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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!

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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 Hungarian fried cabbage and noodles 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.

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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 (which would take far longer 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.

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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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Kisch

Sunday 18th of October 2020

My grandparents are 100% Hungarian. This is how we make it except we make it with dumplings.

Tara Kuczykowski

Sunday 18th of October 2020

Yes, dumplings are SO good with it, too! Definitely worth trying if you have the extra time to make them.

Marianna

Thursday 24th of September 2020

I am from Hungary and the receipt is missing a couple of ingredients examples fresh garlic, some fresh tomato and green peppers. Also, Hungarian people don't cook with butter...they will use sunflower oil nowadays olive oil. Only use water and no chicken broth. If you want spicy tejfolos csirke then you will use some hot Hungarian pepper.

Tara Kuczykowski

Sunday 27th of September 2020

Thanks for sharing, Marianna!

Tammy

Sunday 20th of September 2020

My dad was from Hungary and taught my mom to cook this. I grew up on it, and it is one of my favorite meals. We put it over simple dumplings. My mom also put some green pepper, a little garlic and a little basil in it. Not sure whose idea those additions were, but they're good. Thanks for posting this! :-)

Tara Kuczykowski

Thursday 24th of September 2020

Thanks for the suggestions, Tammy!

Sonia

Sunday 20th of September 2020

How well does this reheat? In case I wanted to have leftovers?

Tara Kuczykowski

Thursday 24th of September 2020

Hi Sonia -- it does reheat well! I would refrigerate the noodles and chicken paprikash separately so that the noodles don't get mushy.

Danielle

Friday 7th of August 2020

I'm Croatian, so I understand the love for paprika and goulash!! Its everything anyone would want! I live in Canada but got some leutschauer paprika pepper seeds from Hungary this year and grew some beautiful peppers. These ones are spicier however, so I'm going to dice some up into the base and use some that I've already dehydrated and ground for spice!yum!

Tara Kuczykowski

Friday 7th of August 2020

This sounds wonderful, Danielle!! I love my dishes on the spicy side, too.

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