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Chicken Paprikash

hicken paprikash is a dish of Hungarian origin and one of the most famous Hungarian stews. Chicken paprikash was my father–in-laws favorite meal. This recipe is to honor his memory by celebrating with food.


  • Prep Time : 20 min
  • Cook Time : 1 hour
  • Ready Time : 1 hour, 20 min


6 Servings


  • 6 -8 pieces of chicken
  • 1 onion
  • 5 carrots
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1/2-1 cup bread crumbs
  • salt, pepper, smoked paprika to taste
  • water or chicken stock


  • 3/4 cup flour – more if needed
  • 2 eggs
  • salt and pepper to taste


Sauté onion in large pot. When onions are translucent add chicken and brown on both sides, turning often. Add the breadcrumbs and seasoning. Once chicken is browned add water or stock to just cover the chicken. Add cut up carrots and celery and cover for an hour.

While chicken is cooking, boil a pot of water, add a pinch of salt. In separate bowl mix eggs, salt and pepper, slowly add the flour mixing the whole time to avoid lumps. Once water is boiled add the flour mixture by teaspoons to the boiling water to form dumplings. The dumpling will sink then float to the top. Boil for about 20 minutes until they are cooked on the inside. Drain the dumplings and add them to the chicken. Cook for an additional 10 minutes for the dumplings to get the flavor of the chicken.

Now you are ready to serve.

This was one of my father-in-laws favorite meals, yet his favorite food was potatoes. So sometimes, my mother in law would add potatoes to the pot as well, to make for a very starchy and scrumptious treat.



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About Linda Lebovic


After many years of staying home with my 4 kids- I decided it was time to expand my horizons. The only paying job I have had in the past 23 years was as a gymnastics teacher 6 hours a week, and that was 18 years ago!!! Being that my youngest is 18-I decided a few years ago-it was time for me to leave the nest, considering my kids were in school full time. I knew a desk job was not for me - and I was not up to date on the latest safety precautions for gymnastic. So I needed to figure out what I wanted to do, and that was the beginning of SWIRL. Swirl is a woman owned small business. I handcraft and design beautiful and top quality serving utensils, glassware and giftware. Swirl sells both in the retail market as well as wholesale. Check us out www.swirlgifts.com




4 Responses to Chicken Paprikash

  1. Yummy looking recipe-can’t wait to try it. Loving tribute to your father-in-law. Sounds like he knew food nourishes the soul!

  2. avatar says: Glikl

    It is a very touching story, and I am sorry for your loss. The dish looks delicious, but it is definitely not a traditional Hungarian chicken paprikash. I am from Hungary and I love that dish. It is a very easy recipe, also suitable for pesach, because the original does not contain any flour, but chicken, onions, garlic, paprika powder, fresh paprika (bell pepper), oil and water. The non-kosher and very Hungarian version contains sour cream as well. I like your recipe so I will try it as well, but I gonna figure out a new name for it. :-)

  3. I haven’t had this dish in such a long time. Our next door neighbor, a Hungarian woman whom we called “Aunt Kate” made it and I remember it being absolutely wonderful. Nice memories for me.

  4. avatar says: Chris

    I was raised in a household ‘governed’ by a my step-dad’s Hungarian mother, and I enjoyed a version of this without the dumplings.
    Later, when I was an adult and running a Renaissance Festival business, I would make this while living on the festival grounds (we had electricity in our live-in booth.)
    I would load up the crockpot with whole chicken leg quarters; sliced onions, carrots, and potatoes; and season simply with salt, pepper, paprika, parsley, basil, and a little garlic powder. Topped with water, and cooked all day while I worked on my business.
    I usually shared this with a sweet elderly woman who also had a live-in booth near my own.
    Great memories…

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