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Chicken Paprika with Homemade Dumplings

Chicken Paprika! Chicken PapRIKa! CHICKEN PAPRIKA! With homemade dumplings. Can you say comfort food?

When I was growing up, my mom would make this dish all the time. It was a favorite in our house. She always served her chicken paprika over wide, slippery egg noodles to soak up all the creamy delicious sauce. It was one of my most beloved childhood meals.

But then I grew up, moved out and forgot about ol’ chicken paprika. I never see it on any dinner menus and my mom is now 3,000 miles too far to make it for me. Boo.

I had some chicken defrosting in the fridge a few days ago and half a container of sour cream left over from my last chili making adventure, and instantly chicken paprika popped into my head! What a perfect meal to make on a chilly Fall night. Easy, too! You really only need a few ingredients for this one: chicken (duh), paprika (double duh), onion, garlic, sour cream and chicken broth. I’m willing to bet many of us have those ingredients in your kitchen right now.

Want me to wait while you check?

Okay good, we’re back.

I like to serve my chicken paprika with dumplings because, well, dumplings make just about anything better. And these dumplings are so quick and easy to make that they probably take the exact amount of time it takes to bring water to a boil and cook egg noodles. No lie. They’re like rustic homemade noodles without a fancy pasta maker.

So good. Sometimes I think I could live off dumplings alone. But then I remember how much I love chocolate….and grapefruits…and bread….and wine.

You get the point.

Chicken Paprika with Homemade Dumplings

serves 4

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1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite sized pieces

2 tbsp olive oil

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 yellow onion, diced

32 oz chicken broth

1 tbsp paprika

1 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

3/4 cup sour cream

1 tbsp flour

for dumplings:

1 cup flour

1/2 tbsp butter

1/3 cup milk

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp baking powder


Heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and briefly saute until tender. Add the garlic, chicken, paprika, salt and pepper and saute until the chicken has browned (about six to eight minutes). Once the chicken has browned, add one cup of the chicken broth to the pot and increase heat to high. Bring mixture to a simmer and continue cooking for another five minutes or so until the chicken is done. Remove chicken with a slotted spoon and set aside.

Reduce heat to low and add the sour cream and flour to the one cup of simmering broth. Whisk well so there are no clumps and continue whisking and simmering until mixture is very thick. Add chicken back in pot and stir well.

Now, make the dumplings. Pour the remaining broth (3 cups) into another pot and bring to a boil.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in the butter with your fingertips, working the mixture together until all butter has been incorporated. Add milk and stir so a dough forms.

Turn dough out onto a floured surface and roll out to 1/8th inch thick. Using a knife or pizza cutter, cut thin strips of dough and then across the strips so you have small dough squares. Drop dough squares into boiling chicken broth and cook for about five minutes, until the dumplings float. Drain (reserve the broth for another use if you like) and drop cooked dumplings into chicken paprika. Stir and serve.


45 minutes


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  • Khushboo
    November 16, 2011 at 3:22 am

    Looks delicious Jenna- do you think Greek yogurt would sub in ok for the sour cream?

    • jenna
      November 16, 2011 at 7:26 am

      Hmm….usually subbing greek yogurt would be fine (if it’s just a dollop here or a spoonful there) but since sour cream is the premise of the dish, I would stick with that!

      • Kelli H (Made in Sonoma)
        November 16, 2011 at 7:51 am

        I love chicken paprika! I have a recipe that I use greek yogurt in but it’s only 1/4 cup and it works fine. 🙂

        • Lindsey
          November 16, 2011 at 10:14 am

          I actually made chicken paprika and posted it on my blog yesterday. My family is Hungarian and my mom made it all the time. You can sub in greek yogurt and it is almost identical in flavor. I used a 6 ounce serving of greek yogurt and 2 tbsp of sour cream. Turned out great… just like my mom’s!

          • Lindsey
            November 16, 2011 at 10:17 am

            Oh and it was always called chicken paprikash at home, so that is what I usually refer to it as.

          • Sonia (the Mexigarian)
            November 16, 2011 at 12:04 pm

            Another Hungarian in the house! Woot woot! We had this dish all the time at home and at the Hungarian picnics. I have been meaning to post my family recipe as well 🙂

      • Staci
        November 26, 2011 at 5:55 pm

        I made this tonight and swapped in nonfat plain greek yogurt for the sour cream. It was so yummy! My “meat and potatoes” fiancee loved it! Very homey and great for a fall/winter night. I have never made it before so I do not know if sour cream would made a noticable difference, but it was delicious with the greek yogurt. Next time I will try out the sour cream.
        (Also I was too lazy to make the dumplings since we just got home from our T-giving travels. The whole wheat spaghetti noodles I used instead worked great. When I have more time I want to try the dumplings though — mmm).

