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Monday, March 03, 2008

Food Shouldn't Be This Dangerous

Last night, making dinner almost killed me. Well, not quite, but it was moderately disastrous. So I decided to make this Chicken Goulash with Biscuit Dumplings from this month's Food & Wine. I had all the ingredients and everything, but I completely messed up the timing of the recipe. This led to me trying to chop onions in a hurry. Life lesson: DO NOT chop onions in a hurry. I somehow managed to chop through the side of my thumb so deeply that it went halfway through my fingernail, leading to me having to sit down on the floor to avoid passing out from the sight of all the blood. This was a very Becky thing to do; I'm known for my capacity to hurt myself at any time. Nevertheless, it was still upsetting, and my thumb hurts like a mother.

After I recovered from that trauma and got the dish into the oven, I realized that I had forgotten to place it on a baking sheet. How did I realize this? When I heard the sizzle of bubbling-over sauce hit the bottom of my oven and started to smell my kitchen filling up with smoke. Oops. In addition to a sliced-open thumb I now felt like I was about to burn the house down. What a mess.

Fortunately, the dish was pretty good. This would have been much easier to make if I had had an oven-safe skillet, avoiding the need to transfer the chicken to a casserole dish before putting it into the oven. I wasn't crazy about the recipe calling for chicken thighs; they were a little fatty. What I liked best about this meal were the biscuit dumplings. Mine were slightly under-cooked, though, so make sure you don't take this out of the oven prematurely. Also, put it on a cookie sheet in case it bubbles over. And don't slice your onions in a hurry.

Chicken Goulash with Biscuit Dumplings
serves 4
  • 2 lbs skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • salt and pepper
  • 1-1/2 c. all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 5 Tbsp. cold unsalted butter, cubed, divided
  • 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2-1/2 c. chicken stock or broth, divided
  • 1 c. sour cream, divided
  • 1 large white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. hot paprika
  • 3/4 tsp. caraway seeds
  • 1 tsp. thyme leaves
Preheat the oven to 425. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and dust lightly with flour. In a large, deep skillet, melt 1 Tbsp. of the butter in the olive oil. Add the chicken and cook over high heat, turning once, until browned, about 7 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the chicken to a plate.

Meanwhile, in a food processor, pulse the flour, baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. Pulse in the remaining 4 Tbsp. of butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Whisk 1/2 cup of the stock with 1/2 cup of the sour cream and drizzle over the dry ingredients. Pulse until a dough forms.

Add the onion, bell pepper, and garlic to the skillet and cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 3 minutes. Return the chicken to the skillet. Stir in the paprika and caraway and cook for 30 seconds. Add the remaining 2 cups of chicken stock and 1/2 cup of sour cream and stir until smooth. Add the thyme leaves and bring to a boil.

Scoop twelve 3-Tbsp-size mounds of biscuit dough over the chicken. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake for 20 minutes, until the sauce is bubbling and the biscuits are cooked. Turn on the broiler and broil for 2 minutes, until the biscuits are golden. Serve the goulash in bowls, spooning the biscuits on top.

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Blogger Mansi Desai said...

Hi becky! my first time here:) I'm surprised and happy that you get time to cook and blog even while pursuing law at harvard!!:)

I'm gonna check out your blog a bit more, but just wanted to say that what i see, looks great till now!

5:25 PM  
Blogger Emma said...

1st time visitor here as well! all of your food looks amazing! (and I grew up in Cambridge!)

keep up the amazing cooking and pictures! gosh where do you find the time!

7:53 PM  
Blogger katiez said...

Also, do NOT stab the pit of an avocado with a large butcher knife whilst holding it in your palm... esp. in a hurry.
Just so you know!

4:48 PM  
Blogger Pod said...


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