Piletina na lovački – hunters chicken

Piletina na lovački – hunters chicken

Piletina na lovački - Croatian hunters chicken

Good old chicken stew – or piletina na lovački.

This is one of the dishes that I can remember eating as far back as my early childhood – bubbling away in my fathers kotlič, suspended over flames on three legs like a witches cauldron – or on the stovetop in Mum’s trusty pot.

We also called it paprikaš – something that originates in Hungary, but seems to be just as common in Croatia.

Piletina na lovački - Croatian hunters chicken

I’m guessing the name “hunters chicken” has something to do with this being something a bunch of Croatian blokes would knock together after playing with their shotguns out in the wilderness – downing a few wild animals to take back home to feed the family.

Piletina na lovački - Croatian hunters chicken

My family has some old movies that were filmed on reels back in the 1970’s. I haven’t looked at them for a while, but I do remember seeing some footage of my dad and his mates out in the bush doing exactly that – hunting wild boar, pheasants, ducks – just about anything that moved.

This wasn’t for cheap thrills – it was all butchered, divided amongst themselves and brought home to feed families. Buying meat at the butcher wasn’t cheap, hence the DIY.

Noklice - Croatian dumplings

When they went out hunting and camping for several days, they’d often make a stew of some sort for dinner over an open fire. Either with something they’d just hunted or brought with them from home.

What I’ve got for you here is my rendition of a hearty hunters chicken. It’s an ideal winter dish that calls for lots of bread to sop up the rich juices, or you could even shred the meat and use it all as a pasta sauce.

I’ve made some rustic looking dumplings to carry and absorb the beautiful flavours in the stew. These were one of my faves when I was very young, and you know what? They’re still one of my faves.

*Duck Egg Blue French Oven supplied by Chasseur and Pyrocast Round Gratin supplied by Pyrolux.

Piletina na lovački - Croatian hunters chicken

 

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Piletina na lovački {hunters chicken}
This Croatian hunters chicken, or piletina na lovački, is a perfect winter warmer that's loaded with flavour.
Piletina na lovački - hunters chicken
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Croatian
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Chicken
Noklice (dumplings)
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Croatian
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Chicken
Noklice (dumplings)
Piletina na lovački - hunters chicken
Instructions
Chicken
  1. Toss the chicken pieces in the seasoned flour, shake off the excess and set aside.Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high flame. Sear the chicken on both sides until golden, set aside. Toss the onions, capsicum, garlic and mushrooms into the pot you just used to sear the chicken. Sauté for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the paprika, herbs, chilli (if using) and white wine. Simmer for 30 seconds, then add in the chicken stock and bring to the boil. Add the tomato paste and tomatoes and bring to the boil again, then check for seasoning.
  3. Nestle the seared chicken pieces into the sauce and push down gently to coat. Reduce the heat and gently simmer for 50 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through.
  4. Serve with noklice (dumplings), made just before the chicken is ready to serve.
Noklice (dumplings)
  1. Whisk the eggs, then add the sparkling water, stirring to combine. Whisk in the salt, flour and parsley, forming a thick and sticky dough.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. Using two dessert spoons, form dumplings from the dough and drop them into the boiling water - be sure to swirl the boiling water around, making a whirlpool as you drop each dumpling in, to prevent them sticking on the bottom.
  3. Simmer for 10 minutes, dunking them down a few times until the they're puffed and cooked through. Drain well, lay on a large plate and drizzle lightly with olive oil. The oil prevents them sticking together.
  4. Serve with the chicken and its glorious sauce.
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