    • Emily
      November 17, 2011 at 9:44 pm

      I made a beef stroganoff Sunday night with 2% Greek yogurt, and it was fabulous! I wouldn’t go nonfat, though, and you should make sure not to add the yogurt while the sauce is still hot – it could curdle.

  • Sweet and Savvy
    November 16, 2011 at 3:30 am

    Definitely bookmarking for my dads birthday! 🙂 Looks great!

  • Emmy (Wine and Butter)
    November 16, 2011 at 3:30 am

    I need to start making dumplings! Serving a meal with homemade dumplings is so much more ‘yeah, Im a cook’ than serving it with pasta…!

  • laura
    November 16, 2011 at 3:58 am

    this sounds just perfect Jenna. I’m a huge fan of paprika but barely use it & I dont know why. this recipe looks just as easy as ever, I’m bookmarking this one.

  • alyssa - fashion fitness foodie
    November 16, 2011 at 4:45 am

    What a comforting meal!! Perfect for a rainy night 🙂

  • Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter)
    November 16, 2011 at 4:53 am

    Mm I’m a big fan of paprika, and who ISN’T a fan of dumplings? One of my fav meals that my uncle used to make when I was growing up!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    November 16, 2011 at 4:55 am

    mmmmmm…my mom used to make this all the time too. seriously comfort on a plate – and we always LOVED the color! so bright and pretty 🙂

  • Sally
    November 16, 2011 at 4:58 am

    Ya know, I’d always heard about chicken paprika but somehow in my mind, it sounded like one of those complicated dishes, and thus I never looked further into it. I can’t believe how easy this actually is. Totally trying this the next time I defrost some chicken!

  • Molly @ RDexposed
    November 16, 2011 at 5:08 am

    Rustic tastes better anyways.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    November 16, 2011 at 5:14 am

    Yumm I love paprika, but don’t think I’ve ever had traditional paprika chicken… yet!!

  • Gabby @ Gabby's Gluten Free
    November 16, 2011 at 5:17 am

    I love chicken paprika an have completely forgot about it until this post. It looks delicious!

    Also, your plates are adorable.

  • Julia @ La Petite Maison Verte
    November 16, 2011 at 5:18 am

    I’ve never heard of Chicken Paprika before but all of the ingredients in it sound DELISH – and you’re right, they’re so basic that I have every last one of them in my kitchen! Definitely pinning this one (tonight’s dinner perhaps?!) 🙂

  • Bev Weidner
    November 16, 2011 at 5:24 am

    Well, as you know, PAPRIKA OWNS MY LIFE. So this is going to be happening in my face.

  • Lauren @ What Lauren Likes
    November 16, 2011 at 5:26 am

    I love this! It looks perfect 🙂

  • jenna
    November 16, 2011 at 5:26 am

    what an interesting dish! i had never heard of it. this looks delicious!

  • Shannon
    November 16, 2011 at 5:27 am

    Guess I know what I am making for dinner tonight!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    November 16, 2011 at 5:27 am

    I feel ashamed to say I’ve never had chicken paprika!

  • Jen
    November 16, 2011 at 5:30 am

    Spicy! How old are you again? I can’t recall but I’m guessing 23 from your writing style and home talk!? 🙂

    • jenna
      November 16, 2011 at 7:26 am

      I’m 26!

      • Jen
        November 16, 2011 at 10:40 am

        Ahh, I guess we’re never too old to miss home 🙂

  • Cait's Plate
    November 16, 2011 at 6:00 am

    I mean, I’m all for chocolate and bread and wine…but I feel like I can say, with a lot of certainty, that I could live off this dish happily (obviously the dumplings being a huge part of it). This looks delish Jenna.

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit
    November 16, 2011 at 6:06 am

    Looks delicious! My in-laws are from Hungary and I’ve been there to visit- the food is amazing. Hungarian food is totally overlooked!

  • Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner
    November 16, 2011 at 6:09 am

    Wow.. this is definitely a must try!! looks soooo good!

