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Chicken Paprika (Hungarian Chicken Paprikash)

Chicken Paprika – Hungarian Chicken Paprikash is chicken, onions, peppers in a sour cream sauce with a healthy dose of paprika.Chicken Paprika - Hungarian Chicken Paprikash is chicken, onions, peppers in a sour cream sauce with a healthy dose of paprika ~ The Complete Savorist Do you remember that episode of the TV show Friends where one of the characters, Monica Gellar,  reminisces about her love of sour cream? Well, let’s just say that particular episode, I could strongly relate to.

Anything that calls for sour cream, in any quantity, is pretty much a sure bet I will love it.

A few years ago my grandma gave me a European cookbook she acquired back in the 70’s or 80’s. It covers a lot of cuisines I hope to experience first hand one day, but in the meantime I can travel all over Europe (mostly eastern Europe) in this one book. I tend to read my cookbooks like regular books.Chicken Paprika - Hungarian Chicken Paprikash is chicken, onions, peppers in a sour cream sauce with a healthy dose of paprika ~ The Complete Savorist I put strips of paper to mark things I’d like to try (or try to adapt). Well, I recently was in California and picked up a large jar of Hungarian Sweet Paprika.  This I could have acquired it at home, but I got it there for no apparent reason.This is my second dish where paprika is the star lately. When I was thinking about what to make with it, I remembered I had seen a recipe for Chicken Paprika in the European cookbook, so I grabbed the book, found the recipe, and decided to adapt it slightly. You can see the original recipe in the picture below.Chicken Paprika - Hungarian Chicken Paprikash is chicken, onions, peppers in a sour cream sauce with a healthy dose of paprika ~ The Complete SavoristWhile I was making it, Elizabeth came in and thought I was making chicken tikka masala, her favorite Indian dish. She was disappointed. After she recovered, she enjoyed the dish. So for me, Elizabeth liking it and it having a lot of sour cream makes it a full winner in my book .

A note about paprika. There are many varieties out there; sweet, smokey, spicy. I used 2 tsp sweet and 1/2 tsp of regular McCormick brand paprika, which has a bit more spiciness to it than sweet. Use your favorite but add slowly, and allow the flavors to meld as it will intensify as it cooks.CChicken Paprika - Hungarian Chicken Paprikash is chicken, onions, peppers in a sour cream sauce with a healthy dose of paprika ~ The Complete Savorist

Chicken Paprika (Hungarian Chicken Paprikash)

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Hungarian
Author: Michelle De La Cerda
Chicken Paprika - Hungarian Chicken Paprikash is chicken, onions, peppers in a sour cream sauce with a healthy dose of paprika
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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 onion , thinly sliced
  • 1 large , 2 medium red bell peppers, thinly sliced
  • 2 chicken breasts; cut to chunky strips (close to "nugget size")
  • 1/4 tsp salt; to taste
  • 1/4 black pepper; to taste
  • 2 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 3/4 cup sour cream

Instructions

  1. In a large pan, heat the oil and butter over medium-high heat.
  2. Once the oil and butter have combined and is hot, sauté the onions and peppers for 3-5 minutes or until they are soft and begin to brown.
  3. Add the chicken and allow it to brown and begin to cook, at least 5 minutes.
  4. Add the salt and pepper, starting with 1/8 of a tsp.
  5. Add the paprika and mix well.
  6. Once the paprika has been mixed in, add the sour cream.
  7. Reduce heat to medium-low, allowing the sour cream to blend and become a sauce.
  8. Taste for salt and pepper, adding more if needed.
  9. Cover and cook until the chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes.
  10. Garnish with fresh parsley or cilantro, if desired.
  11. Serve and enjoy (over egg noodles)

Chicken Paprika - Hungarian Chicken Paprikash is chicken, onions, peppers in a sour cream sauce with a healthy dose of paprika ~ The Complete Savorist Chicken Paprika - Hungarian Chicken Paprikash is chicken, onions, peppers in a sour cream sauce with a healthy dose of paprika ~ The Complete Savorist Chicken Paprika - Hungarian Chicken Paprikash is chicken, onions, peppers in a sour cream sauce with a healthy dose of paprika ~ The Complete Savorist hicken Paprika - Hungarian Chicken Paprikash ~ The Complete Savorist**This recipe is naturally gluten free, pictured with egg noodles which are not, so prepare this Chicken Paprika (Hungarian Chicken Paprikash) with gluten free noodles or over rice. Chicken Paprika - Hungarian Chicken Paprikash is chicken, onions, peppers in a sour cream sauce with a healthy dose of paprika ~ The Complete Savorist

