Chicken Paprikash (Kurací Paprikáš)

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Ingredients: one whole chicken, half of a small onion, 2 small tomatoes, quarter of green pepper, two cups flour, one cup sour cream, salt, paprika, halušky
Prep Time: about 2 hours

Chicken paprikash is a dish that is not only truly delicious, but is also really cheap to make. I spent 11 dollars (tax included) at my local grocery store for all the ingredients. This total include potatoes for halušky. Flour and paprika were not included in this tally, since I already had these at home. But, these two items added at most another dollar to the total. We ended up with enough food for at least six hearty plates. That’s just two dollars per person! I don’t know about you, but I think this beats any deal you will find on a McDonald’s Dollar menu. Here you have a great home-cooked dinner that will feed a family of four for under ten bucks!

whole chicken chicken with skin pulled off
Take a chicken (sliepka) and cut off / pull off all the skin and fat you can. Don’t throw it out, you will need it!

chopped up chicken fat frying chicken skin and fat
Cut the skin and fat into inch-by-inch (or smaller) pieces. Fry them for about 10 minutes until the skin starts getting crispy.

frying onion
Dice half a small onion (cibuľa) and add to the pot.

cubed chicken frying chicken meat
Cube the meat (mäso) and add to the pot.

tablespoon of paprika getting ready to simmer paprikash
Add one tablespoon of paprika and enough hot water to cover the concoction.

paprikash simmering
Let simmer for about an hour, adding more water as needed.

tomato and pepper paprikash cooking with tomato and pepper
Chop up two small Roma tomatoes (paradajky) and quarter of a green pepper (zelená paprika). Add to the pot. Let simmer for another 20 minutes or so until everything is nice and tender. While the vegetables are simmering, start preparing halušky.

ingredients for paprikash sauce paprikash sauce
Combine 2 cups of flour (múka) and 1 cup of sour cream (kyslá smotana). Mix well until you get a mixture resembling yogurt.

paprikash with cream sauce
Add the cream to the pot, one wooden spoon at a time. Cook until everything dissolves. The resulting mixture should not be too watery. Just like any other sauce.

paprikash with potato dumplings (halusky) chicken paprikash with potato dumplings (halusky)
Serve with halušky. Stir together before eating. Dobrú chuť!

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