  • Jane@TeaBeyond
    November 16, 2011 at 6:20 am

    mouth watering!!!! can not wait to try it!!! thanks for sharing!

  • Julie
    November 16, 2011 at 6:24 am

    My grandma (who’s Hungarian) used to make this for my brother and I when we were little. I went to Budapest for the first time a year ago and Chicken Paprikash was one of the best things I ate on my trip all over Europe.

  • Hilliary @ Happily Ever Healthy
    November 16, 2011 at 6:27 am

    This sounds delicious! Perfect comfort food for a cold winter night!

  • Alli @ alli learns life
    November 16, 2011 at 6:30 am

    WOW. those look amazing. I’m sure I already have almost everything to make this.

  • Christine
    November 16, 2011 at 7:06 am

    This looks so delicious! I love the combination of Chicken with paprika (particularly smoked paprika)… If you like this, you’d probably also like this chicken with smoked paprika and chickpeas recipe from bon appetit (so insanely good!) –

    • jenna
      November 16, 2011 at 7:27 am

      omg that looks insane…must make now!

  • katrina
    November 16, 2011 at 7:14 am

    Wow, such lovely photos you just want to dive right in!

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    November 16, 2011 at 7:15 am

    I know I say this every morning, but this sounds amazing Jenna!! And I’m with you on the chocolate, grapefruit, etc. thing. I love my food!

  • Lauren from Lauren's Latest
    November 16, 2011 at 7:15 am

    This is similar to a Hungarian Dish I grew up eating called Chicken Paprikash. It has some peppers and other veggies in there with homemade dumplings called Nookedly. It’s amazing. Love your cute little dumplings!

  • Lisa @ Life in Green
    November 16, 2011 at 7:45 am

    Never had a dish like this…making it!

  • Kelli H (Made in Sonoma)
    November 16, 2011 at 7:52 am

    Chicken paprika is definitely underrated! So glad you posted this!

  • Addy
    November 16, 2011 at 8:08 am

    This looks delish! I don’t think I’ve ever had (let alone made) chicken paprika. PAPrika? Or its more fun if you roll the ‘R’- papRRRRIIIIKa! 🙂 Looking forward to trying this one out! Thanks Jenna!

    • Judith Scott
      November 18, 2011 at 10:29 am

      Isn’t that from “When Harry Met Sally”?

  • Liz @ Southern Charm
    November 16, 2011 at 8:36 am

    What a great comfort meal! Yum!! This sounds amazing.

  • Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out
    November 16, 2011 at 8:55 am

    I want this RIGHT NOW. Too bad I’m at work and far away from my kitchen.

  • Sweet Marcella
    November 16, 2011 at 9:02 am

    I freakin LOVE me some paprika! I love the combo of paprika and sour cream for a topping, so I’m sure making it a sauce for chicken is amazing! Not mention easy dumplings! Your mom knows what she’s doing!

  • nicole {sweet peony}
    November 16, 2011 at 9:19 am

    i’ve never heard of chicken paprika before but, um, that sounds SO good. always looking for quick recipes for weeknight dinners. i think my husband would love this served over rice. thanks jenna!

  • Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove
    November 16, 2011 at 9:42 am

    I love the idea of making dumplings! It sounds so easy so I think it’s worth a shot!

  • Krista
    November 16, 2011 at 10:19 am

    This looks like Chicken Paprikash, a Hungarian dish I grew up eating! Actually I think paprikash is paprika in Hungarian. Hungarian food is so delish, but it doesn’t get a lot of attention out here on the west coast!

  • AshinMT
    November 16, 2011 at 10:33 am

    We had chicken paprika for dinner last night. Our recipe uses onion soup mix and cream, its super delish. This looks good though and the same consistency, dumplings sound awesome in it compared to the orzo we usually use!

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    November 16, 2011 at 10:36 am

    My grandma used to make chicken and dumplings with tons!! of paprika. This reminds me of her cooking 🙂

  • Laura @ She Eats Well
    November 16, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Paprika…the forgotten spice, I think :). Looks yummy and your photos are beautiful. Can’t wait to make this dish.

  • Moni'sMeals
    November 16, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Wow, I know a lot of people who will want this recipe!

  • Sonia (the Mexigarian)
    November 16, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Girl, you just clinched my Mexigarian heart. I grew up on chicken paprika. Paprika is in my blood (along with chipotle). Thanks for posting this 🙂

  • Living The Sweet Life
    November 16, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Sounds so simple … yet it looks incredibly delicious.. the home made dumplings, seal the deal!!

