Hungary’s Paprika and Piri Piri Chicken

Hungary’s Paprika and Piri Piri Chicken

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Piri piri chicken originates from southern Portugal.  Although variations of it abound, the common elements found in most recipes are: hot pepper (piri piri or bird’s eye chili), citrus, oil, and red pepper.  For me, I can’t think of piri piri without paprika.

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I ran across Jamie Oliver’s recipe for piri piri chicken and it was the first time I’d seen a recipe call for so much paprika.  I’ve always had paprika but only used it to dust the tops of deviled eggs.  Now it has a real purpose, piri piri purpose!  

The lights of Budapest

And nobody does paprika like the Hungarians.

Grand Hall Market in Budapest | www.lakesidetable.com
Paprika at the Grand Hall Market – Budapest

When Jerry and I visited Hungary, I was completely unprepared for the grandeur of Budapest.  It began as a Celtic settlement and then grew into a Roman capital around 103 A.D. The Huns came into the area during the 9th century, hence the name Hungary.

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On the medieval east side of the river, Old Pest

In 1241 the Mongols sacked the city and it wasn’t until the 15th century that it flourish once again as a Renaissance cultural center.

Pest of Budapest night time on the Danube | www.lakesidetable.com
Looking at the east side all lit up

Seated directly on the Danube, I was awed by their state buildings.  They are huge and magnificent.  The parliament building was built in 1904 when Hungary was 3 times the size it is now.  Pictures can not do them justice.  To the west, Parliament stands completely lit and reflected in the night’s black water.  To the east, is the cathedral and medieval walls also glowing with golden light.  Spectacular.

Hungary's parliament on the west bank of the Danube, Budapest | www.lakesidetable.com
Hungary’s parliament on the west bank of the Danube.

Well deserved praise

Budapest is cited as being one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.  It also ranks as one of the highest on the EIU’s best quality of life indexes, Conde Naste gives it the #2 spot for “World’s Best City,” and Forbes touts it as Europe’s 7th best place to live.  Believe the hype.  And it’s reflected in the people.  They are absolutely genuine and oh so nice.  

Enjoying the Pest side of Budapest, Hungary | www.lakesidetable.com

You could loose yourself here for days and days.  On one side of the river (old Pest) you wander narrow medieval cobblestone streets.  On the other side (Buda), it’s the height of Victorian architecture and my favorite… The Grand Hall Market.  YES!!!

Grand Hall Market in Budapest | www.lakesidetable.com
The Grand Hall Market – Budapest

Oooooh… Let’s go inside!

Grand Hall Market in Budapest | www.lakesidetable.com
2 levels: lower level food market; upper level home goods
Grand Hall Market in Budapest | www.lakesidetable.com
The produce was a feast for the eyes!
Grand Hall Market in Budapest with poppyseed strudel | www.lakesidetable.com
They take their paprika, poppyseed, and strudel very seriously. I’m eating a strudel with 2″ of poppyseed.  Not too sure about this one.

How to amaze and delight family and friends with Piri Piri

Even though Piri Piri Chicken does not originate from Hungary, I still associate it with this dish.  The paprika turns the sauce a deep crimson that takes me back to the Budapest’s market.  Before it goes into the oven it smells of bright lemons with deep under tones of onion and smokey paprika.

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When it comes out, the onion has mellowed and joined with the paprika and lemon that strikes just the right balance with the basil.  Don’t leave the basil out of this party.  She’s that key component that you don’t really notice unless she’s not there.

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Tip: write this recipe down on a 3×5 card and hide it in the pantry or kitchen drawer.  Make sure your sweetheart or kids are near by so they can see how cool you are.  Start throwing everything into the blender (don’t let them see you use the recipe).  Blitz – Pour – Bake!  Presto!  You are a superstar!!!  Didn’t even need a recipe.  Boo Yah!  Just pulled that one right out of the air.  Oh yeah, you totally rock!

Budapest at night... Jerry and I leaving Budapest in the golden glow of the Parliament- I can't wait to go back! | www.lakesidetable.com
Jerry and I leaving Budapest in the golden glow of the Parliament- I can’t wait to go back!
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Piri Piri Chicken Recipe

Piri Piri Chicken Recipe - Give yourself the night off AND impress your family in this crazy quick and easy flavorful dish. They will love it!

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  • Author: Madalaine
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Category: main dish
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Portuguese

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 large roasted red pepper, quartered
  • 1 medium red onion, quartered
  • 8 basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoon paprika
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 sprigs of thyme

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350
  2. Put the chicken and roasted red peppers in a casserole dish
  3. Put all the other ingredients in a blender, except the thyme.  Blend on high until smooth.
  4. Pour this over the chicken and peppers.  Top with the sprigs of thyme.
  5. Bake for 1 hour or until chicken temperature reads 160 degrees.

Notes

Serve over wild rice, white rice, or cous cous.  A side salad and broccoli go well with this as would a side of ratatouille or braised asparagus with cherry tomatoes and feta cheese.

I’m not big on sweet wines, but they do go very nicely if I’ve gone heavy on the red pepper flakes.  If you like your Piri Piri on the spicy side try a dry Reisling or if it’s not too spicy a Sauvignon Blanc is good with it too.


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