Chicken Paprikash

“Chicken Paprikash is a celebrated Hungarian dish. It is also a traditional Jewish standard served  on Shabbat; though without sour cream. To me it is comfort food of  the finest caliber.”
chicken paprikash

On the coldest of winter evenings when the snow might be piling up, or even on the chilliest night in Phoenix, chicken paprikash is always a welcome food on the dinner table. There are a million versions of chicken paprikash, but they are more alike than different. To bad our world isn’t feeling the same way. Chicken paprikash is kind of a no brainer. Sear your chicken, add some onions, peppers and garlic, a little tomato and paprika and you’ve got it. Simple and savory and with the golden egg noodles, this transports one from a busy day to a relaxing evening.  Or maybe it was the glass of wine that did that.

As a child I wasn’t into anything cooked in a pot. Well, unless perhaps it was spaghetti. I liked food cooked fast. This traditional Shabbat dish wasn’t my style. Thanks goodness my styles have changed. This chicken is easily made and easily reheated to be served later in the day. If you want it more stew like, feel free to add more liquid and let it simmer until the chicken falls off the bones.

chicken paprikash

And those egg noodles? Chicken Paprikash is often served with little egg dumplings. I didn’t get to those. However I will say that any starch works with paprikash. Rice, mashed potatoes or even mashed cauliflower. Myself, I would go with potatoes or the wide egg noodles. I love the papparadelle from Trader Joes. Just sayin’.

I think comfort is what we all need about now. Whether we voted for or against or not at all, it seems we all need some time to adjust. Chicken paprikash may not be the antidote, but let’s all be grateful for where we came from, what we have, and realize we truly are more alike than different. So until things stabilize, I’ll just set my sights on a big bowl of comfort and perhaps a glass of wine. Or two.

chicken paprikash


yield: 4-6 servingsAuthor: Abbe Odenwalderprint recipe

Chicken Paprikash

This soothing dish of braised chicken, paprika, peppers, garlic and onions is perfect for a cold winter night. Served over egg noodles, this chicken is a hit with everyone.
prep time: 40 MINScook time: 35 MINStotal time: 75 mins


  • 4-5 lbs of bone in skinless chicken (dark meat is recommended but I cut up a whole chicken.)
  • 2 t Hungarian paprika, hot, sweet or smoked (I use a combination)
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 c chopped onion
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 2 red or yellow peppers, seeded and sliced
  • 1 14 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 c low sodium chicken broth
  • Fresh chopped parsley
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1-2 c sour cream (optional)
  • 12-16 oz wide egg noodles (I prefer papparadelle from Trader Joes)


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Pat chicken pieces dry. Sprinkle chicken with paprikas and salt and pepper. Feel free to use liberally. (My measurements are just a starting point.) In a Dutch oven, heat oil over medium high heat until shimmering. Brown chicken, in batches if necessary. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  2. Add the onions to the Dutch oven. Season with salt and pepper and cook over medium heat until translucent. Add peppers. Increase to medium high and saute until peppers begin to brown. Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in diced tomatoes and broth and bring to a simmer. Return chicken pieces to Dutch oven and spoon some of the vegetables and sauce over the chicken. Cover the pot and place in oven for about 30 minutes, turning the chicken in the sauce every 10 minutes or so. Check chicken after 30 minutes for doneness.Remove chicken from pot and stir in sour cream if you desire. Personally, I prefer it without.
  4. While chicken is baking prepare your egg noodles. I really love the papparadelle from Trader Joes. Serve chicken and sauce over noodles or dumplings, if you are so inclined. Check for seasoning before serving. Sprinkle well with chopped Italian parsley before serving. I also like to sprinkle with a little extra paprika.
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Another great chicken dish…perfect for winter is Coq Au Vin. Such a classic, too!

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  • Ann Fulton
    February 3, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    This looks so satisfying. Perfect on a cold winter's day!

  • The Black Peppercorn
    February 2, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    oh My – this looks amazing!

  • Life in the Van
    February 2, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    This sounds and looks so good!

  • Moore or Less Cooking Food Blog
    February 2, 2017 at 3:07 am

    I am excited that I have all of the ingredients! Yummy!!

  • Lynn Vining
    February 2, 2017 at 1:25 am


  • Deanna Samaan
    February 1, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    Mmmm this looks so yummy!

  • Anna and Liz Recipes
    January 29, 2017 at 2:56 am

    oh boy, this sounds so good Abbe- chicken smothered in that sauce and served over noodles- it has to be good! It's comfort food at its best- thanks!

  • Adam J. Holland
    January 28, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    I'm a non-observer, and my life is anything but Kosher. Am I allowed to make this anyway? Because this needs to be on my dinner table.

