This taste test recipe comes from the Venturists, Sean and Jen, at www.venturists.net. The recipe is Chicken Paprikash, a Hungarian comfort-food dish. The very cool thing about this taste test is that I originally tried authentic chicken paprikash in Austria last May, and I fell in love. It was definitely the best meal that I ate in Europe.
Of course I took pics…
I’m telling you, this dish is a religious experience, particularly if you’re eating it in a café just outside of a street market near the Austro-Hungarian border. It is like the pot roast of Hungary. Okay, okay, moving on to the recipe. I came home geeked to find a recipe for this dish because of how much I loved it, and I finally got around to making it. I’ll warn you that this recipe is not a 30 minute dinner. It takes a good hour and a half to accomplish, but it’s SO worth it!
The interesting thing about this recipe is the large amount of paprika in it, giving it its name. Also, by the way, in Hungary they do not say “Pap-RI-ka”. They say “PAP-ri-ka”. Fun facts. I actually had a lady at an open-air market confused because I was saying it incorrectly. I purchased homemade paprika in Budapest while I was there, and it was delicious in this recipe. I’m sure that it would still be very good with the boring ole American paprika.
Another fantastic thing about this recipe is that it is so inexpensive to make! Definitely affordable. We’ll analyze that in a minute. Here is my review…
Time Involved: About 1.5 hours
Ingredients: Easy to find
Ingredient Modifications: I garnished with green onion and asiago cheese, neither of which are traditional to the Hungarian dish, but it tasted fabulous.
Taste: Oh my goodness!!! I loved it. It was almost as perfect as the chicken paprikash that I ate in Austria. (I might just be remembering it as better there because, hey, I was IN Europe.) Ryan was skeptical at first because it was orange and a smell he was not used to. His first bite was followed by 5 more before he finally said how good it was. It was a win all the way around. He asked that we please have it often, so we’re excited for new comfort food that is cheap and easy to make!
Cost: Per amount used
- Vegetable Oil (on hand)
- Flour (on hand)
- Bone-in chicken $2.50 (on sale!!)
- Paprika (About $.25)
- Bell Pepper $.80
- Garlic (on hand)
- Onion $.75
- Tomato Paste $.69
- Chicken Broth (I made it with bullion.) $.05
- Sour Cream $.75
- Green onion $.25
- Total: About $6.04
A $6 dinner is a win in my mind! I made german spaetzle as well because it was served under the paprikash that I had in Europe. Spaetzle is just a curly german noodley dumpling. It has no filling, it’s just like a cool little egg noodle. However, you do need a spaetzle grater to make it. Ryan and I bought ours on Amazon and it gets great use. I make this Taste of Home: Spaetzle recipe once every couple months, and my husband and I love it.
I HIGHLY recommend this meal. The instructions were detailed and everything turned out exactly right. Love it!
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