Sweet Hungarian paprika gives this creamy braised chicken the best flavor. This is a good “pantry dish” since you should have the basics on hand and only need to purchase the chicken. You may vary the recipe by using cubed veal shoulder instead of chicken and mushrooms instead of peppers. Serve with whole-wheat orzo flavored with minced parsley or dill.

Perla Meyers
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2009

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Recipe Summary

total:
1 hr 55 mins
Servings:
6
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Pat chicken pieces dry with paper towels and season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper.

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  • Heat oil and butter in a large heavy casserole or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onions and sprinkle with sugar. Cook, stirring frequently, until the onions are very soft and light brown, 10 to 15 minutes.

  • Stir in bell peppers, tomato paste, paprika and crushed red pepper. Add the chicken and stir it gently into the onion mixture. Sprinkle with marjoram and add broth. Cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid and simmer over medium-low heat until the chicken is very tender, about 50 minutes.

  • Just before the chicken is done, whisk sour cream, flour and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small bowl until smooth.

  • When the chicken is done, remove it to a plate. Stir the sour cream mixture into the sauce; return to a simmer and cook, stirring, until the sauce coats the spoon. Reduce heat to low, return the chicken to the sauce and reheat, about 1 minute. Serve garnished with parsley, dill and/or chives, if desired.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 3, cool to room temperature and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Finish with Steps 4-5 before serving.

Tip: If you are using a combination of thighs, drumsticks and breasts, cut each breast in half crosswise to make pieces about the size of a thigh. And if you buy whole legs, separate the drumsticks and thighs. When the pieces are about the same size, they'll cook at about the same rate.

Nutrition Facts

346 calories; protein 36.3g 73% DV; carbohydrates 16.8g 5% DV; exchange other carbs 1; dietary fiber 3.7g 15% DV; sugars 6.8g; fat 14.8g 23% DV; saturated fat 4.6g 23% DV; cholesterol 136.3mg 45% DV; vitamin a iu 2445.4IU 49% DV; vitamin c 52.9mg 88% DV; folate 49.4mcg 12% DV; calcium 73.8mg 7% DV; iron 2.5mg 14% DV; magnesium 56.9mg 20% DV; potassium 695.3mg 20% DV; sodium 391.4mg 16% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 21% DV.

Reviews (60)

