Hungarian Chicken Paprikash

This chicken paprikash is the kind of dish that—upon first bite—reveals itself immediately and inarguably to be comfort food, even if you’ve never eaten it before in your life.  We must pause to pay homage to the best mention of the word paprikash in the history of film, in When Harry Met Sally.

Chicken Paprikash

What is Chicken Paprikash?

It’s a classic Hungarian dish, which features chicken first browned, and then sauteed and stewed with a mixture of onions, broth, tomatoes (sometimes, not always) and of course copious amounts of paprika.  

What Kind of Paprika for Paprikash

I have been playing around with my various tins of smoked paprika for quite a while now (I do have tins), and while I love the flavor, it can come on strong.  So here I relied primarily on the typical sweet Hungarian paprika, and then added a little bit of smoked to give it another level of flavor.  You could also add a bit of hot paprika to give it a different kind of kick.  Or all three, you crazy crazy fun person.

Chicken Paprikash

Chicken Paprikash with Sour Cream

When to add the sour cream is important. You don’t want to heat the sour cream in the sauce over the stove, or it might curdle.  Just stir it into the pot at the very end, and it will add a tangy-creamy note to the warm sauce.

A classic Hungarian dish, which features chicken, onions, broth, tomatoes, and of course copious amounts of paprika.

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Chicken Paprikash

What to Serve with Chicken Paprikash

If you are the kind of person to make your own dumplings or noodles, this is a great moment to whip out that skill set. These are excellent traditional accompaniments to authentic Chicken Paprikash. For the rest of us, and for a weeknight dinner, a bag of egg noodles fits the bill perfectly.   

Also….a green salad or sprightly green vegetable.  Such as:

Chicken Paprikash

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Chicken Paprikash

The classic Hungarian dish, featuring chicken stewed with a mixture of onions, broth, tomatoes, and of course copious amounts of paprika.  
Yield: 8 People
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • 4 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs about 8 large pieces
  • Kosher or coarse salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 large onions quartered lengthwise, and thinly sliced crosswise
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon smoked or hot paprika optional
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 14-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • 1 12-ounce bag egg noodles


  • Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a very large, deep heavy skillet (such as cast iron) over medium high heat. When the oil is hot, add the chicken, skin side down, and cook for about 8 minutes, until the skin is nicely crispy. Flip the chicken and cook for another 8 minutes or so until the bottom of the chicken is nicely browned (it will not be cooked through). Remove the chicken to a plate.
  • Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of fat from the pan. Return the pan to medium heat, and add the onion. Sauté for about 5 minutes, until soft and moderately browned. Stir in the garlic and sauté for another minute. Stir in the flour and the paprika, as well as the additional paprika if using, until is all well incorporated into the oil, one more minute. Add the bay leaves, tomatoes, and broth. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Return the chicken to the liquid, skin side up, and cook for another 20 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.
  • Meanwhile cook the egg noodles according to package directions. Remove the chicken to a clean plate. Remove the bay leaves, and stir the sour cream into the sauce. Place the chicken over the hot noodles, either on a serving platter or on individual serving plates, and spoon over the sauce.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 693kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 236mg | Sodium: 260mg | Potassium: 811mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1403IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 3mg

The nutrition values are provided as an estimate. It is not intended as a substitute for the advice of a qualified healthcare professional.

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