This mouth-watering Paprika Chicken is the perfect way to bring warmth and comfort to your meals. We can hardly think of anything better to enjoy on those cold winter nights than this golden-brown chicken covered in a hearty, aromatic sauce.
Today’s paprika chicken recipe is a fitting choice for a chilly winter night. Originating in Hungary, this dish uses various seasonings to make a unique sauce for chicken.
For the most authentic experience, our recipe features most of the ingredients in the original dish. Paprika chicken may be a bit peculiar or even intense at first, but we believe the Hungarian charm of this dish will turn you around and leave you wanting more.
What Does Paprika Chicken Taste Like?
The dish is paprika chicken, and you can be sure its namesake dictates the overall flavor profile.
Paprika chicken is spicy due to many hot ingredients like chili powder, red pepper flakes, and paprika. The intensity can be a bit too much for some people, which is why this dish is especially fitting for cold weather.
On the other hand, heavy cream gives the sauce a soothing effect that nicely balances out the heat.
Is This Recipe Healthy?
Yes, paprika chicken is healthy.
This dish has only 461 calories and 6.4 g of saturated fat in each serving, which are decent numbers for a dish with a creamy sauce. Following suit, the amount of sodium is kept to 576 mg per serving. All nutrients in this recipe are kept within the limits of our nutrition guidelines.
Thanks to the chicken thighs, there are 37.7 g of lean protein in each serving. Meanwhile, potatoes add some much-needed fiber, vitamins, and minerals to this dish.
Ingredients You Will Need
Our choice for this recipe is skinless boneless chicken thighs for their tenderness. However, you can make paprika chicken with any other cut. Keeping the chicken’s moisture won’t be a problem because you’re cooking it in a broth.
The sauce is made from the seasoning and broth. The seasoning blend for the chicken includes white wine, paprika, Cajun seasoning, dried oregano, red pepper flakes, chili powder, salt, and pepper. As evidenced by the list, this sauce is spicy, but we can assure you that the flavors are more layered on the plate.
Chicken broth and heavy cream come in to balance out the spiciness. These two ingredients combine to give the sauce a thicker consistency and soothing creaminess.
Some types of starch work incredibly well with the paprika sauce, so for this recipe, we go with mashed potatoes. Not only do they add fiber to the meal, but mashed potatoes can also absorb the sauce, making them more flavorful. Therefore, there’s no need to add any seasoning to the potatoes.
How to Store and Reheat the Leftovers
Chicken paprika should last for 3 to 4 days in the fridge and up to 3 months in the freezer. Make sure to transfer the leftovers to an airtight container before storing them.
You can reheat the dish in the microwave or on the stovetop. Reheat on medium-low heat to ensure that the sauce doesn’t break. Stir frequently while heating and remove from the heat when warm through.
Add a few tbsp of chicken broth into the leftovers if the sauce gets too thin.
What to Serve With
A fresh salad will be perfect alongside this paprika chicken. These are our recommendations.
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24 oz skinless boneless chicken thighs (cut into chunks)
1 tbsp paprika
24 oz potatoes (cut into cubes)
2 oz onion (chopped)
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp garlic (minced)
1/2 cup unsalted chicken broth
1/2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 fl oz white wine
4 tbsp heavy cream
1/2 tsp thyme
1 tsp Cajun seasoning
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/4 cup cilantro (finely chopped)
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
Cut the chicken: Cut the pieces of chicken thighs into large equal chunks.
Cut the potatoes: Peel the potatoes. Cut them into 1/4-inch slices, cut the slices into fingers, and cut the fingers into cubes.
Mince the garlic: Slice off the root part of the cloves and peel the skin. Mince them with a garlic mincer or a knife.
Chop the onions: Cut the onion in half and peel the skin. Keeping the root intact, make a crosshatch pattern on the onion half with horizontal and vertical cuts. Slice the onion half to get even cubes.
Chop the cilantro: Bunch the cilantro together and chop finely.
Microwave the potatoes: Put 24 oz potatoes in a large bowl. Cover it with plastic wrap and microwave for 12 minutes.
Caramelize the garlic and onion: Meanwhile, prepare a hot pan over medium heat. Add 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp garlic, 2 oz onion, and 1/2 tsp thyme. Stir for 1 minute to caramelize.
Stir in the flour: Add 1/2 tbsp of all-purpose flour to the caramelized garlic and onion. Stir for 30 seconds.
Sauté the chicken: Add 24 oz chicken thighs and sauté for 5 minutes.
Season the chicken: Add 1 fl oz white wine, 1 tbsp paprika, 1 tsp Cajun seasoning, 1 tsp dried oregano, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp ground black pepper, and 1/4 tsp chili powder. Stir for 2 minutes to combine.
Cook the chicken in the broth: Add 1/2 cup of unsalted chicken broth and 4 tbsp heavy cream. Let the chicken cook over low heat for 10 minutes.
Mash the potatoes.
Garnish and serve: Sprinkle with 1/4 cup of cilantro and 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes. Serve the chicken in the sauce with the mashed potatoes.
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 461Calories from Fat 179
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 6.4g
Trans Fat 0.2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.8g
Monounsaturated Fat 8.9g
Vitamin A 1671.8IU
Vitamin C 19.2mg
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
Luna Regina is an accomplished writer and author who dedicates her career to empowering home cooks and making cooking effortless for everyone. She is the founder of HealthyKitchen101.com and HealthyRecipes101.com, where she works with her team to develop easy, nutritious recipes and help aspiring cooks choose the right kitchen appliances.