Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Pileci Paprikas`

This is a recipe of my good friends mother, they lived in the western part of Croatia until the late 50, then came to Germany because they were of German decent. His mother loved this recipe and today he showed us how to make it.
The best thing is, except the chicken and the paprika sausage  all other ingredients came from their own garden.

It is a very slow cooked dish, the chicken breast stays very moist and all the flavours come together so lovely.

recipe for 6:
3 chicken breasts
200 g dried white beans
1 onion
2 cloves of garlic
salt and pepper
500 ml homemade tomato and paprika sauce
250 ml chicken stock
2 bay leaves
5 stalks of thyme
2 tbsp olive oil

200 g paprika sausage or Chorizo
4 potatoes in small cubes
2 orange bell peppers
100 g sour cream
1/2 cup defrosted peas (optional)

The night before soak the beans in water, in the morning drain and cook in fresh water without salt!
Cut the chicken breast into bite size pieces
Chop onion and garlic and saute them in oil, add the chicken and just let that get colour, but do not cook it through.

Use a big pot with a lid.
Get the chicken stock hot, add the chicken pieces with the onions, the beans, the tomato sauce, bay leaves and thyme and on very low heat - do not bring it to a boil!!! - let it sit for 2 hours.
In a  wide pan in some oil roast the raw potato cubes until done- set aside.
In the same pan, saute the bell pepper pieces - add to the chicken when done.
In the same pan,on medium heat give the paprika sausage a couple of minutes to drain some fat. Add the sausage to the chicken.

Serve in a deep dish either with rice or with bread and a good dollop of sour cream and sprinkle over the potato cubes.

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