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Chicken Paprika

This Hungarian dish is usually served with a side of rice or potatoes and plenty of crusty bread for dipping!

One of the most internationally recognized dishes from Hungary, chicken paprika is an excellent choice for those who are just getting into Hungarian food because it's so universally appealing. For a mere $25 you can get your hands on this delicious dish at a restaurant in the heart of Budapest's City Center.
Soups in Hungary, especially lecso, are often made with sour cream. This particular soup has a slightly more spicy kick to it due to the paprika. There is also a great variety of toppings available at this restaurant that can be added to the soup such as grated cheese, roasted potatoes, or fried onions.

Summary: Chicken Paprika served with rice. The chicken is seasoned and then quickly baked in the oven with tomatoes and paprika.

Chicken Paprika


1 large chicken, jointed (or use 2 large chicken legs and 2 breasts, halved)


2 tbsp olive oil

knob butter

1 onion, chopped

2-3 cloves garlic, chopped

2 tbsp sweet paprika, or 1 tbsp each sweet and hot paprika

1 tbsp flour

285ml/½pint chicken stock

3 tbsp chopped fresh flatleaf parsley

2 red peppers, seeds removed and cut into 1cm/0.5in strips

4 large ripe tomatoes, roughly chopped

250ml/8fl oz soured cream


Rub the chicken pieces with salt. Heat the oil and butter in a large heavy-bottomed pan and brown the chicken all over for a few minutes. Remove the chicken from the pan and set to one side.

To the same pan, add the onions and garlic and sweat for about 5 minutes. Add the paprika, then the flour, and stir until combined - take care not to burn it.

Add the stock and stir. Return the chicken pieces to the pan, adding a bit more stock if the mixtures seems too dry. Add half of the parsley and bring to the boil. Add the red pepper strips, reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and simmer gently for about 1 hour.

When the chicken is cooked, remove the pan from the heat. Stir in the sour cream and the remaining parsley. Check the seasoning and serve.

Chicken Paprika

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