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Friday, March 2, 2012

CHICKEN PAPRIKAS WITH NYOKODLI (dumplings) - Ilona Borodics Medina


For Paprikas……..
  • 4 Boneless chicken breasts
  • Corn oil
  • 1 small green pepper (chopped)
  • 1 small onion (chopped fine)
  • 1 tomato (chopped)
  • 1 small can tomato sauce
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp garlic powder (not garlic salt)
  • 1 tbsp red paprika (not hot paprika)
  • ½ cup water (approx.)
  • ½ cup sour cream (optional)
  • To cook use a non-stick stock pot with lid

For Nyokodli (Dumplings)
  • 2 cups flour (not self rising)
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp garlic
  • 1 cup water (approximate)
  • Large bowl
  • Large Colander
  • Cutting board & small knife
To cook use a large pot of boiling water

To cook Parikas….Line pot with oil, heat on medium, and add pepper, onion, and tomato – sauté – stir several times. Add chicken in pot and brown on both sides. Lower heat and add only ½ a can of tomato sauce, stir, then add ½ cup of water or enough to cover chicken. Add salt, pepper, garlic and put paprika on top. Lower heat to a simmer and cook for 1-1/2 hrs., till chicken is fork tender. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking, sauce will thicken. You can add sour cream about 5 minutes before Paprikas is done. Just stir it in and heat a bit. Set aside and make the nyokodlis….

To cook Nyokodli(dumplings)…..Fill large pot with water ¾ full. While waiting for the water to boil…..put flour into bowl, then egg, salt and garlic. Pour some water in and start mixing the flour mixture. Keep adding water in until the mixture is a thin paste, not runny. When water boils in pot……spoon out a glob of the flour mixture on the cutting board (about the size of a fist). Keep the water heat on high – it will stop boiling as you start adding the nyokodlis. Slice off little pieces of the flour mixture with a knife and push into the boiling water (about ½” to 3/4” or in size). Repeat this again until all the flour mixture is in the pot. The nyokodlis rise to the top immediately, this means they are done, they cook instantly. Drain immediately. The starch will stick to them when you drain – stir them to get starch off – rinse off the starch with warm water.

To serve……….Spoon a portion of the Nyokodli onto a plate, then spoon the Paprikas sauce over it, then add a piece of chicken. I usually serve it with a Hungarian cucumber salad - just sliced cucumbers, with vinegar, sugar, garlic, paprika and water, served ice cold (tastes sweet & sour). Enjoy!!!!

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