As a wedding planner and officiant in my other life, I have been to many weddings. I have never been more impressed by a recent bride and groom’s attitude on their wedding day in June. When their outdoor wedding threatened to be interrupted by a downpour, they and their families were determined that the joy of their union would not be spoiled by the weather.
The decision was made to move the ceremony under the reception tent. Predictability here in Oregon is unpredictable. So just a few minutes late, the radiant bride walked out on her father’s arm ( under an umbrella) to her groom. The light drizzle some say became a kiss from god.
Here is a recipe that you can use for your own celebration. It can be doubled /tripled or made to whatever quantity you need. A crowd pleaser, you may add a 1/2 cup of dry white wine to the dish to make it more elegant. At my daughter’s own wedding a variation was served substituting brandy for the wine and adding capers ( pickled nasturtium flower buds).
Chicken Paprika Romance
This is suited to a home wedding because you can do it ahead and heat and serve before the reception. Multiply by eight to serve fifty but reduce the onion soup by two for that amount. Cook in batches. If you want to use brown rice use a higher setting and increase liquid by 1/2 cup more.
- 2 to 3 pounds chicken skin removed( boneless skinless breasts and thighs are perfect)cut into 2 inch pieces
- 1 cup rice (Not Uncle Ben! Use Hinode or Calrose and rinse well)
- 2 1/2 cups water or broth ( I reduce to 1 1/2 cups and add 1/2 cup dry white wine)
- 1 envelope dried onion soup mix
- 1 can cream of mushroom soup
- 12 oz. sliced mushrooms ( morels, chanterelles, baby portabellos,cremini brown or white or mixed)
- ground Hungarian Paprika
Butter or Pam spray the bottom of a 9×13 casserole. Sprinkle rice evenly. Place chicken pieces on rice and dust with paprika. Mix onion soup mix, mushroom soup, mushrooms and broth( and wine). Spread evenly over chicken and rice. Bake covered tightly with foil at 350 degrees for 1 to 1 1./2 hours. Uncover and bake an additional 1/2 hour to brown top. Serve garnished with parsley and more Paprika.