R loves paprika. I am not sure he actually adores the taste, but there was a Curious George episode during which the Man with the Yellow Hat says, "who stole my paprika?" (George had buried it in the yard) and this made R laugh. Since I am always on the lookout for tricks to get R to try new foods, I have taken his interest in paprika and run...
When we make hummus, I always let him pour some paprika on top, which he loves. He will taste some, look at me and declare, "it needs a little bit more paprika." He shakes a teensy-tiny bit more on top and tells me, "now it is perfect."
This recipe is heavy on the paprika, so predictably, R quite liked it. It also tastes like home...it is Eastern European (my mom's heritage) comfort food at its finest. I altered the recipe from an Eatingwell.com version, so its been lightened and created for the slow cooker.
Slow Cooker Chicken Paprikash
3-3 1/2 pounds bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed,
2 tablespoons flour
3/4 teaspoon coarse salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons canola oil
3-4 cups onions, chopped
Pinch of sugar
1 cup diced roasted red bell pepper
1 can (4 oz) tomato paste
2 tablespoons sweet paprika
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
3/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
Pat chicken pieces dry with paper towels and season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper and flour.
Heat oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add the chicken and brown on each side (you may have to do in two batches). Place the chicken in a the slow cooker after it browns.
Add the onions in the skillet and sprinkle with sugar. Cook for a few minutes and then add to the slow cooker. Dice the red pepper and add to the slow cooker.
Mix the broth, tomato paste, paprika, crushed red pepper and parsley in a small bowl, then pour into the slow cooker.
Cook on low for 8-10 hours, high 4-5 hours. Immediately before serving, remove the chicken to a platter, add the sour cream and stir.
Serve over egg noodles.
This recipe is a definite make-again for us...