A New Kind of Chicken Noodle


 (Courtesy Catherine McCord)

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With school and busy schedules revving up again, the need for fast dinners that you can pull off and everyone will love is even greater. I get tons of requests for recipes from readers every week — but for some reason, one that I’ve been getting a lot of demand for lately is chicken paprikash.Often you’ll find recipes for this classic Hungarian dish swimming in a heavy cream sauce, but by adding just a little more sherry wine than most recipes normally call for and then boiling it down until the sauce starts to thicken, a dollop of sour cream is all you need to make a healthier version.

And while this dish may seem too fancy to be fast and easy, trust me, it is.

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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cups mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon paprika powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 pound chicken breast or tenders, rinsed and cubed into bite-sized pieces
  • 3/4 cup Sherry wine
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup low-fat sour cream


Step 1:

  • Heat oil in a medium-size saute pan over medium heat and saute onions for three minutes.

Step 2:

  • Add mushroom, garlic, paprika and salt, and continue to saute for three more minutes.

Step 4:

  • Add the cubed chicken and cook for one minute, stirring occasionally.

Step 5:

  • Add the sherry and water. Bring liquid to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes until the liquid has been reduced by half.

Step 6:

  • Turn heat off, add the sour cream and stir to combine.

Step 7:

  • Serve over pasta or rice.