  • Alexa @ Simple Eats
    November 16, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    So funny you posted this, I literally was searching for a recipe the other day so I can finally add this to my “have made” list! Thanks!

  • Sarah
    November 16, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    I’m intrigued… I guess you are in the US – here in the UK dumplings are lumpy things made of flour and suet… whilst they were nice I was surprised you are raving about them.. but in that dish what you have cooked looks like what I would call ravioli! A quick look at Wikipedia shows me that dumplings mean different things in many different countries although all have a flour and water base. Interesting!

  • Jaime
    November 16, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    I am SO making this.

  • Vanessa
    November 16, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Wow! This looks so tasty. And I love the pictures you took 🙂

  • KateSouth
    November 16, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    This looks like all kinds of comforting…amazing.

  • Kristen @ notsodomesticated
    November 17, 2011 at 3:06 am

    I’ve never heard of this dish before, but it sounds great! I made chicken and dumplings in my slow cooker recently and it was amazing comfort food. Perfect for the fall weather! 🙂

  • Jeanette
    November 17, 2011 at 9:44 am

    I made this for my friends last night. We were heading out to watch our local Christmas tree lighting ceremony and needed something quick to eat first. This was the perfect dish- it came together super quickly and was incredibly comforting and warming for the cold night ahead. I substituted chunks of sweet potato for about 1/2lb of the chicken and it was a wonderful addition. Loooved the dumplings!

  • andrea
    November 17, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Hi Jenna! I am making this dish tonight…but I just made the dumpling batter and it is watery?? Too much milk too little butter?

    • jenna
      November 17, 2011 at 4:33 pm

      add a little more flour to it and you’re fine!

  • Rachel
    November 17, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    I just made this, with a few alterations. Added 1 grated carrot, subbed the chicken with some pheasant meat I needed to use up, and I cooked it in the slow cooker all day.
    This recipe is absolutely delish! I had the same problem as Andrea with the dumpling batter, which was more gloppy than cute like Jenna’s. But, I thought it was very tasty, sticky dumplings and all!

    • jenna
      November 17, 2011 at 7:14 pm

      I’m sorry about the dumplings! 1/2 cup milk worked for me but I’ll go through the recipe again and see if something is off. Glad you liked it!

  • Corina
    November 19, 2011 at 6:15 am

    This looks lovely. I love the idea of the homemade dumplings too – they look a bit like a homemade rustic form of pasta.

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    November 29, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Jenna, the dish is fantastic, made it tonight.

    My dumpling dough was actually a tiny bit dry, so I added a TBS of milk and that did it.

    BUT, the dumplings were a *tad* bit tough…did I overwork the dough or boil too long or what? Any ideas?

  • Hannah R.
    December 5, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    I just made this and I’m enjoying it right now:) It’s sooooo good! I used nonfat greek yogurt because that’s all I had on hand and it’s still delicious. thanks Jenna!

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    January 10, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    i had this recipe bookmarked and just got around to making it tonight. it was delish! my husband took one bite and said, put this in the permanent rotation! yet another winning recipe from eatliverun 😉

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    January 29, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Made this last night with egg noodles instead of the dumplings. Yum! We will be making this again very soon, SO good!

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    October 8, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    My dumplings were too soft and fell apart. Can you tell me what I did wrong?

  • Josann
    January 4, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Made this recipe today…it’s AMAZING!! Absolutely a keeper! Thank you for sharing this!! 🙂

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  • Eileen R
    February 12, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Made it, loved it, got the Slovak stamp of approval from Mom.
    A friend just gave me some of her Hungarian paprika peppers she grows, so the next batch will be made with SUPER parprika.

    Everyone: don’t be afraid to make the dumplings; they are super easy. I did have to add a splash more milk but I think that just depends on the flour you have.
    They dumplings looked ready at three minutes, but they really did need to boil the full five minutes. Much longer than five minutes, they start to break apart and be generally disappointing.

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    November 24, 2013 at 6:20 am

    This has quickly become a favorite in my home. I can’t believe that now I actually make homemade dumplings, will be making this today on a windy and chilly day in Florida.

  • Susan
    November 2, 2014 at 11:22 am

    This has become my favorite Sunday recipe. It is wonderful and easy too. I never considered making my own dumplings but now I will never turn back. Thank you so much for this recipe.