Pressure Cooker Hungarian Chicken

"I adapted this recipe from "The Pressure Cooker Gourmet", by Victoria Wise. You can substitute any kind of chicken pieces, bone-in or boneless. You would just need to adjust cooking time based on your choice. I actually leave the skin on, I'm weird and kind of like the skin, even when its "soggy"!"
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  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 12 - 4 lbs chicken leg quarters, bone-in and skinned
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons hot paprika, preferably Hungarian
  • 12 cup chicken broth
  • 1 medium tomatoes, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 12 cup sour cream
  • 6 ounces extra- wide egg noodles, cooked, drained and buttered


  • Heat the oil in the pressure cooker over medium-high heat until beginning to smoke. Add the chicken pieces and cook until golden all around, 4 - 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
  • Add the onion, paprika, and broth and stir to mix. Return the chicken to the pot and add the tomato on top, but don't stir it. Add the salt.
  • Lock on the lid and bring to pressure over high heat, 4 - 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for 7 minutes. Remove from the heat and let sit for 5 minutes to finish cooking.
  • With steam vent pointed away from you face, gently release any remaining pressure and transfer the chicken to a plate. Set aside in a warm place while the liquid cooks in the pot for 15 minutes.
  • Whisk the sour cream in a small bowl until smooth. Add 1/4 cup of the liquid from the pot and whisk until smooth. Pour the sour cream mixture into the pot and whisk to mix. Return the chicken pieces and any juices to the pot. Reheat briefly without boiling.
  • Spread the warm egg noodles on a serving platter. Arrange the chicken over the noodles and pour the sauce over all.

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  1. Loved this recipe and my husband declared it "excellent"! It was a taking off point for me because I like to use more veggies. I also substituted non-fat Greek yogurt for sour cream and served it over brown rice. Not sure why 3 1/2 to 4 lbs of chicken is supposed to feed only 4 people. I didn't brown the chicken to avoid drying it out. I diced a carrot and a parsnip and sauted them with the onion before adding the chicken. I used a can of tomatoes instead of fresh and layered thick shreds of green cabbage on top of the chicken before putting the top on the cooker. The cabbage was perfectly cooked, melting into the sauce but not overcooked -- no"cabbagey" smell. The chicken was fork tender but not dry. Delicious!
  2. As others suggested, mushrooms are really great w/ this dish. Also, if you have coconut oil, use it here!!! I used 1 tea of Szegeo Hungarian sweet paprika & 1 tea Mas Portell regular paprika and 1/2 tea of red pepper. Just right!! I have found over the years that recipes that call for paprika, that you spend a little extra a get the best the store has to offer. I guess this could pertain to alot of things but good paprika does make all the difference. So I never skimp on this quality item. Badia is also another good brand if you have trouble finding the above 2 items.
  3. Second time that I had used my pressure cooker. This recipe was great. I added some carrots to it. Next time I will add more. Everyone loved it that tried it.
  4. Very simple, very fast and very good. The sauce is great over noddles, the family loved it.
  5. Great dish, and super easy and fast to make.


  1. We are garlic fans so I added three roughly chopped cloves, I also browned the onions and garlic a bit before adding the broth.
  2. I just used boneless skinless chicken thighs and cooked in high in an instant pot for 7 minutes with a quick release and it worked great!
  3. Will substitute Greek yogurt (Chobani) for sour cream, less fating,
  4. I didn't follow it exactly, but it was oh so good! I used tomatoes that I had previously froze from my garden (so it was probably like triple the tomatoes). I also added some cabbage like a previous reviewer did. Also doubled the broth for extra sauce for my big family. I recently ordered some coconut oil for cooking and I used this instead of the cooking oil and let me just say...WOW! It made such an impact on the dish! It was so good. As I ate it I could imagine it being made with smoked salmon instead of chicken and including mushrooms. I think I will try that next time. (:
  5. This was terrific!! I used 1/2 bullion cube and 1/2 cup of water instead of the broth (it's all I had on hand) and lowered the salt a little because of this. I only used only 2 drumsticks and 2 thighs since it's just me and my husband and me, I left the sauce the same which was great for extra for the noodles. I also used plain yogurt instead of sour cream since I live where there is no sour cream....i worked just fine. I will definitely make this again...very different, tastey, and easy. I think this could even be made in a regular pan with a tight lid, a little extra liquid and increased cooking time. Thanks for sharing!!!



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