Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Paprika Chicken

Sometimes the simplest recipes surprise you.  I did not expect a recipe from Pampered Chef could be clean.  Not to say anything bad about PC, they've been great for me.  It's just that recipes that are advertised as quick or easy and usually involve very little cooking, usually means a lot of premade this and that mixed together in a very high sodium / low health combo.  Convenience comes at a price, ya know?  I guess that is what I was expecting?  A just add condensed soup and go kind of meal.

What I got, was anything but.  What I got was a very tasty, healthy, Clean Eating-style meal that really did come in at under 29 minutes. My one concession from their recipe is I skipped on the egg noodles.  I was having pasta in another meal very close to this one, so I didn't need the double-dose of whole wheat noodles.  What you choose to do, is up to you.  Their recipe calls for this meal to be served over a bed of boiled egg noodles (8 oz uncooked).

Paprika Chicken
Makes: 4 servings

8 oz green beans
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
1 Tbsp paprika
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cayenne flakes (optional)
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
8 oz sliced mushrooms
1 medium onion, chopped
2 tsp cooking oil, divided
2 Tbsp fresh dill, optional
8 oz uncooked egg noodles, optional

Cook egg noodles according to package directions, if using.  Add green beans to last 2 minutes of cooking time.  Drain, reserving 3/4 cup of cooking water.  Set noodles and beans aside.

Heat skillet over medium-high heat and warm 1 tsp oil.  Dice chicken into 1-inch pieces; sprinkle with salt, pepper, paprika and cayenne and cook in skillet 5-7 minutes until centres of chicken are no longer pink stirring occasionally.  Set aside.

Heat remaining 1 tsp oil in skillet.  Cook onion and mushrooms over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until golden brown.  Add chicken to skillet with remaining cooking water from beans and noodles.  Stir up browned bits from bottom of skillet.  Cook and stir 2-3 minutes or until sauce is thickened and chicken is heated through.

Divide into 4 servings.  Serve garnished with dill, if using.

Source: The Pampered Chef, 29 Minutes to Dinner.

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