Houdini’s Favorite Chicken


If you would like a dish so delicious it will disappear like magic, then give this a try.

This recipe was a favorite of the great Houdini.

Chicken Paprika
2-1/2-pound chicken, cut in pieces
3 medium onions, chopped
2 T. olive oil
4 T. margarine
1 cup flour
1 2# can chopped tomatoes, liquid included
½ cup white wine
1-1/2 tsp. paprika
½ tsp sugar
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. black pepper
¼ tsp. garlic powder
¼ tsp. basil

In a large skillet, sauté onions in 2 Tablespoons margarine until golden; set aside.

Add remaining margarine and olive oil to skillet, and then stir in paprika and sugar.

Place salt, pepper, garlic, basil and flour in a plastic bag. Add chicken to flour mixture and shake, making sure the meat is thoroughly coated.

Carefully place chicken in oil and brown on all sides.

Drain fat from skillet, but do not remove chicken.

Place tomatoes and wine in skillet with chicken, then add sautéed onions. Simmer everything together for 30 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally.

If desired, serve over noodles.


3 thoughts on “Houdini’s Favorite Chicken

    • Hi, ad thanks for the question!

      I found this idea online:

      Combine equal amounts white grape juice with white wine vinegar.
      Taste the mix as you combine the ingredients. The wine substitute should not be too sweet, or taste like pure vinegar.
      Add the vinegar/juice mix to the recipe in the same amounts as you would add normal white wine.
      Taste the recipe as it cooks. Add a splash of vinegar if there is excessive sweetness or a splash of grape juice if there is excess sourness.

      But I have a daughter who takes regular medication and cannot consume wine. So I’ve simply replaced the wine with a bit of vegetable or chicken broth, and it has worked just fine.
      My family also has three vegetarians, and I’ve used this sauce for tofu, which is also delicious.

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