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Chicken paprikash in a cast iron skillet with spoon

Hungarian Chicken Paprikash

Course: Dinner, Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: European, Hungarian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6
Calories: 527kcal
Author: Edyta
Hungarian Chicken Paprikash is a traditional Hungarian dish made from simple, real food ingredients. Succulent pieces of chicken are simmered in the most flavorful sauce, made with the best Hungarian Paprika with a cream base. Serve it with noodles or potatoes and you've got yourself a truly amazing comfort food that you'll want to have over and over. 
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  • 3.5 LB Chicken thighs and drumsticks
  • 2 tbsp Butter or Cooking Oil
  • 1 Sweet Onion chopped
  • 3 cloves Garlic chopped
  • 2 tbsp Flour
  • 3 tbsp Sweet Hungarian Paprika
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 2 cups Chicken Broth up to 2.5 cups if you want more sauce
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • 3/4 cup Sour Cream
  • 1 tbsp Flour
  • Splash of Water


  • Season your chicken with salt and pepper on both sides. Heat up a skillet, add cooking oil and sear the chicken in batches, until nicely brown. Do not overcrowd the chicken and use a splatter guard if the chicken is splashing around (tip: place chicken skin side down and do not disturb for 6-7 minutes, then flip and cook for 3-4 minutes on the other side; this will ensure a nice sear on the skin).
  • Chop your onions and garlic. Once the chicken is seared on both sides, remove it to a plate and add onions into the same pan (if too much fat has accumulated in a skillet, remove some of it so you are left with approx 1 tablespoon of fat). Saute onions until translucent, for about 5 minutes.
  • Add garlic and cook for one minute. Then add flour to the skillet and cook for 2 minutes. Then add paprika & tomato paste and mix well.
  • Then add chicken broth and place chicken back into the skillet. Cover it and cook for about 20 minutes, until chicken is fully cooked through. Once the chicken is cooked, remove it from the skillet so you can finish up the sauce.
  •  Prepare the roux: combine sour cream with flour and a splash of water. Start gradually adding a little bit of sauce to it to temper it until you have a full cup. Then pour it over the sauce and let it come to a boil.
  •  Serve the chicken with sauce and the side of noodles, potatoes or grains.


Calories: 527kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 160mg | Sodium: 518mg | Potassium: 648mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2355IU | Vitamin C: 12.9mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 3mg