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup of flour (roughly)
  • 1/2 tablespoon paprika (I used sweet paprika. Make sure you use high quality)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Salt (about 1 teaspoon)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock, or water
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (could just add 1/2 - 3/4 cup sour cream, but I only had 1/4 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  1. In a large pan, add some oil (I used EVOO) and set to medium heat.
  2. Mix together the flour, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and cayenne pepper. Reserve 1 1/2 tablespoons of the flour mixture. Coat the chicken in the flour mixture and add to the hot pan. Cook a few minutes on each side to create a brown crust. Remove to a plate.
  3. Add the onion to the pan and cook until soft. Add the garlic and cook another minute or two until fragrant, remove to a plate.
  4. Turn the heat down to medium low and add 2 tablespoons of butter to the pan. Once melted, add the reserved flour mixture and stir, gently cooking the flour for a few minutes. Add the chicken stock and stir well. Bring the mixture to a simmer and add the onions and chicken back in. Simmer very gently for about 30 minutes, until the chicken is cooked and tender.
  5. Remove the chicken and finish the sauce. Make sure the heat is low and add the heavy cream, sour cream, lemon juice, and cilantro (and some black pepper). Stir well and taste.
  6. I served mine over potato cauliflower mash.

21 comments:

Alea Milham said...

Mmmmm, this looks so hearty and satsifying! Thanks for sharing this recipe with the Hearth and Soul Hop.

It sounds like you had a fun Christmas with family! Andrew kept "decorating the tree" through out the entire month. He even put the tags from produce on the tree. It is amazing how festive Brussel Sprout tags can look. :) Wishing you continued joy in 2012!

Swathi said...

Delicious chicken love that creamy sauce, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop. Hope you had a wonderful christmas and wish you happy holidays.

Jill@ RealFoodForager.com said...

Thanks for linking your great post to FAT TUESDAY. This was very interesting! Hope to see you next week!

Be sure to visit RealFoodForager.com on Sunday for Sunday Snippets – your post from Fat Tuesday may be featured there!

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Treat and Trick said...

So creamy and yummy! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your lovely comment on my site...

France@beyondthepeel said...

Wow this looks great. Paprika is one of my favorite spices and so under utilized for the most part. We'll have o give this a try. The cream sauce looks delicious!

June Scott said...

Just got a new jar of top quality paprika from Penzey's and was looking for a yummy recipe to use it with... Looks like I found it! Thanks for sharing, Elsa!

Heather @ girlichef.com said...

This chicken looks fantastic...the sauce is just heavenly! Glad you had a good Christmas...and I wish you a happy new year! =)

April @ The 21st Century Housewife said...

It sounds like you had a lovely Christmas! I really like this recipe. With all those wonderful flavours it is a real classic. Thank you for sharing it with the Hearth and Soul hop, and Happy New Year!

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