Cream Chicken (Kurča na Smotane)

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Here is a recipe for a very popular Slovak dish, kurča na smotane (chicken on cream). As the name suggests, the main ingredients are heavy cream (smotana) and chicken (kura or kurča for a hen). I ended up buying a smaller chicken, but one that was raised cage free and fed organic diet. This chicken was more expensive than the “regular” chicken, but I find it quite hard to justify paying less per pound for a chicken than for apples (99 cents for the regular chicken vs. some $1.50 for the cheapest apples!). It doesn’t speak too highly of the way those chickens are raised and fed…

Ingredients: one whole chicken, 1 onion, 1 tablespoon paprika, one bay leaf, 1 pint heavy cream, flour, salt, oil, pasta (shells or macaroni)
Prep Time: about one hour

ingredients for cream chicken recipe
Here are the ingredients you will need. Besides the chicken and cream, you will also need an onion, spices and some pasta for the side.

frying onion on oil chicken in a pot with paprika and spices
Chop up the onion pretty fine and stir on a medium-hot oil until it turns golden and transparent. In the mean time, wash the chicken and cut it into major pieces, such as legs, wings, and few cuts of the breast meat. Add to the pot. Also add one teaspoon of paprika, salt, and one bay leaf. Cover with water. I used approximately 12 oz.

chicken stewing in a pot cooked chicken
Stir and mix well and then cover. Reduce heat once the water comes to a boil. Continue stewing for about 45 minutes. In the mean time, I used the leftover bones and the giblets to make a delicious chicken soup. I also fried few pieces of the chicken skin for a tasty snack.

chicken sauce ready and chicken removed from the pot flour in cream
When the chicken is ready (after about 45 minutes), boil salted water and cook the noodles. Then remove the meat and set aside. This is optional, but if you have a blender, carefully blend the hot liquid for a smoother sauce. Then dissolve a heaping tablespoon of flour into the cream. Stir into the sauce.

cream for chicken on cream chicken on cream dish kurca na smotane
Bring the sauce back to a boil and then add the chicken back to warm it up. If the sauce is too thin, you can thicken it by adding more flour or Wondra. And if it is too thick, you can thin the sauce by adding milk. Serve over pasta. Enjoy!