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60 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 42
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2018
I completely change it up I saute the onions and peppers and I use red green orange yellow or any combination equal parts to the onion. I then stir in the seasonings and tomato paste. I use dark meat chicken (I prefer it and I skin and de-bone myself or use boneless skinless. Once the Seasoning and paste is well incorporated I add the chicken pieces I like in big chunks about golf ball size. Simmer a few minutes until heated and bubbly then I just eyeball the chicken broth to make it soup like. O add the sour cream and flour last and heat a few minutes just to dissolve the flour. I like it saucy ( Add chicken broth to make it as thick or soupy as you want and you can increase the flour to get your desired thickness I like mine like thin gravy). I serve mine over a bowl of jasmine rice (white or brown) For crockpot version transfer the heated chicken part to the crock pot and add sour cream and flour at that time. Come home to dinner!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/18/2017
I cut the chicken into chunks to make it easier to eat but that shouldn't affect the taste it is still one of my faves. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/19/2017
I used 2 pounds of boneless skinless chicken breast. We doubled the crushed red pepper and cut the cooking time down. Absolutely delicious!!!! Definitely one of our new favorites! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2017
Excellent meal! Great for a cold winter night. We substituted ricotta cheese for sour cream. Still turned out very well. The thighs and legs were more tender then the breasts so next time we should pull out the breast peices a wee bit sooner. Served over Orzo. We will def be making this again soon. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/06/2016
OMG! I used already cooked chicken breast since I had left overs and only made the sauce so I didn't need the flour. THIS is where it's at people!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/15/2016
I was wanting to try out a new 3-quart Dutch oven on a dinner for 2 (or 3) and thought I'd try this recipe. A couple things happened - my SO got a package of boneless skinless thighs. There were about 9 of them rather than the 4 or 5 in a package of bone-in thighs so I had to make some changes. I trimmed them as best I could of fat and connective tissue. I sprinkled the bottoms with salt pepper and paprika rolled them up and tied them and sprinkled them again. I used almost the full recipe except I used about 2.5 - 3 cups of onions. I love bell peppers so I kept those to the original recipe. After combining everything I reduced the cooking time to 30 minutes which was perfect. The thighs were fully cooked and extremely tender. I made Amish egg noodles instead of the recommended side dish. OMG... I'm a true foodie and this was absolutely delicious! I'd serve this to friends - they'd never guess it was "heathy!" I might try using hot paprika next time... Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/18/2016
Delicious Staple Mid-week Meal I've made this recipe many times and absolutely love it! I use only boneless chicken thighs and I use a pound and a half so there is lots of extra sauce and I serve with rice pilaf. I add more salt then it calls for recommend adjusting to taste after braising the meat. I even made it for my diabetic Dad (just removed the pinch of sugar and flour and served without rice). Great recipe. Pros: Easy/Great Flavor Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/11/2016
My New favorite I used Smoked Paprika cause that is what I had. We love this recipe. I double the crushed red pepper. I have made this about six times since discovering the recipe using veggie broth all Green pepper it doesn't matter it is so good. Love Love even better the next day. Pros: not a lot of ingredients Cons: chopping onion removing skin from Chicken Read More
Rating: 2 stars
04/09/2014
High expectations based on reviews I glanced over a few pages of the reviews before I chose this recipe. I made it tonight and I am very disappointed it was bland. It looks good when prepared but it was lacking flavor. I followed recipe.. I didn't change anything.. I wasn't impressed. Easy but would not make again. Pros: One pot recipe Cons: Very bland Read More
Rating: 2 stars
12/19/2013
Too greasy with bone-in chicken I used bone-in chicken and the result was pretty greasy. I'd like to try it again with boneless chicken. Also I might skip the flour; I didn't think it was necessary. I thought the spice level was fine but my young children thought it was too spicy. Pros: tasted good Cons: very greasy Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2013
Fantastic and so easy! The sauce was out of this world! I made it for myself and a friend and couldn't have picked an easier and more delicious recipe! I paired it with eating well's roasted lemon parmesan cauliflower and everything on the plate was so good it was hard to stop eating even when we were full! Pros: Great flavor Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/27/2013
Crowd Pleaser This dish came together very easily and was quite inexpensive to make for my dinner party of 4. Under 10- seriously- although I only needed to buy chicken and fresh paprika. Switched nonfat greek yogurt for sour cream. Served with radiatore pasta to soak up the sauce. My guests raved about it. The only change I would make next time is to use only dark meat- the chicken breasts got very tough while the thighs were perfect. Pros: Decadent tasting/ Creamy/ Flavorful Cons: Don't use breast meat Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/28/2013
