Chicken Paprika

"When I was younger, my aunt would serve “Chicken and Dumplings”. It was great! In fact, it was my wife’s favorite meal. Well, I went to a buffet at a church having chicken and dumplings. It wasn’t anything like Aunt Marie’s “Chicken and Dumplings”. It turns out that Aunt Marie was making Chicken Paprika and dumplings. Here is my version of the Austrian comfort food, Chicken Paprika."
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Ready In:
4hrs 10mins




  • Heat the oil or fat (don’t use butter) in a heavy bottomed, eight quart stock pot over medium high heat.
  • Sauté the chicken until browned on all sides. A four quart sauce pan can be used, but it may splatter.
  • Remove the chicken and add the carrots, celery, and onions.
  • Sauté these until the onions are translucent(about 4 minutes).
  • Add the garlic and stir for another 30 seconds or until you get a strong garlic smell.
  • Pour the wine into the pan (shedding a tear, of course) and stir until you can stick your nose over the pan and it doesn’t burn. This means that most of the alcohol has cooked out.
  • Return the chicken to the pot and add the stock and paprika. If the chicken is not covered in liquid, add water until it is.
  • Stir to make sure all of the paprika is mixed in with the liquid. The liquid should have a deep red color. If not, add more paprika.
  • Bring this to a boil.
  • Once the liquid is boiling, reduce the heat to low and simmer for at least 2 hours. Feel free to stir every once in a while.
  • After simmering, remove the chicken meat and bones (if any).
  • Mix the flour and water together in a cup or bowl.
  • Bring the remaining liquid and vegetables to a boil.
  • Slowly whisk in the flour-water mixture until it thickens.
  • Remove from the heat and whisk in the sour cream until it is dissolved.
  • To serve, put the meat on a plate and pour the sauce over it. For an extra treat, check out the dumpling recipe!
  • Cooking tip: Add Paprika to the thickening flour. It hasn’t bit me yet.

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  1. Baby Kato
    What a lovely meal we enjoyed. I served this delicious chicken and sauce with mashed potatoes and fresh steamed green beans. The chicken was moist and tender, perfectly cooked enveloped in this delicious paprika sauce. Thank you for sharing your recipe, it was quick and easy to throw together. I used a whole cut up chicken, skin and bone on for extra flavor. Made for Spring Pac 2014.
  2. Elmotoo
    Oh, this hit the spot!!! I used boneless thighs, so I simmered only 1 hour. 1c flour & water = PASTE so I added some water to thin it back outto a sauce. The FLAVOR of this dish is incredible! Served it over noodles. Made for PAC Spring '08. Thank you!!!
  3. ChloeBowie
    We ate this all the time at my house. We called it Paprekash. My hungarian grandmother brought the recipe with her when she came over. Thanks for putting it on the zaar!


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