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Hungarian Chicken Paprikash

  • Author: Naomi
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


Chicken Paprikash and Dumplings is a classic Hungarian dish that combines tender, paprika-infused chicken with soft, pillowy dumplings. This recipe is a celebration of traditional Hungarian flavors, featuring a rich, creamy sauce made vibrant with the use of authentic Hungarian paprika.


For the Chicken:
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons Hungarian paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 pounds chicken pieces (legs, thighs, breast)
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup sour cream
For the Dumplings:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  • Add onions and garlic, cooking until softened. Stir in paprika, salt, and pepper.
  • Add chicken pieces to the pot, browning on all sides.
  • Pour in chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 45 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
  • Remove chicken from the pot and stir in sour cream to the liquid to make the sauce.
  • Return chicken to the pot to warm through.
  • For the dumplings, mix flour, eggs, water, and salt in a bowl until a sticky dough forms.
  • Drop teaspoonfuls of dough into boiling salted water.
  • Cook until they rise to the surface, then remove with a slotted spoon.
  • Serve chicken and sauce over dumplings, garnished with additional sour cream if desired.


  • Paprika Quality: The quality of the paprika is crucial in this recipe. Authentic Hungarian paprika offers a depth of flavor that is hard to replicate with other varieties.
  • Chicken Choices: While the recipe calls for a mix of chicken pieces, you can opt for just thighs or breasts if preferred. Bone-in pieces provide more flavor, but boneless can be used for convenience.
  • Dumpling Consistency: The dumpling dough should be sticky but manageable. If it’s too dry, add a bit more water; if too wet, add a little more flour.
  • Sour Cream Alternatives: If you’re looking for a lighter version, you can use light sour cream or a dairy-free alternative. However, this might slightly alter the traditional taste and texture.
  • Spice Adjustments: Feel free to adjust the amount of paprika to suit your taste. For a spicier kick, add a pinch of cayenne pepper.
  • Storing and Reheating: This dish stores well in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently on the stove, adding a bit of broth if the sauce has thickened.
  • Serving Suggestions: Serve with a side of pickled vegetables or a light salad to balance the richness of the dish.
  • Gluten-Free Option: For a gluten-free version, use a gluten-free flour blend for the dumplings and ensure all other ingredients are gluten-free.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Chicken
  • Cuisine: Hungarian


  • Calories: 560 kcal per serving