delish! I adapted slightly for my crock pot. Seared the chicken thighs (boneless skinless) then threw it into the crockpot with all the ingredients except the bell peppers and sour cream. Cooked on low for three hours (stirred once) then added the peppers and cooked another hour on low. served with brown rice. Very tasty! In the future I might use chicken breasts instead of thighs. Maybe it was just the package of thighs I picked up but they had a lot of extra fat on them. Took forever to trim them! Otherwise it was really delicious! Pros: Savory and filling Cons: Lot of prep time Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/06/2013
Easy weekday dinner Made this fir dinner on a week night. I had most ingredients on hand excepts for marjoram so I skipped that step and used regular paprika. All the favors came together and my family enjoyed every bite. I did cut up the chicken thighs to help speed up the cooking time.....it was a weekday after all. I paired it with veggie blend ( frozen veggies) to help keep the calories down...no noodles no rice:( Pros: I had most ingredients on hand chicken thighs are inexpensive Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/02/2013
Will make again! I made this tonight and invited friends for dinner. Everyone really enjoyed it. I did add sauteed mushrooms and served over wheat noodles. I didn't have Hungarian paprika or marjoram. I used regular paprika thyme and basil instead. Also added 5 cloves of garlic. I seared the chicken first for color. The thighs had much better flavor than the breast meat. I think I will add some red wine to the sauce next time for added depth of flavor. Thanks for the recipe...it's a keeper! Pros: Very simple Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2013
Yummy & different way to cook chicken! Made this tonight and it was creamy with very good flavor: sweet oniony buttery chicken with good heat. I halved the recipe for my bf and I and added 2 cloves chopped garlic 1/2 teaspoon Chile powder and subbed oregano and sage for marjoram (didn't have it in the cupboard). I used bone in thighs with some skin still on for full flavor. Served with egg noodles. I highly recommend! The sauce is delicious. used full fat sour cream... we're t super fat conscious as long as th Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2013
AWESOME Ok this was hands down the best chicken dinner I ate in a long time!! My husband and I loved it! The sauce was a little spicy due to the red pepper flakes but it was the perfect little 'zing'... even my picky 2 year old toddler ate the sauce! Which says a lot! trust me! Total winner and we will be making this again! Pros: easy to make Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/01/2013
Yummy This recipe was actually pretty easy to make. The chicken was flavorful (but not too strong) and made a lot of great sauce. I will be making this again. Pros: Great sauce good flavor makes a lot Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2013
Very yummy. Next time I'll add some mushrooms. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
12/12/2012
Meh Meh. My curry- and chili-loving family votes to skip this one. Not enough taste bang for the time buck. Disappointing after driving many miles and paying a fair amount for some nice sweet paprika. Pros: Looks nice smells nice inoffensive taste Cons: Not very flavorful Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/12/2012
Braised paprika chicken This has just the right flavor---did not put full amt. of red chili flakes (husband cannot handle heat) a nice pinch was enough. One review complained recipe not low fat but it is when you consider 6 servings. Leave out the butter if you want. This is a keeper! Share with your family and friends! Pros: Easy to organize each step Cons: Not enough sauce!!! My husband loves gravy for his egg noodles. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2012
DELICIOUS! I made this last night- absolutely fabulous! As others did I used boneless breasts and thighs cutting the breasts to the same size as the thighs and I did brown them ahead of time in the dutch oven. This reduced the cooking time to about 30 minutes and the dish STILL tasted like I had slowly simmered the chicken all night! At the last minute I added fresh mushrooms and a large can of diced tomatoes. It is more time-consuming than some other recipes but it also TASTES like some time went into it. I served it over whole wheat couscous. This is a NEW FAVORITE at my house! Pros: simple ingredients Cons: none Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/11/2012
I used boneless skinless chicken thighs and cut them smaller to speed up cooking. The lite sour cream had all sorts of 'goo' in it so I bought no fat and full fat which had less 'goo' and mixed them. I started this on the stovetop but transferred it to a 400F oven to finish so I didn't have to take care of it. We served it with spaetzle and sauteed collard greens and kale. Big hit with kids! Read More
Rating: 1 stars
08/09/2012
This is not low fat!! sour cream? butter? These ingredients are not low in fat! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
07/22/2012
Delicious! This makes a regular appearance at our house! I usually use boneless skinless chicken thighs and serve over brown rice with some sort of green vegetable. Delicious! Pros: easy and delicious Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/05/2012
LOVED this. I used boneless chicken breasts and made some creamy garlic mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli to serve with it. The sauce had a very nice kick to it and was nice and creamy. Yum! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/26/2012
