Chicken pieces stewed in a sauce mixture including the traditional Hungarian ingredient - paprika - along with other spices and sour cream. This is our family recipe for Chicken Paprikash. Very good on cold days, and good served over dumplings.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat bacon grease in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, salt, red pepper flakes and paprika. Stir together and saute until onion is translucent. Add chicken pieces and pour water over all. Cook over medium heat for 1 hour, adding more water if necessary.

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  • Stir in tomatoes, reserving liquid. Stir liquid into a medium bowl with flour and sour cream; mix until well blended, then slowly add mixture to chicken, stirring constantly. Cook until mixture is thick.

Nutrition Facts

541.1 calories; 43.9 g protein; 16 g carbohydrates; 149.5 mg cholesterol; 736 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
11/30/2009
Just some slight modifications to a dish I've made about 100 times (my family is Hungarian). I use probably 3x the paprika (no idea how much, I just keep dumping - it's nearly impossible to use too much) - make sure it's good Hungarian paprika (Szeged is common on most grocery shelves). Instead of pepper flakes, I add some hot paprika (again, Szeged) but you can add too much hot so use sparingly. I sear the chicken on both sides before adding chicken broth (vs water.) I also add some red bell pepper to the onion in the beginning and add the paprika part way through the sauteeing because this helps bring out the paprika flavor as well. I don't use garlic or bacon grease - just olive oil. Someone else posted their recipe for spaetzle and said to cook for 20 minutes. This will turn the spaetzle to mush. Spaetzle should be taken out of the simmering water with a slotted spoon once it rises to the surface as spaetzle/dumplings need to have some firmness to them. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/09/2004
I made this last night for dinner with only a couple modifications. I used 4 boneless skinless breasts. (Next time I'll use them with skin on - gives it more flavor) Instead of water I used 3 cans of chicken broth. I added 1 bay leaf ginger powder and garlic powder. I completely omitted the tomatoes and when it came time to use the juice I used one ladle of the soup to dissolve flour and mix w/ sour cream. Although you can't have paprikash without spaetzel (egg dumpling)! Since there's no spaetzel recipe on this site I'll post mine. Get a pot of salted water at a HIGH boil. Mix 1-1/2 c. flour 1/2 c. milk 3 eggs. Drop spoonfuls into the boiling water and cook for 20 minutes uncovered. Add to the paprikash. Yum! Read More
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  • 4 star values: 63
  • 3 star values: 16
  • 2 star values: 7
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 4 stars
11/30/2009
Just some slight modifications to a dish I've made about 100 times (my family is Hungarian). I use probably 3x the paprika (no idea how much, I just keep dumping - it's nearly impossible to use too much) - make sure it's good Hungarian paprika (Szeged is common on most grocery shelves). Instead of pepper flakes, I add some hot paprika (again, Szeged) but you can add too much hot so use sparingly. I sear the chicken on both sides before adding chicken broth (vs water.) I also add some red bell pepper to the onion in the beginning and add the paprika part way through the sauteeing because this helps bring out the paprika flavor as well. I don't use garlic or bacon grease - just olive oil. Someone else posted their recipe for spaetzle and said to cook for 20 minutes. This will turn the spaetzle to mush. Spaetzle should be taken out of the simmering water with a slotted spoon once it rises to the surface as spaetzle/dumplings need to have some firmness to them. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/30/2009
Just some slight modifications to a dish I've made about 100 times (my family is Hungarian). I use probably 3x the paprika (no idea how much, I just keep dumping - it's nearly impossible to use too much) - make sure it's good Hungarian paprika (Szeged is common on most grocery shelves). Instead of pepper flakes, I add some hot paprika (again, Szeged) but you can add too much hot so use sparingly. I sear the chicken on both sides before adding chicken broth (vs water.) I also add some red bell pepper to the onion in the beginning and add the paprika part way through the sauteeing because this helps bring out the paprika flavor as well. I don't use garlic or bacon grease - just olive oil. Someone else posted their recipe for spaetzle and said to cook for 20 minutes. This will turn the spaetzle to mush. Spaetzle should be taken out of the simmering water with a slotted spoon once it rises to the surface as spaetzle/dumplings need to have some firmness to them. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/09/2004
I made this last night for dinner with only a couple modifications. I used 4 boneless skinless breasts. (Next time I'll use them with skin on - gives it more flavor) Instead of water I used 3 cans of chicken broth. I added 1 bay leaf ginger powder and garlic powder. I completely omitted the tomatoes and when it came time to use the juice I used one ladle of the soup to dissolve flour and mix w/ sour cream. Although you can't have paprikash without spaetzel (egg dumpling)! Since there's no spaetzel recipe on this site I'll post mine. Get a pot of salted water at a HIGH boil. Mix 1-1/2 c. flour 1/2 c. milk 3 eggs. Drop spoonfuls into the boiling water and cook for 20 minutes uncovered. Add to the paprikash. Yum! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/03/2006
As an expat living in Hungary for the past 3 years I can say that this is AUTHENTIC! Delicious! Make sure you make this with Hungarian paprika as the paprika in North America is nowhere near as good or strong. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2003
This is an excellent Chicken Paprikash recipe. Very tasty. I browned the chicken in the bacon drippings first to crisp the skin then removed it and added the onions garlic etc. Very tasty with depth of flavor. I will definitely make this again and again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/14/2005
This is a very good recipe very tasty! The only thing i did differently is use boneless skinless chicken breast and cut them into cubes. I also substituted the water for chicken broth and added a little cayenne pepper. By using the bonless breast it only took about 30 mins to make very quick and easy. I served it over white rice even my picky eater 5 yr old loved it! Will definatly make again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2003
Reakky delious. I substuited Olive oil for the bacon grease. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/07/2006
Family loved this. I made it with the Spaetzel recipe from reviewer "Ohiomom1". Will definitely make again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/04/2008
Great recipe. I brown the chicken first though. It renders some of the fat out of the skin adds flavor and improves the texture. Also red pepper flakes can vary greatly in heat so a teaspoon might make your dish way too hot. I'd start out with a 1/4 tsp or less. You can always add more. It came out very well for me but I couldn't figure out why it seemed to lack the unique and very delicious flavor of the paprikash a Hungarian friend used to make for me. Eventually I found out it was CARAWAY that provided that taste - about a 1/2 tspn of seed lightly toasted in a dry pan and gently bruised. Just what it needed Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2005
My husband loved the creamy flavor of this. But the funny thing is he hates sour cream. So of course when he was raving about the flavor I just smiled and said "thanks honey". Read More
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