This dish has a complex history of a French chef, Russian culture and unhealthy teeth. The result of all these factors came together to create a dish that’s warm and soothing, especially for cold nights. Americans fell in love with chicken stroganoff for its simple recipe and delicious taste. And the best part is that this dish can make almost any child love their mushrooms.
What Is Chicken Stroganoff?
Chicken stroganoff is a dish of chicken meat (thighs or breasts) slowly simmered in a sauce made from a base of sour cream and butter. The traditional recipe calls for the addition of mushrooms, mustard and paprika. Serve chicken stroganoff on a plate of noodles.
The dish tastes rich, creamy and filling. The sauce is dense and coats the chicken and noodles easily. Chicken stroganoff is a great entree option for family dinners as it’s a one-pot dish.
A Russian Dish
Stroganoff is a Russian dish that was invented as a beef dish. The chicken adaptation is significantly easier to cook, as you don’t have to take the time to cut up beef into thin strips. The chicken will remain juicy and tender as whole chicken thighs or breasts.
Stroganoff was invented in the 1800s and became incredibly popular in America in the 1950s and 1960s. It’s said that French chef who created the dish worked for wealthy Russian aristocrat out Pavel Alexandrovich Stroganov. The chef created the dish for a competition, won the contest and named the dish after his employer.
The dish is a perfect merging of French influence (mustard seasoning) and Russian taste (sour cream). Sour cream has been called “Russia’s national condiment.” This high-fat condiment is regularly in Russian desserts, dumplings and soups.
The legend goes that the French chef used very thinly sliced beef because Count Stroganov had weak teeth that made chewing difficult.
How to Prepare Chicken Stroganoff
Chicken Stroganoff is an easy dish to make and should take you less than one hour to cook.
- If you have chosen larger pieces of chicken, you can cut your chicken. Season the meat with salt, paprika, pepper, garlic and onion powder. Set aside.
- Heat salted water for your pasta and follow instructions for cooking. Coat pasta with a tablespoon of butter while it’s still hot.
- Heat a tablespoon of butter in a medium-sized pan over medium heat.
- Cook the onions until translucent.
- Add the mushrooms. Cook until they have released the majority of their water content.
- Next, add your chicken and cook until each side has browned.
- Add your chicken stock, sour cream, mustard and Worstechire sauce.
- Depending on your recipe, add flour or corn starch as a sauce thickener. After the sauce rises to a simmer, reduce heat.
- Let the sauce for 5-10 minutes until it has fully developed in flavor. Taste the sauce to adjust seasonings as needed.
- Serve hot over the cooked pasta. It’s common to top the hot dish with fresh parsley.
More modern adaptations of chicken stroganoff simplify the recipe by using cream of chicken soup or cream of mushroom soup. This recipe from All Recipes also substitutes the sour cream for cream cheese to make the dish extra decadent.
Some recipes add other meats, such as bacon, to elevate the dish even further.
This variation calls for a mix of sour cream and cream cheese for added flavor.
And, this recipe from Olivia’s Cuisine, is a unique adaptation that substitutes heavy cream for the sour cream and adds crushed tomatoes.
Some people choose to serve the chicken stroganoff over rice instead of noodles. This is a great gluten-free solution, and the rice works well to soak up all the flavors of the sauce.
The standard chicken stroganoff recipe is easy to follow, but also easy to adapt. While the original Russian dish called for beef, it’s clear the chicken version has won the hearts of many. This creamy dish is the perfect comforting dish on a winter night or after an exhausting workday.