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Milk Street Bowtie Hungarian Chicken Paprikash (Paprikás Csirke)

Hungarian Chicken Paprikash (Paprikás Csirke)

4-6 Servings
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Our version of paprikás csirke, or chicken paprikash, blends techniques from restaurant chefs and home cooks who taught us their recipes during our visit to Budapest, Hungary. We learned that in addition to a generous amount of onion, sautéed until sweet and softened to create a flavor base, there are a couple other keys to achieving fullness and complexity in the iconic dish. Paprika (both sweet and hot) is, of course, a defining ingredient in the dish—one that adds a touch of heat, a rusty hue and thickening power to boot—but multiple forms of capsicums, or peppers, are essential for depth and range of flavor. To that end, we include jarred roasted red peppers, blended to a smooth puree, to bring a silky sweetness, plus a fresh banana (or wax) pepper, finely chopped, for tangy, fruity notes. Additionally, the freshness of the paprika is important. If yours has been in the pantry for a while and has lost its verve (it should be bright red, not dull brown, and full of fragrance), it won’t deliver. Seek out fresh, quality paprika, and in particular look for brands produced in Hungary. With a lush, velvety sauce, paprikash traditionally is served with homemade dumplings called nokedli and a tangy-creamy cucumber salad called uborka saláta that brings brightness and texture.

4-6

Servings

Tip

Don’t stir the sour cream into the chicken mixture while still on the heat. Remove the pot from the burner, push the chicken to the sides and whisk the sour cream and the remaining pepper puree into the braising liquid in the center. This technique gently warms the sour cream so it won’t separate.

½ cup drained jarred roasted red peppers
2 tablespoons lemon juice, divided
4 teaspoons hot paprika, divided
1 teaspoon white sugar
Kosher salt and ground black pepper
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
1 ripe medium tomato, cored and chopped
2 banana peppers or wax peppers, 1 stemmed, seeded and finely chopped, 1 stemmed, seeded and thinly sliced, reserved separately
¼ cup sweet paprika
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed
¾ cup sour cream
Hungarian dumplings, to serve
Cucumber salad with sour cream, to serve
Ingredients
  • ½

    cup drained jarred roasted red peppers

  • 2

    tablespoons lemon juice, divided

  • 4

    teaspoons hot paprika, divided

  • 1

    teaspoon white sugar

  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper

  • 1

    tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1

    large yellow onion, finely chopped

  • 1

    ripe medium tomato, cored and chopped

  • 2

    banana peppers or wax peppers, 1 stemmed, seeded and finely chopped, 1 stemmed, seeded and thinly sliced, reserved separately

  • ¼

    cup sweet paprika

  • 2

    cups low-sodium chicken broth

  • 3

    pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed

  • ¾

    cup sour cream

Directions

Hungarian Chicken Paprikash (Paprikás Csirke)

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Reviews
Cortney M.
January 6, 2023
Loved it
Should have thickened the sauce a little. everything else was amazing . Best paprikash recipe yet.
Shelagh S.
December 10, 2022
Definitely a keeper?
This turned out great — layers of flavor from the various types of pepper. Putting in my regular rotation.
Michelle K.
November 6, 2022
Great flavor
Made this the first time for company. Everyone loved it. It was delicious. My sister had made it and with her input, I made a few changes. First step 3 is repeated as step four. I lightly floured then browned the chicken. I only used 3/4 of one pepper, I felt that two would be too spicy for us. I also cook the sauce down quite a bit before last step.
Rose H.
October 31, 2022
Hungarian chicken Paprikash
I’ve been making my german grandmother’s chicken paprika recipe (with cucumber salad and spaetzles) my whole life, this was much better and my new favorite! Thank you Milk Street.
Mcdowell F.
October 28, 2022
Fabulous
Took the chicken out after the recommended amount of braising and then reduced the sauce. Made mashed potatoes and the cucumber, onion, sour cream salad. Was fabulous