My Semi-Primal Husband is 1/2 Hungarian (other 1/2 is Finnish) and grew up eating Chicken Paprikash that is a traditional Hungarian meal. It was homemade with love by his Mom and Grandma who are amazing cooks. The traditional recipe calls for cream/sour cream and flour to thicken the sauce. I’m pretty sure that it’s usually cooked in butter and served on noodles. I wanted to see how it would turn out if I swapped the cream and flour for coconut milk and coconut flour. It turned out really well and it’s a super-simple recipe that requires little prep and ingredients. The only Hungarian vegetable I could think of was Cabbage and I didn’t have any on hand, so I paired it with some spicy basil broccoli – not the ideal combination of tastes, but I made it work.
Ingredients (serves 2-3)
– 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts – cut into 1/2 inch strips
– 2 small onions – chopped
– 1 red bell pepper – cut into strips
– 1 Tbsp chopped garlic
– 1 Tbsp olive oil
– 3 tsp Paprika
– 3 Tbsp coconut milk (I used the cream part of the coconut milk from the can – if you don’t shake the can before you open it, usually the coconut cream is settled at the top and you can get a thicker sauce by just using this portion)
– 1 Tbsp coconut flour
– 1 Cup chicken broth
- Heat 1/2 of olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook for about 5 minutes until there is no more pink. Then remove and set aside.
- In the same skillet, add the rest of the olive oil. Add onions, garlic and paprika. Cook for about 3-5 minutes until onions have softened
- Add coconut flour and broth. Stir it around and bring it to a simmer.
- Add the bell pepper. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the peppers are softened. About 5 min.
- Add back the chicken and coconut milk. Continue to cook and stir until chicken is fully cooked and sauce is creamy. About 2 minutes.
For the broccoli, I steamed 2 big bunches until it was 90% cooked and then added it to a wok with 2 tsp of olive oil, 2 tsp red chili pepper paste, 1 Tbsp garlic and 2 Tbsp fresh chopped basil. Stir fry it around for about 3-4 minutes until the broccoli is fully cooked.
Semi-Primal Husband loved the broccoli! He also liked the Paprikash, but I told him not to give me a testimonial this time because of the conflict of interest with his grandma:)