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Easy Chicken Paprikash with Dumplings
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Easy Chicken Paprikash with Dumplings, a flavourful Hungarian dish ideal for a midweek dinner. It's ready in about 30 minutes, and can be enjoyed by the whole family. No need for a side dish either, the dumplings make it a complete meal. Simple, easy to make and delicious!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Hungarian
Keyword: chicken thigh recipes
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 787 kcal
Author: Daniela Apostol
For the paprikash
  • 4 chicken thighs (bone-in, skin-on)
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 onions
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tbsp Hungarian paprika
  • 2 cups hot water (or chicken stock/broth)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
For the dumplings
  • 1 egg
  • 5 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • a pinch of salt
  1. To make the paprikash, heat up the oil, season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper, and fry on both sides until light brown.

  2. Remove from the pan and set aside.

  3. Peel and chop the onions, and add them to the pan (add more oil if necessary), and fry on a low to medium heat until golden.

  4. Add the garlic and paprika, bring the chicken thighs back in, add the water, tomato sauce and leave to cook on a medium heat with the lid on until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce is reduced.

  5. Meanwhile, make the dumplings. Beat the egg well with a hand mixer until foamy, add the oil and sifted flour, and mix well to get a smooth paste.

  6. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil, and use a spoon to scoop out about 5-6 balls from the flour paste.

  7. Drop them in the water, and cook for 2-3 minutes until they triple their volume and are soft and fluffy.

  8. Season the sauce with salt, pepper and thyme, add the dumplings to the chicken, and garlish with fresh parsley.

Recipe Notes

Check the post for more tips on how to make the best paprikash with dumplings.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Chicken Paprikash with Dumplings
Amount Per Serving
Calories 787 Calories from Fat 486
% Daily Value*
Fat 54g83%
Saturated Fat 22g110%
Cholesterol 303mg101%
Sodium 522mg22%
Potassium 887mg25%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 44g88%
Vitamin A 3945IU79%
Vitamin C 13mg16%
Calcium 97mg10%
Iron 5.4mg30%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.