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Chicken Paprikash

Chicken Paprikash

Chicken Paprikash - a classic one-pot meal that features tender well-seasoned chicken pieces bathed in a creamy fragrant sour cream paprika-infused sauce. Serve it with some egg noodles, rice or potatoes for an unforgettable flavorful chicken dinner. A must-have on weekly rotation!
Course Main
Cuisine Hungarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 578kcal
Author Imma


Chicken Thighs 

  • 2 ½ pounds (1.1 kl) bone-in chicken thighs 
  •  salt and pepper  
  • 1 teaspoon (3 g) garlic powder  
  • 1 teaspoon (2 g) paprika 

Chicken Paprikash 

  • 2 tablespoons (28 g) unsalted butter or cooking oil 
  • 2 medium yellow onions , small diced 
  • 1 tablespoon (8 g) minced garlic  
  • 1 Bay Leaf 
  • 1 red bell pepper , small diced  
  • 2 tablespoons (14 g) smoked paprika 
  • 2 cups (500 ml) low-sodium chicken broth or water 
  • salt
  • 2 tablespoons (20 g) flour 
  • ½ - ¾ cup (115 - 172.5 g) sour cream 
  • cup (79 ml) milk  


  • In a medium bowl, toss the chicken with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika. Set aside.
  • In a large nonstick cast iron or skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat.  
  • Once oil or butter is heated, place thighs skin side down and sear for about 3 minutes or until brown. Flip chicken over on the other side and brown for another 3 minutes. Remove and set aside.  
  • Add the onions, garlic, and bay leaf ; cook, stirring often, 3 to 4 minutes. 
  • Stir in bell pepper, paprika and continue cooking , stirring until soft, about 2-3  minutes. 
  • Pour in the broth, salt and return the chicken back to the pot, together with all its juice. 
  • Cover and cook for about 35 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked through and has reached desired tenderness.   
  • In a small bowl, stir the flour into the sour cream and milk mixture to form a smooth paste.  
  • Push chicken thigh aside and add the sour cream mixture into the sauce, stirring  until mixture is fully combine with the sauce. 
  • Let it cook on very low heat until the sauce thickens about 3-5 minutes.  Adjust seasonings with salt, stock and pepper to taste.
  • Serve with pasta or rice. 


  1. Feel free to swap chicken thighs with any bone-in and skin-on chicken meat.
  2. Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.


Calories: 578kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 214mg | Sodium: 208mg | Potassium: 727mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2786IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 3mg