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28 Comments

  • Reply
    Felicity Kayne
    June 10, 2015 at 8:12 am

    Oooh yum, I also love sour cream! Though I’d probably be more likely to serve the chicken with rice, rather than pasta.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      June 13, 2015 at 10:49 am

      Rice works perfectly too!

  • Reply
    Maureen
    June 10, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    I love sour cream too! And oh my goodness! This looks so great! It’s mouthwatering and very attractive! Chicken and pasta are perfect match. Delicious!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      June 13, 2015 at 10:50 am

      Thank you so much Maureen.

  • Reply
    Sandi Gaertner (@sandigtweets)
    June 12, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Beautiful chicken recipe….super easy to convert to gluten free.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      June 13, 2015 at 10:51 am

      Omit noodles, use rice. Done. 🙂

  • Reply
    Betty
    June 15, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    That looks great Michelle. I remember when I was in high school cooking class I had to make a dish almost like yours and it was very good. Must try yours.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      June 15, 2015 at 9:06 pm

      Hope it brings back great memories for you.

  • Reply
    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    June 17, 2015 at 5:06 am

    Paprika of any variety will always have my heart! Smoked is my favorite though!

  • Reply
    Christie
    June 17, 2015 at 10:08 am

    I read my cookbooks like regular books too! Love them. This recipe sounds amazing. Need to see if this cookbook is still in print.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      June 17, 2015 at 10:10 am

      It has many great treasures in it.

  • Reply
    Alisa @ Go Dairy Free
    June 17, 2015 at 10:17 am

    This is just stunning Michelle! It’s been ages since I’ve made a paprikash – I think it needs to go on the menu soon!

  • Reply
    Kristen
    June 17, 2015 at 7:06 pm


    I love this old recipe! I might need to try it! I love goulash!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      June 18, 2015 at 2:15 pm

      I need to make an authentic goulash…thanks for the push.

  • Reply
    Catherine
    June 19, 2015 at 4:45 am

    Dear Michelle, how gorgeous! This looks absolutely mouthwatering…I love the flavor profile. This is right up my alley. xo, Catherine

    • Reply
      Michelle
      June 19, 2015 at 2:50 pm

      Catherine, thank you so much.

  • Reply
    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    June 19, 2015 at 5:37 am

    Not even kidding you, Paprikash is my new favourite word. This looks SO good- I love paprika and I love chicken.

    PS- I hope Italy gave you some cheeky recipe inspiration! 😉

    • Reply
      Michelle
      June 19, 2015 at 2:59 pm

      Thanks Arman….plenty of Italian to come.

  • Reply
    Kennedy Cole@Kcole's Creative Corner
    June 19, 2015 at 6:58 pm


    MMM! I love paprika! This dish looks so elegant and decadent! And the picture is absolutely gorgeous! Th bell pepper is such a nice addition; I LOVE peppers!

    I recently made a southern cooking and baking blog.
    https://kcolescreativecorner.com
    I would greatly appreciate it if you would check it out!
    Thanks so much!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      June 20, 2015 at 12:07 am

      Thank you Kennedy, I’ll pop over and take a look.

  • Reply
    Christina @ Christina's Cucina
    June 22, 2015 at 12:32 am

    What a wonderful and simple dish! This would be perfect for a weeknight meal and for company on weekends! Yum!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      June 22, 2015 at 10:14 am

      Thank you Christina, is really is a quick dish to put together.

  • Reply
    Derek
    June 25, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Now this is what I’m talking about! It looks phenomenal!

  • Reply
    Nettie Moore
    July 22, 2015 at 8:59 pm


    I love that cookbook, love chicken paprikash! Nettie

    • Reply
      Michelle
      July 23, 2015 at 10:59 am

      Do you have that cookbook?

  • Reply
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