Other soup posts: French Onion with Braised Short Ribs, Apple Cheddar with Bacon, Silken Gazpacho.

I’m hitting the point in this theme week where my jumble of photos and recipes require a little more digging. I couldn’t for the life of me remember that this recipe came from a somewhat recent issue of Food & Wine. It’s an older recipe that was reprinted in a best-ever issue. I’ve been trying to jog my memory about it for months, which is why it’s been languishing in my photo archives since I made it in May. Mommy brain is real, and it never, ever goes away.

Anyway, the point is this was delicious enough to spend months hunting it down. Big flavor in less than an hour, which is pretty much all anyone can ask for in a weeknight dinner. We’re developing a bit of a dumpling obsession around here.

Chicken Goulash with Biscuit Topping (original recipe from Grace Parisi here)

2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 2-inch pieces (I once again used breasts here. One day I will swap out thighs and see if Adam even notices).
Freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
5 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 1/2 cups chicken stock or low-sodium broth
1 cup sour cream
1 large white onion, finely chopped
1 red bell pepper, finely diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons hot Hungarian paprika
3/4 teaspoon caraway seeds
1 teaspoon thyme leaves

Preheat the oven to 425°. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and dust lightly with flour. In a deep skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in the olive oil. Add the chicken and cook over high heat, turning once, until browned on both sides, 7 minutes.


Using a slotted spoon, transfer the chicken to a plate.

Meanwhile, in a food processor, pulse the 1 1/2 cups of flour with the baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. Pulse in the remaining 4 tablespoons 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, 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 and bring to a boil.

Scoop twelve 3-tablespoon-size mounds of biscuit dough over the chicken.


Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake for about 20 minutes, until the sauce is bubbling and the biscuits are cooked. Turn on the broiler and broil for about 2 minutes, until the biscuits are golden. Serve the goulash in bowls, spooning the biscuits on top.