Hungarian Paprika Chicken


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It’s about a year ago that I visited Hungary. What a beautiful place Budapest was, and the food! Well, it’s a bit of a dream for me. Everything is cooked in lard, nothing is particularly healthy and you aren’t scowled upon if you don’t have a single vegetable on your plate. Here’s a delicious recipe for one of their best dishes. Hungarian paprika is best for this so try and hunt it down.



1 1/2 kg chicken thighs and breasts mixed (cut into big chunks)
50g lard (or butter)
2 onions (finely chopped)
2 green capsicums (seeded and sliced)
1 heaped tablespoon paprika
salt & pepper
2 tomatoes (quartered)
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 cup sour cream

Heat the lard/butter in a lidded pan over a medium heat, fry the onions gently with a little salt for 3-4 minutes until soft. Add 1/2 of the capsicums and fry gently for a further 3-4 minutes until soft. Add the paprika stir once and add 1/2 cup warm water and stir. Add the chicken pieces and stir well. Add the tomato and a little pepper. Bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low and gently simmer for 30 minutes (adding a little water after 15 minutes if neccessary).
Mix the sour cream with the flour and a tablespoon water, turn up the heat to medium and tip the mixture into the pan. Add the rest of the capsicums and stir well until the sauce is hot again and starts to thicken. Simmer for 5 more minutes before serving.

If we’re being authentic, the Hungarians would probably dollop some cream over it and maybe a side of roast pork fat for good measure. We however, ate it with pasta and it was pretty good.

  • Hi,

    my name is Tibor and I’m Hungarian. I’m very happy that you have got nice memories during your stay in Hungary and you enjoyed the Hungarian food :).

    If you don’t mind I would recommend you my website: You will find here lots of traditional Hungarian food recipes ( and other intresting information about my country and the people.

    I hope you will try at least one of my recipes 🙂

    Cheers, Tibor

  • Linka

    I came from Hungary to America when I was 11. This reminds me of something my Grandmother used to cook us. It takes me back iut really does. It was really easy to make. It’s not so often I make a comment on a website but I just want everyone to know that this is really delicious and that they should try it.

    I managed to freeze some too which I’m sure will taste even better when it’s reheated.

    Thanks for the recipe!!!

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