Chicken Paprikash (Paprikás Csirke)

  • Serves

    serves 4-6


Chicken is braised in a brick-red sauce of sweet paprika and chicken stock in our version of a classic Hungarian dish.


  • 14 cup lard or canola oil
  • 1 (3-4 lb.) chicken, cut into 8 pieces
  • 1 large yellow onion, minced
  • 3 tbsp. Hungarian sweet paprika, plus more for garnish
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 plum tomatoes, cored, seeded, and cut into 1" pieces
  • 1 Italian frying pepper, stemmed, seeded, and cut into 1" pieces
  • 12 cup sour cream, for serving
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


Step 1

Melt lard or heat oil in a 6-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Working in batches, cook, flipping once, until browned, 8–10 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate; set aside. Add onion to pan; cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 8 minutes. Add paprika; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Return chicken and its juices to the pan. Add stock, tomatoes, and Italian frying pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, partially covered, until chicken is fully cooked, about 30 minutes. Transfer chicken and sauce to a serving platter; spoon sour cream over top and garnish with more paprika.

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