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Hungarian Cooking: Famous Chicken Paprikash
The Traditional Hungarian Chicken Dish with a Paprika Sauce
Would you like a recipe for chicken that is easy to make, cooks up in an hour, and is great enough to serve proudly to company? You would? Then this recipe for Chicken Paprikash should really be on your list of new dishes to try. Of course, if you have a Hungarian heritage like I do, it is already one of your family's favorite meals.
There are many ways to tweak this recipe. Some cooks add garlic, potatoes, a little tomato, and change around the basic method of simmering the bone-in chicken pieces, but this is the recipe I have used, and yes, I mix it around a little, but basically my way is as simple as possible.
The one thing that true Chicken Paprikash must always have is authentic Hungarian paprika. It is always a more tender and rich flavor than with paprika grown anywhere else in the world.
Here is my recipe, but with links to many renditions of this well loved dish, because they might tickle you taste buds with their variations. The fine points of Hungarian paprika are included for the true gourmet in you. Enjoy!
Chicken Paprikash for Company
Arguably the most loved and famous of Hungarian entrees
A dish as traditional as Chicken paprikas is going to have more than one rendition. Try this one for company, it is the classic way to prepare this Hungarian favorite.
Always use real Hungarian paprika, and not just any store bought brand for the true flavor of Hungarian paprikas.
- 2 1/2 to 3 lb. cut up chicken
- flour to dredge (optional)
- 1 stick butter or 1/2 c. cooking oil
- 1 large onion -sliced or chopped
- 1 red sweet pepper or Hungarian banana peppers chopped or sliced (optional)
- 2 to 3 TBSP Hungarian sweet paprika
- 2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- water to cover (1 cup or more)
- 1 pt. dairy sour cream
- Sauté sliced onion and the sweet pepper strips in the butter or oil until tender; remove and set aside.
- Brown chicken (optionally dredged in flour) in the large frying pan used to sauté the onion and pepper.
- Cook at moderate heat, add onions and water, then sprinkle with salt, pepper, and paprika.
- Cook until tender; remove to warm serving plate.
- Add sour cream to make sauce (use low heat so as to not curdle the sour cream). Adjust flavor with additional seasoning, spice or salt.
- Serve sauce over the chicken on a bed of cooked noodles.
Please Rate My Hungarian Chicken Recipe
Paprikash or Paprikàs?
What difference does an "h" make? Not much. Drop the "h", add an accent mark with the diacritical " à " for the Hungarian spelling.
Real Hungarian Paprika
Never substitute other paprika if you wish to have the deliciously subtle taste of this authentic chickendish.
Which Do You Prefer?
Like my Mother and Grandma Used to Make
From my posting on Facebook Hungarian Recipes.
This can cook in the oven at low temperatures until you eat it (slow cooked), and is probably fine for a slow cooker, although we always baked it in a glass roasting/baking pan and a large Dutch oven is fine, too.
- 2 1/2 to 3 lb. chicken -cut up
- 1 large onion, sliced
- 4 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered
- 1 green pepper (or any sweet pepper), sliced
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup cooking oil
- 3 to 4 TBSP Hungarian paprika
- Water to cover, (about 2-3 cups)
- Salt and pepper to taste
Brown the Chicken in oil, with salt and pepper, first, to give the skin a nice color.
- Brown the chicken pieces in oil; add to baking pan with quartered potatoes.
- Cook onions and green peppers in chicken drippings until soft. Add to chicken in baking pan.
- Add water. Sprinkle liberally with paprika, season with salt and pepper. Bake @ 350 degrees for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until done.
- You can toss in a tomato or two, if you wish.
- Serve with or without noodles.
- Especially good served with slices of homemade bread!!!!
Of course, you may use any type of egg noodle, but Chicken Paprikash tastes special with homemade little spaetzle-ype noodles. So easy, too!
You can use any recipe for Spaetzle or Nokedli dumplings.
- 3 cups flour
- 2 egg
- a little water added slowly
- Mix ingredients together to a medium stiff dough. Place on a cutting board and use a knife to separate off little 1/4 inch dumplings into simmering stew or boiling water. When they rise to top they are done.
- Dough may also be rolled into lump and grated into the broth using a large-holed grater.
My Paprikash Pan
My Favorite Cooking Pan - An Everyday Pan
I used to use a Dutch oven for making the hearty stews like Chicken Paprikash, or sometimes a deep sided fryer, but once I purchased an I fell in love with the way it cooks and serves this kind of meal beautifully. Everyday pan
Using a large attractive pan to prepare the meal means that it can be served attractively at the table, no need to plate separately.
The pan above is the exact one I own, it has a tempered glass cover and is made of aluminum encased in stainless steel. its sloping sides and flat bottom are great on my glass top cooking surface.
Why I Love to Prepare Chicken This Way
Why All My Friends Love to eat It, Too
In the Magyar language this dish is known as "Csirkepaprikas", a staple recipe that can be dressed up enough for company or easy enough for regular family meals.
It may be served as a family dish with the meat picked off of the bone with more sauce. Classically, pieces of bone-in chicken are served on a platter, with a reduced sauce, thickened with sour cream, spooned over the top of noodles.
Freshly prepared noodles are preferred, but any good egg noodles will be almost as delicious.
The flavors of this dish are outstanding, the method of cooking is easy, and the ingredients are quite simple. That makes it an ingenious choice to add to your cooking repertoire.
If you are a busy mom, what is better loved than a dinner that is easy to make and doesn't take too long, but can be slow cooked, too? Reheated, it is even better.
I love the fact that the flavors are different enough to pique the tastebuds of most everyone, yet appeals to most palates, as well.
What to Serve with Paprikash?
These are the side dishes that complement the chicken.
Every family has a favorite way of making this famous and delicious dish. Online I've seen white wine added to the sauce, tomato puree and other variations. My family also had a version which I call "Homestyle Chicken Paprikash", which includes tomatoes and potatoes and dispenses with the sour cream thickening, at times. But the recipe for what I consider the best chicken paprikash is the first one posted here, the one I revert to when I want my own idea of comfort food.
My favorite menu
- Chicken Paprikash
- Cucumber salad
- Relish dish
- Apple cake
The cucumber salad recipe is found on my page of famous Hungarian food.
Your Favorite Hungarian Paprika - Hot, Sweet, or Smoked
Which is your favorite Hungarian paprika flavor?
Sliced onions are not only easiest, they are best. Forget mincing or chopping. Tomato sauce is for goulash, let the taste of the paprika and peppers reign in this dish. Stir a little of the chicken juices into the sour cream before adding it to make the final gravy.
Don't ever let Paprika burn.
Types of Hungarian Paprika - I prefer the Sweet for my Paprikash
The two most famous growing regions are Kalocsa and Szeged; you will notice they lend their names to brands of Hungarian paprika.
- Extra special (Extra különleges)
- Special (különleges)
- Delicatess (Csemege)
- Noble sweet (Édesnemes)
- Rose (Rózsa)
How do you like your Chicken Paprikash?
Learn How To Make Chicken Paprikash - As easy as it looks- and absolutely delicious
These are variations. I don't think you should add tomato sauce - that is more of a goulash type of dish, and prefer the simple recipe with less steps and less ingredients. I do sometimes add a tomato or two.
Hungarian Chicken Recipe Links - Other Paprikash Recipes
- Chicken Paprikash Recipe - Saveur.com
This braised chicken dish is based on a recipe we got from home cook Olga Kolozy.
- Sofia's Chicken Paprikash Recipe | Eating Well
Brilliant red paprika, the main seasoning in Hungarian cooking, gives this light version of chicken paprikash its color. Vary the heat by using hot, s