This meal is both cheap and tasty, and used up lots of bits and pieces I had knocking around in the fridge and freezer. It came about because I had sour cream to use up; seriously, why is it sour cream is only available in big tubs when sometimes all you want is a blob? Anyway, this was what I came up with, and it was a real success. You can make this more fancy by julienning fresh vegetables, but between the unfamiliar snow, the national lockdown and the fact our car is in the garage I am running rather low on fresh veg, so my emergency pack of frozen veg got broken out.
- 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, sliced or in bite-sized chunks
- 4-6 medium sized mushrooms, sliced
- 175 ml sour cream
- 1 tbsp smoked paprika
- Salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste
- Basmati rice or mashed potatoes and vegetables, to serve
- First, prepare your chicken. You can serve the breasts whole, in which case it’ll need longer coking time and would probably benefit from cooking in the oven, but I prefer to cut them up. Firstly it cooks a lot quicker, and somehow it makes the chicken go further. I cut the fillet off, then slice the breast vertically down the middle, so I’ve got 3 pieces around the same width, then I cut them into roughly 1” pieces. Season them with a little salt and pepper.
- Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium-high heat and add a glug of olive oil. Fry the chicken pieces for 8-10 minutes, or until they are browned on the outside and just about cooked all the way through.
- Add the mushrooms and fry them off while the pan is hot, moving them around so both sides colour.
- Turn the heat down a little and stir in the sour cream and smoked paprika, scraping up any bits off the bottom of the pan and mixing any meat juices into the sour cream. Heat it through for a minute or two, then give it a taste; you may need to adjust the seasoning or even add a little more smoked paprika; what you’re looking for is a balance between the smokiness of the paprika and the sourness of the sour cream.
- Serve immediately with basmati rice and mixed frozen vegetables or creamy mashed potato and broccoli, or whatever you have on hand.
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