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This comforting Chicken Paprikash will fill you up and keep you warm on a cold and rainy day. Chicken Paprikash is a Hungarian dish but it’s also very popular in Eastern Europe. Some European countries have their own version of the Hungarian chicken Paprikash or Paprika Chicken. Growing up in Eastern Europe, I remember my grandmother cooked a similar dish with lots of peppers and onions. It was my favorite, especially topped with lots of crumbled feta cheese. I could eat it every week and I was so happy when she cooked this meal – it made my heart sing. ♩ ♫ ♪♪ ♩

Easy Chicken Paprikash

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This easy chicken paprikash is made with chicken, peppers, onions, garlic, stock, sour cream, and of course paprika. It is important to use fresh, high-quality paprika for this recipe. I recommend sweet Hungarian paprika available on Amazon or at Penzys online. If you enjoy spicy food, you could try replacing 1 tsp of the paprika with hot Hungarian paprika. Paprika can go flat or tasteless if it is too old. So check your paprika first, before starting this dish.

Easy Chicken Paprikash

This Hungarian chicken paprikash is very easy and quick to make. It is made with just a handful of ingredients, and it takes about 30 minutes to make from start to finish. I love simple yet delicious recipes! And this one is a winner. The chicken paprikash sauce is absolutely amazing!

Easy Chicken Paprikash
  • Sear the chicken – Searing the chicken (which means cooking the food at high temperature until a caramelized crust forms) adds a lot of flavor and produces a more complex sauce.
  • Saute the paprika with the vegetables for a couple of minutes – toasting the paprika in high heat helps the paprika develop all-new flavor, adding complexity and depth to the spice.
  • Use fresh good quality paprika – there is a huge difference between a good paprika and regular store-bought paprika.
Easy Chicken Paprikash

How to Make Chicken Paprikash

There are many ways you can make chicken paprikash. Some add tomatoes, others omit the peppers and tomatoes, and third, add a lot more peppers and onions. I like to add peppers, onions and minced garlic to my chicken paprikash. I also like to top it with crumbled feta cheese and pine nuts which are optional. Topping the chicken paprikash with feta cheese makes it so creamy and delicious!

You can serve chicken paprikash with noodles, dumplings, spaetzle or even with the best mashed potatoes (shown with egg noodles).

If you love this recipe, I am sure you will also love this delicious Chicken Penne with Creamy Mushroom White Wine Sauce.

Easy Chicken Paprikash
5 from 9 votes

Easy Chicken Paprikash

This easy chicken paprikash is comfort food at its best! A rich and creamy sauce flavored with sweet Hungarian paprika
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6

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  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium high heat. Season chicken on both sides with salt, pepper and sweet Hungarian paprika, and add to the skillet. Cook without moving the chicken pieces for about 4 minutes per side and flip them over, and cook for another 3-4 minutes, or until cooked through. When chicken is done, transfer to a plate.
  • In the same skillet, add more olive oil and sliced onion and red bell pepper. Cook for few minutes until vegetables are soft, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook for another 30 seconds. Season with salt, pepper and  sweet Hungarian paprikato taste, and saute the vegetables for couple of minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add chicken stock, sour cream and stir well.
  • Add chicken to the skillet and stir everything. Reduce heat to medium low, cover and simmer for about 10 minutes until flavors blend and sauce thickens. Taste for salt and pepper and add more if needed.
  • While the chicken paprikash is cooking, cook egg noodles according to package directions.
  • Serve chicken paprikash over egg noodles. Garnish with pine nuts, crumbled feta cheese and parsley. Enjoy!



Calories: 398kcal | Carbohydrates: 26.1g | Protein: 30.3g | Fat: 18.8g | Saturated Fat: 6.1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 109.8mg | Sodium: 147.6mg | Fiber: 1.7g | Sugar: 3.3g | Vitamin A: 400IU | Vitamin C: 25.6mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 2.3mg
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About Neli Howard

Welcome to my kitchen! I am Neli Howard and the food blogger behind Delicious Meets Healthy. I started Delicious Meets Healthy in 2014 while working in public accounting. While everything I did at work was very analytical and detail oriented, I have enjoyed cooking because I get to use my creativity and experiment with flavors and textures of different foods.

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  1. 5 stars
    First off, I love your photos Neli. Such gorgeous, vibrant colors! Hungarian Paprika is one of my favorite spices; I’m lucky to live close to a spice shop that grinds it in small batches, so it’s especially fragrant. I can’t wait to make this dish with it! Love the suggestion of serving it over spatezle.

    1. Yes, fresh paprika smells and tastes amazing! Wish I had a shop close by that would grind fresh spices. Hope you enjoy this dish when you make it! 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve never had Chicken Paprikash but I definitely need to. I absolutely LOVE paprika so the more the merrier and I think this recipe agrees. I love that you top it with feta and nuts too! YUUUUM!

  3. I have never had this dish, but I love paprika, onions and peppers, so it’s a winner! The pine nuts and feta sound like the perfect addition to this! Sounds like a lovely dinner!

  4. This reminds me of a dish my grandma used to make when I was little(one we don’t have a copy of the recipe for.) Your addition of the pine nuts and feta are such a great idea! I cant wait to make it when my brother comes over and see if he remembers eating it when we were little…