Chicken Paprikash

Made with sweet paprika and chicken thighs, this recipe for chicken paprikash is both flavorful and affordable.

By Yankee Magazine

Jan 31 2020


Chicken Paprikash

Photo Credit : Michael Piazza

Paprika, a powder made from dried peppers, is the star seasoning in this chicken paprikash recipe; we used sweet paprika, but you can find it in smoked and very spicy varieties. Chicken thighs are gaining a lot of popularity of late, owing to the discovery that they’re moister and more flavorful than breast meat, and as a bonus, are often on sale.

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6 servings


1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon kosher or sea salt, plus extra to taste
6 bone-in chicken thighs (about 3 pounds), skin on
1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
4 plum tomatoes, peeled, cored, seeds discarded, chopped
4 Hungarian peppers (or substitute 2 bell peppers plus 1 jalapeño), roughly chopped
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sweet paprika
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1-1/2 cups low-sodium chicken stock
3/4 cup sour cream
Fresh parsley, roughly chopped
Cooked rice or dumplings


Pour vegetable oil into a large Dutch oven or other heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Add chicken and brown well on each side, about 4—5 minutes per side (the skin should be crisp). Don’t overcrowd the pot; cook in batches if necessary.

Remove to a plate. Discard all but 1 tablespoon of fat from pot.

Reduce heat to medium-low; add onion and salt to pot and cook until just translucent, about 5 minutes.

Stir in garlic, tomatoes, peppers, flour, paprika, and pepper; cook, stirring often, about 5 minutes.

Return chicken and any juices to pot. Add stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Cook 15 minutes; then turn chicken. Simmer until chicken is fully cooked, 10-12 minutes more.

In a medium-size bowl, whisk together sour cream and 1 cup sauce from the pot.

Remove pot from heat and stir sour cream mixture into sauce. Taste and add extra salt as needed. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve with rice or dumplings.