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Easy Hungarian Chicken Paprikash Over Egg Noodles (Csirkepaprikás)

A quick and easy Hungarian chicken paprikash recipe using traditional Hungarian sweet paprika… Also known as Chicken Paprikas or Csirkepaprikás, this simple spicy & creamy chicken recipe served over broad egg noodles boasts big flavor!

chicken paprikash over egg noodles on a black plate with a gold fork
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Hungarian Chicken Paprikash

Hungarian food is comfort food at its best… We’re talking rich, flavorful, and satisfying, a stick-to-your-ribs kind of nourishment that is perfect for cold and rainy fall weather.

So it’s only natural that I’ve been craving these familiar recipes from my childhood lately — recipes like this Hungarian fried cabbage and noodles recipe and this cool and creamy Hungarian sour cream cucumber salad. And my very favorite, Hungarian Goulash…

I have to confess, I’ve been holding out on you with my family’s goulash recipe — mainly because my mom was adamantly against sharing it. But I recently caught her in a moment of weakness, and she finally gave me her blessing to post it, so look for that soon!

Today, though, I’ve got a different (but no less amazing) Hungarian recipe for you: chicken paprikash. We’re talking tender pieces of chicken, covered in a thick, rich, and creamy sauce that is flavored with delicate Hungarian sweet paprika — and lots of it!

I like to think of it as the Hungarian version of beef stroganoff… Only with chicken. And spicier.

easy chicken paprikash over egg noodles

Chicken Paprikash Recipe

Chicken paprikash is traditionally served over dumplings (aka spaetzle or spätzle, depending where you hail from) or broad egg noodles.

When I’m making this chicken paprikash recipe on a weeknight — and this is totally a doable weeknight dinner — I go for No Yolks noodles.

My mom was always a fan of these high quality noodles that consistently cook up smooth, firm and fluffy. As am I today! I adore their versatility — they stay firm and delicious in everything from fried cabbage and noodles to chicken noodle soup.

No Yolks noodles are made from egg whites, so they contain no cholesterol and are low in fat and sodium. I use the No Yolks Broad noodles most often, but they also come in Extra Broad, Fine, Kluski, Dumplings, and Stir-Fry cuts — they make a noodle for just about every recipe!

chicken paprikash recipe in a large skillet with a black and white towel

Quick & Easy Hungarian Chicken Paprikash Recipe

I’ll spare you the step-by-step directions on how to make chicken paprikash for the recipe card below, but here’s the main thing to know — you must have good quality Hungarian sweet paprika to make this recipe.

Seriously, NO SUBSTITUTIONS! You can usually find it in the ethnic section of your grocery store, but if not, order some online.

Also, a truly authentic Hungarian chicken paprikash would be made with lard and bone-in chicken legs, thighs, breast, and back. These bone-in cuts take some time to cook through.

So to make this weeknight friendly, I use butter (REAL butter, don’t even think about trying those faux spreads) and a combination of diced chicken breasts and chicken thighs. You still get ALL of the flavor with less mess and fuss!

hungarian chicken paprikash over egg noodles on a black plate with a gold fork

Easy Chicken Paprikash

One bite and I think you’ll fall in love with this easy chicken paprikash, too… I mean chicken, fluffy No Yolks noodles, plus a creamy, spicy sauce — how can you go wrong? Try it ASAP and let me know what you think.

Chicken Paprikas Recipe

Easy Hungarian Chicken Paprikash

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

An easy Hungarian chicken paprikash recipe using traditional Hungarian sweet paprika… Also known as Chicken Paprikas or Csirkepaprikás, this simple spicy & creamy chicken recipe served over broad egg noodles boasts big flavor!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Dice the onion, and cut the chicken breasts and thighs into bite-size chunks.
  2. In a large skillet, sauté the onion in the butter over medium heat until translucent. Meanwhile, toss the diced chicken pieces with about two tablespoons of flour. Add the coated chicken to the pan, and brown on all sides. Once the chicken is browned, add the sweet paprika, salt, and pepper, and stir well.
  3. Slowly add the chicken broth to the pan, and use a wooden spoon to scrape and deglaze the bottom of the skillet. Cover and simmer on low for 25 minutes. While the chicken is simmering, prepare the No Yolks noodles according to the directions on the package.
  4. Remove the chicken to a plate. Whisk about one tablespoon of flour into the drippings left in the skillet to thicken. Turn off the heat and stir in the sour cream. Add the chicken back to the sauce and stir to coat.
  5. Season to taste with additional salt, and serve immediately over broad egg noodles.

Notes

Looking to add a little more heat to your chicken paprikash? Try adding some Hungarian hot paprika! I wouldn’t recommend substituting it for the sweet paprika 1:1, though — it can pack quite a punch. Start with adding a little and increase until you’re happy with the results.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 595Total Fat: 23.5gSaturated Fat: 13.3gCholesterol: 163.8mgSodium: 1019.9mgCarbohydrates: 49.2gFiber: 3.5gSugar: 7.3gProtein: 44.2g

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Are you a pork lover? Then I think you’ll also love these very similar Hungarian sour cream pork chops. Made on the stove top and ready to eat in just about 35 minutes, these tender and juicy pork chops smothered in a spicy & creamy paprika sour cream sauce are sure to be a new family fave!


If you like this chicken paprikash, you might also enjoy these other delicious Hungarian recipes:

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Dory

Monday 20th of June 2022

Did not care for this. the floured chicken reminded me of soggy breading. The flavor was very bland. I even ordered the recommended paprika.. Not a remake.

Kassandra

Tuesday 7th of June 2022

I’m so happy I came across this recipe! I’m first generation Hungarian-American and this was an easy to follow, fool proof recipe that took me back to my child!! Koszonom szepen es jo etvagyat!

Tara Kuczykowski

Wednesday 8th of June 2022

Aww, thank you, Kassandra! I'm so happy you found it and love it, too.

Cayla

Monday 30th of May 2022

This will be my first time making paprikash, do any stores usually carry the correct paprika or is ordering off of Amazon a must?

Zsuzsa

Saturday 4th of June 2022

@Cayla, I order mine from Amazon. Not Szeged, Chili-trade. From Hungary. It's I. Osztalyu Fuzer Paprika Orlemeny. It comes in a white bag.

Tara Kuczykowski

Monday 30th of May 2022

Hi Cayla! The Pride Of Szeged authentic Hungarian paprika I linked to is definitely my favorite. But I've never found it carried in grocery stores around here. My mom has always used Bascom's, and many grocery stores carry it. You can see what it looks like here on the Kroger website.

Kat

Wednesday 11th of May 2022

I honestly make this once a month. Especially if my husband has a business trip, as I can eat it three nights in a row, as I will have leftovers. If he is home, there are no leftovers :(..,, I do sauté some red bell peppers before I sauté the onion and chicken and pull out of the pan before the onion step and add back in with the chicken. At the end. But I love red bell peppers and the idea of adding a veg to this. This dish is almost better the next day as the spices have a chance to develop; but since I eat on it for three days when hubby is out of town this is a benefit. Thanks for the recipe!!!

Tara Kuczykowski

Thursday 12th of May 2022

I'm so happy you love it this much, Kat! Red bell peppers are a great addition. I've stirred a handful of spinach into it also!

Sandy

Sunday 20th of March 2022

This was a really nice dish with nice, soft favors.

Tara Kuczykowski

Monday 21st of March 2022

So glad you enjoyed it, Sandy!

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