Chicken in paprika sauce in a skillet.

Chicken Paprikash

This Chicken Paprikash is a homemade version of the popular Hungarian dish, made as close to authentic as possible, with a handful of ingredients. Comforting, rich and flavorful, this chicken dinner is bound to be a favorite!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Hungarian
Keyword chicken paprikash, paprika chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 535 kcal
Author Anna


  • 2 tablespoon olive oil divided
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 bone-in chicken thighs see notes
  • 1 cup chopped red bell or sweet pepper
  • 3 tablespoons sweet paprika Hungarian style
  • 1 large yellow onion sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 ½ cup chicken stock or broth
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch optional
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • chopped parsley for garnish
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  1. First, trim the excess fat and remove skin from the chicken pieces. Season with salt and pepper, on both sides.
  2. Heat up oil and butter in a large skillet.
  3. Brown chicken on both sides, about 6 minutes each. This is building flavor, so make sure it is nice and brown. Remove chicken onto a plate. Set aside.
  4. Add garlic, onion and pepper to the pan. Saute until the onion is translucent.
  5. Lower the heat to medium-low. Add more oil to the pan and stir in.
  6. Add paprika and stir in. Cook the mixture for about 1 minute. This activates the spice.
  7. Return the chicken to the pan. Add 1 cup of the stock, stir in. Bring the mixture to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer. Cook the dish for 30 minutes.

  8. Check the internal temperature of the chicken. It should be at least 165° F. Remove chicken onto a plate.

  9. Mix cornstarch or flour with water and add to the pan. Stir in and cook until it thickens. Add more stock if you want more sauce.
  10. Remove the pan from heat and let the sauce cool for about 5 minutes. You do not want it to simmer.
  11. Add sour cream and stir in. Return the chicken to the sauce.
  12. Garnish with chopped parsley.
  13. Serve with egg noodles, mashed potatoes, roasted potatoes or even rice. Pour the sauce generously over the chicken.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Paprikash
Amount Per Serving
Calories 535 Calories from Fat 369
% Daily Value*
Fat 41g63%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 167mg56%
Sodium 852mg37%
Potassium 670mg19%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 4131IU83%
Vitamin C 50mg61%
Calcium 70mg7%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.