Delicious and Easy: Even my hubby can manage! Although this dish does take 50 or so minutes to simmer and cook I found this dish exceptionally easy to prepare and very very flavorful. I did alter this dish to suit what I had available and my personal tastes. I added sauted mushrooms orange bell pepper smoked paprika instead of sweet crushed garlic and 1 can of diced tomatoes. I also browned the meat on my panini grill before placing it all in a tupperware dish in the refrigerater for my husband to place in our crock pot later. My guest was in heaven and the extra sauce was amazing with our garlic bread. I even sent the rest of the sauce home with her for later! Pros: Easy to prep ahead of time Healthy Flavorful Versitile Cons: Slow to cook Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/23/2012
Really good chicken dish It was very good and my guest liked it as well. In fact I forwarded her the recipe. I am also adding i to my repertoire as a Personal Chef Pros: It had great flavor and it was quick and easy to create Cons: I don't usually buy thighs and legs so I used boneless/skinless chicken breasts Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/21/2012
Great recipe easily comes together Good recipe. Used eight 6-oz boneless chicken breasts cut in half and seared on both sides in the hot oil before setting them aside and browning onions. Cut the simmering time in half easy. Served with angel hair pasta. I think it could use some greens so will probably throw in a handful of chopped kale when adding the sour cream next time I make this. I look forward to altering it for the crock pot. Pros: easy common ingredients cooks while you do other things Cons: time Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/22/2011
Very satisfying This dish is so rich and flavorful I'd swear it was made with full-fat sour cream. I made it with thighs only. Pros: Easy tasty one-pot Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
i liked this recipe. i had chicken breasts so instead of slow cooking them like the recipe suggests for the tougher pieces of meat i just fried them off in a pan made the sauce like the recipe said without the meat and added the chicken pieces at the end. it turned out really well and cut the cooking time down to 20 mins. its a perfect dinner for when you havent got a whole lot in your fridge and its very tasty. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I cooked this tonight and it was great. I served the chicken with rice and spinach. Eveyone in the house from my 15 month old to my 86 year old grandfather liked the dish and cleared their plates. I will add this recipe to our tried and true. Tea Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This dish is pure comfort-food heaven. Easy and guilt free. I can't wait to try the suggested variation with veal and mushrooms. My husband loved it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I took Robyn Donnelly's suggestion since I only had boneless thighs in the fridge. The dish was delicious; and I highly recommend the dill as garnish. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
A keeper recipe. My husband enjoyed this dish very much. I served it with brown rice sauteed with onion mushroom and homemade vegetable stock and a chopped salad. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was absolutely delicious. I cut the recipe down to 1/3 because I was cooking for two but my boyfriend suggested I make the full amount of sauce next time so he can sop it up with bread. The sauce was really delicious and the thighs I made with it were tender and wonderful too. This is definitely something I'll make often. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This as the best and an absolute keeper. I added two diced white potatos and one diced sweet potato as well as increased the chicked broth. It was like a stew. I will add mushrooms next time! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I've made this twice. Company absolutely loved it. Added some cayenne pepper in addition to the crushed red to give it some heat. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Yum so good this turned out fantastic. Next time I think I will try it with boneless chicken breasts just so we don't have to deal with the chicken bones. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
pretty yummy. used canned mushrooms and came out great. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Delicious! this one is a keeper. I didn't have chicken still on the bone so I used boneless skinless chicken breast and it came out great. I don't have a crock pot so I used one of my regular pans with a lid and the chicken was done in about 25 minutes. I'm so glad there is recipes like this that aren't loaded with fat and calories that taste much better than fast food and even better than some of the popular dishes at restaurant chains. You don't have to have it fried or filled with cheese to feel pretty darn satisfied. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I was surprised by how tasty this dish turned out. The sauce was very flavorful and the chicken really absorbed the spices. Served it with whole wheat pasta. Would make it again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Very easy to make and very delicious. Whole family loved it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Really good -- worth the time chopping. I used boneless skinless chicken breasts and it was still very flavorful moist and tender. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Wonderful flavors! Didn't have tomato paste so I used 4 tbl. tomato sauce and reduced the liquid after the chicken was removed and before adding the sour cream. Used bonelss chicken thighs and cooked about 25 minutes. Served over egg noodles with steamed broccoli. Family loved it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
