Hungarian Chicken Paprikash

Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep 5 mins
Cook 1 hr

The perfect Hungarian comfort food. Serve over my posted nokedli recipe. This recipe has been passed down in my family for generations. I use Better Than Bouillon chicken base to make the broth.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine flour, 2 tbsp paprika, salt and pepper.
  2. Dredge chicken pieces in flour mixture.
  3. Reserve left over flour.
  4. Add oil to large dutch oven.
  5. Heat oil over medium high heat.
  6. Add chicken and brown on both sides, about 10 minutes.
  7. Remove chicken from pot.
  8. Add little oil to pot (if bottom appears to be too dry).
  9. Add onion, red pepper, 1 tbsp paprika, and salt.
  10. Saute until onion is tender, about 2 minutes.
  11. Return chicken to pot, and add enough chicken broth to cover.
  12. Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer about 30 to 45 minutes, until chicken is done.
  13. Remove from heat and let paprikash cool down.
  14. Combine reserved flour and 1/2 cup sour cream.
  15. Add small amount of liquid from pot into flour mixture and stir with whisk until smooth.
  16. Add mixture to pot, stirring constantly.
  17. Simmer 5 minutes.
  18. Let cool down again and add remaining sour cream, stirring constantly.
  19. Sauce should be a very pale orange color (almost white).
  20. Cook about 1 minute until heated.
  21. Serve over homemade Hungarian nokedli (spaetzel), wide egg noodles, or cooked cavatelli.


Most Helpful

Very creamy, delicious, and mildly spicy, a dish that is true comfort food, just as advertised. I did wait to add the paprika until the onion was tender, since the parika tends to burn easily. I would definitely make this again! Thanks!

Sue Lau April 07, 2003

This is SO so good. So good. Tastes a lot like the version I had in Budapest... I was amazed at being able to replicate that at home. I used bone-in chicken thighs, plenty of salt, and increased the onion and paprika a bit. A PERFECT recipe that I'll make again and again. I wouldn't change a thing. This is one of those dishes that you keep thinking about long after you've made it.

Karenlyn2 June 20, 2011

This was delicious and very moist! However you certainly don't want to cover the chicken with broth as it'd make way too much liquid. Just use the two cups of broth and it'll be fine.

ElaineM April 01, 2006

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