Jul 16, 2009

Paprika Chicken

When my kids are in school, I usually serve them the "Big Meal" at 4 PM. when they arrive starving from school( they are always starving never just hungry). But now because is summer break the "big meal" gets served at lunch. The dinner is usually a lighter affair.
Paprika chicken is a meal that I grew up with, my mom would make this all the time.
So naturally I continued the tradition, my boys love this dish they ask for it all the time.
I love to make it because is easy and fast.

Ingredients:

10 chicken drumsticks ( or tights )
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tbsp paprika
1 1/2 tsp chives ( you can use dry or fresh, I use dry for the seasoning and garnish with fresh)plus more for garnish ( optional)
1 tbsp italian seasoning
salt and pepper to taste.
1 tsp vegetable soup mix ( like knorr is optional)
1/4 cup warm water
3/4 cup light cream ( optional)



Wash the chicken and place in a large bowl.
In a small bowl mix all the spices.



Sprinkle the seasoning mixture over the chicken drumsticks and toss to coat well. Or you can rub each chicken drumstick separately.
Spray with Pam a large frying pan or pour 1 tbsp of vegetable oil making sure that it covers the bottom of the pan.
Arrange the chicken drumsticks in the frying pan, add the warm water and turn the stove on Hi. The moment the water starts bubbling turn the stove to medium low or in between low and medium low, cover and let cook for 45 to 50 minutes turning the drumsticks occasionally.

There should be enough liquid in the pan for the entire cooking time but if at any time it looks to dry you can add more water ( warm or hot ) to keep it going.
The chicken is done when no longer pink.
When the chicken is done, uncover the pan and raise the temperature to medium high cook the chicken turning every 10 or 25 seconds for about 2 minutes . This process it will help give a nice color all over.

Remove the pan from the stove. Remove the chicken to a dish and cover to keep warm. Return
the pan to the stove on medium low speed and add the cream. Stir and cook for about 5 minutes until the sauce thickens. If you don't have cream, milk will work just fine it it will not thicken like it does with the cream, but if is to soupy you can add 1 tsp of cornstarch diluted in 1 tbsp of water.

The sauce can be poured over the chicken, or instead of gravy over mashed potatoes.
Today I used it for spaghetti.
I cooked the spaghetti according to the package instructions.
Drain the spaghetti and place into a large bowl,add the sauce and toss well.


Serve warm with the chicken.


Enjoy!

17 comments:

Tien said...

This so funny. I just bought some chicken. I have everything so I will try this tonight. Thanks for sharing. -Tien :)

Laura said...

Hi Tien,
I'm glad that you like the recipe. Let ma know how it comes out.

Chow and Chatter said...

looks great simple and tasty great idea to fee kiddies when they first come home Rebecca

Laura said...

Thanks Rebecca, It is simple and tasty, the kids call it
" Sticky Chicken"

Kenny said...

hi laura.
great & easy recipe.iam going to def try this out.btw made coc brownies,they out so good&moist k loved it ,every 5 mintscan i have 1?i shared some with my friend kids they too liked it.
thanks for sharing such good recipes for us.
thanks &tc.
rekha.

Laura said...

Hi Rekha, I'm happy that the brownies turn out great.
You can see that Kenny and Cass are best friends,with:"can I have one?".
I hope he is going to like the chicken too.

Cookin' Canuck said...

This looks so flavorful! It's fun to be able to pass down recipes to your kids. I wonder what smoked paprika would taste like in this recipe. But then again, why mess with a tried-and-true family recipe?

Laura said...

Thanks Cookin' Canuck.It is great passing on recipes.
I'm sure smoked paprika would taste great, my mom used sweet paprika that's what I like to use when I have.

Chow and Chatter said...

By the way I changed my site address to https://chowandchatter.blogspot.com
To match the name ! Love Rebecca

mathildescuisine said...

You spoil us with all your great recipes! I really enjoy each of them

Laura said...

Thanks Mathilde,
I'm glad that you guys like my recipes.

Kelly said...

That is some tasty lookin' chicken! I love the color of the spices, and I love how the pasta is flecked with green! Yum!

Laura said...

thanks Kelly,
Easy and tasty, that's how I like to cook.

MenuManiac said...

This chicken looks so yummy. I love paprika. -http://menumaniac.blogspot.com

Laura said...

Thanks MenuManiac,
I love paprika too.

Joe said...

Hi Laura, do you recommend using chicken breasts for this recipe?

That's the only type of chicken I have in the house today...

Thanks,

J

Laura said...

Hi Joe,
You know what, chicken breast gets really dry when you cook it like this, I wouldn't recommend using it.
Thighs work really well also. You can try it definitely, I did once but I wasn't pleased with the results.

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