There’s no reason elegance needs to mean time-consuming. With a smidge of do-ahead preparation, this elegant north Italian dish will be ready to eat in an hour or less.

Pretend for a moment you’re Hungarian. In your mind’s eye, you remember that incredible red chicken stew from your youth—it was one of those foods that cemented your cultural experience. Now open your eyes and voila, you can still make it for dinner and reap the benefits of Hungarian ingenuity: onions, paprika and chicken all stewed together into one big pot of deliciousness. Keep the bones in…they’ll make the meat moist and flavorful.

Spicy and sweet, the creaminess of this appetizer or main dish pairs nicely with the acidity of an unoaked chardonnay. From WineTable Executive Chef Harry Haff.