  • GiGi Eats Celebrities
    January 27, 2017 at 1:54 am

    I love love love how creamy this looks! I feel like I can almost SMELL IT from here!!!! <3

  • Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl
    January 26, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    Chicken Paprikash is one of my husband's favorite meals, his Hungarian grandmother used to make it for him all the time. I am always looking for new recipes to try so I can't wait to make this, thank you!

  • Karen (Back Road Journal)
    January 26, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    I've always heard of chicken paprikash but have never tried. I must prepare this as I know my husband and I would both enjoy the dish.

  • Pam
    January 26, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    I love this and know how delicious it is! My best friend's mother made this years ago when we were growing up. It's great and I will be trying your version! Thanks!

  • Karly
    January 26, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    Holy delicious. LOVE all of the bright and bold flavors in here. Such a nice alternative to my traditional staple pasta dishes. Definitely need to try this one soon!

  • SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    January 26, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    What we need now, is Love, Love, Love 😉 And, comforting dishes like this! I love the pappardelle noodles too!

  • Cheri Savory Spoon
    January 26, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    Hi Abbe, my grandmother used to cook with paprika and egg noodles a lot, I used to love her cooking. This looks like a wonderful one pot meal, your pics are gorgeous. I love the papparadelle from Trader Joes too. Take care!

  • Sippity Sup
    January 26, 2017 at 1:35 am

    I recently ate a super spicy version of this dish that didn't seem quite right. I'm sure the paprika was the culprit so I endorse you mixture of varieties to get just the right sweet burn. GREG

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      January 26, 2017 at 4:51 am

      I'm sure paprika was the culprit, but I really think that since this is supposed to be soothing, I agree that I don't think spicy would work well. Thanks Greg!

  • Tania | My Kitchen Stories
    January 26, 2017 at 1:30 am

    I haven't heard of this dish but i know i would love it and yes i agree wouldn't the world be a better place if we all realised there were more similarities than differences. i'm hearin' ya hang in there

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      January 26, 2017 at 4:56 am

      Just hangin' Tania! Not much else to do!

  • Amy (Savory Moments)
    January 26, 2017 at 12:56 am

    This looks fantastic! I'd love this on a cold evening. It's a dish I've been meaning to make.

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      January 26, 2017 at 4:56 am

      Thanks Amy. When you try it let me know how it worked!

  • Gerlinde de Broekert
    January 26, 2017 at 12:40 am

    I never heard of chicken paprikash but it looks delicious, just right for a nasty cold day .

  • Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch)
    January 25, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    Chicken paprikash is perhaps the most delicious thing I've ever eaten in my LIFE. Thanks for the reminder that I need to make it again, and soon.

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      January 26, 2017 at 4:55 am

      Wow Lea Ann! Wish I had that recipe!

  • Holly @
    January 25, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    I love the light in your photos! I have not made this dish before but love the idea of winter comfort foods. I'll let you know how it goes at my house.

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      January 26, 2017 at 4:55 am

      Thanks Holly. My photos are always hit or miss! And I think winter is the perfect time for comfort food!

  • Juliana
    January 25, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    I love this dish, as I was introduced to it many years ago by a Hungarian friend…yours look so good…I would love to try it out…thanks for the recipe Abbe.
    I hope you are having a great week 🙂

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      January 26, 2017 at 4:54 am

      Oh you had the real thing! Bet it was great! Try it out Juliana!

  • Liz Berg
    January 25, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    Thanks for introducing me to this recipe! I've heard of it, but never eaten nor made it. It sounds like delicious comfort food that both Bill and I would adore!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      January 26, 2017 at 4:54 am

      You are welcome Liz! I think Bill would like this one!

  • Kitchen Riffs
    January 25, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Great dish! It's been YEARS since I've had this. And it's really good. You know you have me craving this. I like the dumplings, but noodles are really a good choice too. Hard to decide between them, really. Maybe do both? 🙂

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      January 26, 2017 at 4:53 am

      It has been years since I had it too! I'm all for more starch John!

  • Gingi Freeman
    January 25, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    WHOA. This looks seriously delicious. I gotta pin this for later!!! <3 –

  • Tricia Buice
    January 25, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    Ooohhh this sounds wonderful. Tender, juicy chicken smothered in that sauce – you bet I would love it! Funny how our tastes change as we age – I couldn't eat the way I did as a kid. Sheesh! I think I would have to try the sour cream in this recipe and serve it over noodles. Pure comfort food!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      January 26, 2017 at 4:53 am

      Everyone has their own opinion about sour cream. But to keep kosher there is no mixing of meat and dairy products! Enjoy!