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Pulled Chicken Goulash



Well, ladies and gentlemen, it's official: I've graduated from college! I'm done! It's amazing. I can hardly believe it myself. I don't think that it will really hit me until January when most people I know are going back to school and I'm not. Yesterday, I even read a book that I actually wanted to read, not something that I was going to be tested on or have to write a paper on. Thanks to everyone for their well wishes and whatnot. Now all I have to do is get married in three weeks!

I made this goulash when I was still working my way through school (many moons ago). Crock pot recipes are a life saver, aren't they? Goulash is traditionally more of a stew, with potatoes and other vegetables, but this pulled version soaks up a bit more of the broth that's created by cooking. It can be eaten alone or with a big piece of crusty bread. The original recipe I saw for this was made with pork (which I've done since I've made this chicken goulash and it was excellent), but I had chicken, so that's what I used. This goulash is absolutely mouthwatering. The combination of red onions, garlic, and chile peppers with the chicken are to die for, and a sort of broth forms from the juices of the chicken, vegetables, red wine vinegar, and brown sugar. Kramer actually called me when I was at work to tell me how good it was, and we ate it for a few days afterward as leftovers; it really just gets better and better. This is a great way to change up what you normally make in the crock pot, so go for it! Recipe after the cut or on my blog at The Crepes of Wrath.





Heat some olive oil in a medium frying pan, brown the onions a bit, and add them to the crock pot with the chicken.


In the same pan, heat a bit more olive oil, then saute the bell pepper, chile peppers, and garlic until the garlic is fragrant and lightly golden. Add them to the crock pot.


In the crock pot with the chicken, onions, bell pepper, chile peppers, and garlic, add the paprika, the tomatoes, the red wine vinegar, the brown sugar, salt, and pepper.


Turn the crock pot on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 4-5 hours. When it's ready, it should pull apart very easily with two forks.


Serve in a bowl on its own, with some sour cream, or with a big piece of crusty bread.

Pulled Chicken Goulash
adapted from Dinner with Julie

2 pounds chicken breasts
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large purple onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
2-3 hot chile peppers, seeded and minced (I used 3 habenero peppers, and it didn't taste too hot at all, but I like things spicy)
3 large cloves garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 19 oz. (598 mL) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
sour cream or crusty bread, for serving (optional)

1. Place the chicken in the crock pot. Heat a teaspoon or two of oil in a medium frying pan. Add the onions to the pan and cook until they start to turn brown, then add them to the crock pot. Add some more olive oil if needed to the pan, then add the bell pepper, chile peppers, and garlic. Add them to the chicken and onions, and then add the paprika, tomatoes, red wine vinegar, brown sugar, salt and pepper.

2. Turn the crock pot on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours. The chicken is ready when it's pulled apart fairly easily with two forks. Serve on its own or with crusty bread. Serves 4-5.

*If you'd like, you can always just throw everything in the crock pot without having to cook anything on the stove, I just feel it adds a bit more flavor to the whole dish when you do.

from The Crepes of Wrath

Comments

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hostilemakeover
Dec. 12th, 2009 10:00 pm (UTC)
This looks delicious, and just the right thing for a snowy day! Just finished putting it together. Thanks for the great idea. :)
katinthahat
Dec. 13th, 2009 12:22 am (UTC)
ugh, times like these i wish i had a slow cooker!!!
mach2kudou
Dec. 13th, 2009 04:19 am (UTC)
Congrats! I graduated too!
absolution
Dec. 13th, 2009 09:49 pm (UTC)
I woke up fretting about dinner tonight--we have almost nothing left to eat in the house except a ton of chicken breasts, the basic root aromatics and spices I always have on hand, canned and basic dry goods like yes sugar, one sad last little red bell pepper all alone in the fridge, ha, and two chiles equally lonely. We've been unusually lazy about grocery shopping because of finals and the cold dark weather, so we've even run out of pasta, rice, potatoes, BREAD, cheese, just the most basic stuff like that! I was really wondering what I was going to do. My car's been in the shop and my husband doesn't get home til so late he's too ravenous to be going to the store and then waiting for me to make stuff with what he gets. On top of all of that, I really had too much to do during the day today to be cooking intensively.

Well, with all of that in mind I happened to surf my friends page in bed thanks to my iPod, and totally prepped this like immediately after seeing it. I used smoky Muir Glen tomatoes (my favorite!) and shallots because I didn't have red onion on hand. Perfect timing too--put it in the pot at exactly the right time for it to be going off the moment my dude gets home. It smells so divine. Thank you very much for some perfect timing, and congratulations on graduating! :D I found it brought with it some very overwhelming emotions at first...
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