Monday, July 28, 2014

Chicken Paprikash (Secret Recipe Club)

Secret Recipe Club time! This month I was assigned Loving Life by Kirstin. Kirstin is a mum of 2 teenage daughters and blogs about her everyday life and all the delicious food she makes for her family. She has lots of great recipes to choose from and there were 3 which really caught my eye - the Texas Caviar, Candied Spiced Chickpeas and the Watermelon Cake.

But, there was one which I simply couldn't go past - Chicken Paprikash. Does anyone else remember that scene from When Harry Met Sally? 'Waiter there is too much pepper on my paprikash'. You can find it here if you have no idea what I'm talking about!

So Chicken Paprikash is essentially a Hungarian chicken soup flavoured with paprika. Or it's supposed to be. Mine turned out more like an Hungarian inspired chicken and dumplings! Even if it didn't turn out quite like it was supposed to (make sure you visit Kirstin's blog for a way more attractive photo of this dish) it was absolutely delicious. Really hearty and warming and perfect for the the chilly Winter weather we've been having here. I served it with a dollop of sour cream for the rest of the family.

Please don't be put off by this photo, it tastes WAY better than it looks here!!

So I'm not sure if I actually did something wrong or there was a mistake in the original recipe but there really wasn't enough liquid to make this a soup, even when I doubled it. I wanted to message Kirstin to ask her but then my recipe wouldn't have been secret any more! Either way, it was totally delicious and well worth making.

Paprikash inspired Chicken and Dumplings
Recipe adapted from Loving Life

1 onion, finely diced
1 clove garlic
1 kg chicken thigh fillets, each cut into 6 pieces
2 tbs Sweet Hungarian paprika
2 cups water
2 cups chicken broth/stock
1 tbs olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Add the oil to a large pot over medium heat and fry the onion until it starts to soften before adding the garlic and cooking for another minute or so. Add the cut up chicken and fry until brown. Add the paprika, water and stock and simmer for 1 to 1 ½ hours.

To thicken the soup (which I completely forgot to do):

1 tbs cornflour or arrowroot flour
2 tbs milk

Mix together the cornflour and milk in a small bowl and once combined, add in a small amount of the hot soup and stir until blended. Return the mixture to the pot and stir well. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the dumplings (if not already there).

To make the dumplings:

2 cups plain flour (I used spelt flour)
2 ts baking powder
2 eggs
2/3 cup milk (I used rice milk)
Pinch salt

Mix the dumpling ingredients together in a medium bowl and then drop by tablespoonfuls either directly into the soup or in a pot of gently boiling water. Simmer until the dumplings float.

Serves 6.

Thanks for a great recipe Kirstin!

Secret Recipe Club


  1. Yum, this sounds great! Did you buy special Hungarian paprika for the recipe? I just bought some bittersweet smoked Spanish paprika, and I wonder if it would also work for something like this.

    1. Hi Rebecca, yes I bought the sweet Hungarian paprika especially for this. I think the smoked one might be a little too strong? Or maybe a combination of both would be good!

  2. Goodness, that looks so good - paprika is one of my favourite seasonings, and this would be perfect for our wintery evenings on this side of the Tasman too. I actually wouldn't mind this being slightly more stew-like than soup-like - that would suit me down to the ground, and I'm totally loving the dumplings on top.

    1. Hi Sue we loved it as a stew and will make it again just the same way! The dumplings really make it :)

  3. Love Chicken Paprikash, one of my favorite dishes ever! Great choice, and the dumplings... WOW!

  4. Well I think it looks delicious.....and I love the reference to When Harry met Sally, one of my favorite films.

  5. I love paprika so I know I'd love this recipe! Don't fret over your photo. I think it looks yummy!
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen

  6. It looks delicious, either way! I love chicken paprikash. Excellent choice this month :)

  7. Glad you tried this....hmmmm...I'll have to check the recipe for sure to see if I have some ingredients wrong...Yours looks good and I think it's one of those recipes that really can be good no matter what it looks :) I grew up eating it a lot! And there have been times I've wanted to email my secret blog to ask a question but couldn't figure out how to do it without being figured out...

    1. Thanks Kirstin! We loved it even if it wasn't quite like the original :)

  8. That looks great! I am always looking for new chicken dishs. Great SRC pick!

  9. I love sweet Hungarian paprika! It has such a wonderful full flavor. And this dish feels so comforting. What a wonderful pick this month!

  10. Haha! Hungarian chicken n dumplings sounds amazing to me!! I love buying fancy paprikas... SO much more flavor than regular generic paprika. Yum!

  11. This looks like a fabulous dinner. We do enjoy a good dish with paprika. Great SRC pick!

  12. Sounds yummy! I do remember the scene in the movie!

  13. These chicken and dumplings (even if they didn't turn out exactly) look and sound fantastic. Great SRC post!

  14. Sounds delicious! Would be a great comfort food.

  15. Yumm! What a great SRC pick this month - looks comfy and tasty!!


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