This is in my regular rotation now. Everyone loves it. I serve it over brown rice. Yum! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
I made it and didn''t have ANY leftovers. That's the indication that it was great. ALWAYS have some leftover even when we love the dish. Thank you!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
This recipe was delicious the sauce was creamy but light. I did use chicken breast in bite sized pieces instead because I don't like trying to pick meat off bone and the chicken came out so tender and full of flavor. I prepared up to just before adding the sour cream and chilled overnight finished it off as per the remaining instructions and it was so packed with flavor - I think the overnight marinating gave it some help. I would also add more veges next time maybe some mushrooms or peas etc for an extra vege boost. Served over brown rice - will definatly become a staple. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
This is the first recipe I have made from this site. It was very good. My entire family including my toddler loved it. I did not have a red pepper so I used all green peppers. Also I used boneless chicken thighs. I will be making this again for sure. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Delicious and easy to make The chicken came out very tender and the sour cream added a nice twist to the sweet and spicy flavor. The cooked broth was so delicious on top of some brown rice. I completely forgot that this meal was under 500 calories!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Excellent I made this last weekend while my lactose intolerant mom was out of town. Yumm! It was seriously the best thing I've ever made. Soooo good. I used regular paprika and a pinch more of sugar instead of sweet or hungarian paprika and it was still really tasty. Most of the onions I used were red. Overall a very satisfying meal. One thing though...it takes a long time to skin chicken:P I suggest buying boneless skinless chicken instead of bothering with it. Pros: a little spicy creamy delicious! Read More
Rating: 2 stars
10/29/2011
It was okay at best! I wouldn't make it again though. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
EXCELLENT! When I make this recipe I also make brown rice with it. At the point it tells you to remove the chicken to another plate & keep it hot I take that time to cut the chicken (well it's so tender that it just pulls apart so there's really no 'cutting' involved) into bite-sized pieces. At the very end I mix in about 3/4 of a bag of instant brown rice into the chicken mixture. ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!!! I will say this though... I do like a bit of hot in my foods from time to time but the original recipe was a bit much for me (even though my husband was fine with it). I recommend cutting the amount of crushed red pepper in half. MUCH better!! This is definitely one of our favorites!!! Pros: Very flavorful! My husband's new favorite dish!! Cons: A little on the hot side but easily fixed if you cut the amount of red pepper in half. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Wonderful! I made this for my family this last week and even my kids loved it. I used a whole red and whole green bell pepper instead of just the amounts in the recipe but other then that I followed the recipe. I served it over mashed potatoes and it was just delicious! I will definitely be making this again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Great Recipe This recipe tasted wonderful! I will definitely make it again but I will use chicken breasts that are already skinned & deboned for quicker preparation. I served it with quinoa mixed with spinach & chopped almonds. Pros: So easy to put together Cons: Boned breasts Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Great dish! This recipe is a keeper! Very delicious and simple to prepare. Everyone in my family loved it even my picky 16 year old. Pros: Simple preparation with relatively few ingredients Cons: Length of cook time precludes this as a weeknight dish Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Yum! Wow! This is delicious! 4 cups of onions sound like a lot but it's perfect cause they cook down a lot. Left out the red pepper flakes cause the little one doesn't do spicy. Great recipe...thanks!!!! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
10/29/2011
Average with altered recipe After reading reviews I had very high expectations. I think using all red pepper and no green was a mistake that increased the overall sweetness of this dish. It was edible but nowhere near a favorite. Pros: One-pot preparation Cons: Overall sweetness expected something savory Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Braised Paprik chicken..Awesome! Wonderful meal. I used boneless chicken breast and this substitutede nicely. The flavor is creamy and robust. My family enjoyed and we only had a small portion left over. I will prepare again! This is a must try (you do not taste the onion it adds a slight seetness.) Pros: Easy Cons: Prep work Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Braised Paprika Chicken My family LOVES this dish even the next day as left-overs. My only changes are that I brown the chicken first and then after it has simmered in the pot until done I cool and de-bone the meat and add it back into the pot. Read More