Richard Blais’ Pumpkin and Chicken Ghoul-ash with Smoked Pumpkin Seeds

by Rachael Ray Show Staff 9:00 AM, October 24, 2016

Aired October 24, 2016

Serves 4

6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
Salt and pepper
Flour, for dusting
Olive oil
2 yellow onions, thinly sliced
4 cloves garlic
3 tablespoons crushed caraway seeds
2 tablespoons sweet paprika
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon hot paprika (optional)
1 can crushed peeled tomatoes
1 cup pumpkin purée
1 cup or so medium-diced pumpkin
1/2 cup chicken stock
3 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 teaspoon or so red wine vinegar
To garnish:
Fresh pumpkin seeds
Smoked paprika
Sea salt


Season chicken liberally with salt and pepper. Heat a Dutch oven or large skillet over medium-high heat with a few teaspoons olive oil. Dust chicken in flour and sear in the hot pan. Remove and reserve.
Add onions, garlic and spices to the pan and sweat for 5-10 minutes. Add the tomato, pumpkin purée and browned chicken thighs to the pan and simmer for 10 minutes or so.     Add the diced pumpkin and simmer for 5 more minutes.
Clean the pumpkin seeds thoroughly and soak in water overnight at room temperature. Drain and let dry slightly then toss the almost-dry seeds with smoked paprika and sea salt. Dry the sliced seeds in a low oven (200°F) for a few hours until crispy and dry.
Finish goulash with the vinegar and herbs, and served topped with the pumpkin seeds.

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