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Chicken Paprikash

Posted by Denise on February 7, 2012

chicken paprikash on plate 2

Easy to make and totally delicious, our Chicken Paprikash can be cooking while you are at work!


We were recently invited to a big bash to celebrate a good friend’s milestone birthday. Kevin, the birthday boy, loves all things Polish so we decided to make a Polish-inspired dish to share with the party-goers. I thumbed through several of my old Polish cookbooks to get some ideas and kept coming back to Chicken Paprikash. We knew Kevin would love it. The only problem was that the party was on a Friday night and we were going to have to figure out how to get it cooked in the hour between work and the start of the party. Or do we have only that hour?

As I was thinking about the timing issue, I started to wonder if Chicken Paprikash could be cooked in a slow cooker while we were at work. Looking over the recipe, it sure seemed possible to cook it in the crock pot if we prepped everything the night before and waited to add the sour cream until the last 20-30 minutes of the cooking time.

On Thursday evening, we prepped and browned the chicken and onions, bagged everything up and stored it in the refrigerator. We used chicken thighs because the meat stays more moist than white meat cuts. Friday morning it was a very simple process to place the chicken and onions in the slow cooker and add the chicken stock. When we got home from work we removed the perfectly cooked chicken from the cooker pot and put the pieces on a plate and covered it with foil to keep the chicken hot. We mixed the flour and sour cream and stirred it into the liquid in the cooker and turned the cooker to high again and put the lid back on. After about 15 minutes when the sour cream mixture is getting thicker, we added the chicken back in to the pot to heat back up with the sauce. While the sauce and chicken were heating up, we made a batch of rice to serve with the chicken.

When we were ready to go to the party the entire crock pot, carefully packed up, traveled with us and kept everything hot. The Chicken Paprikash was a huge hit at the party and Kevin loved it. The recipe was requested many times that night!



Chicken Paprikash


Serves 4-6 


 chicken paprikash ingredients





Tablespoons butter


chicken thighs or 2 whole chickens cut into pieces


Salt and pepper to taste


teaspoons paprika


whole onion, sliced


cup chicken stock or broth


Tablespoon all purpose flour


cup sour cream


Fried potatoes, or rice, or noodles, prepared according to package directions right before serving





1.    Rinse chicken pieces under clear water and pat dry. Salt and pepper the chicken, then sprinkle the paprika evenly over all of the pieces.


            spiced chicken for chicken paprikash


2.    Melt butter in a heavy skillet over medium high heat. Brown chicken in the butter, a few pieces at a time to avoid crowding the pan, until golden in color. Remove chicken from the pan and place the pieces in the slow cooker container. Add the onions to the pan and cook the onions until they are golden brown, several minutes. Add the onions on top of the chicken in the crock pot.


chicken paprikash browning chicken


cooking onions for chicken paprikash  cooking onions for chicken paprikash 2


adding onions to chicken for chicken paprikash


3.   Gently pour the chicken stock or broth over the chicken in the crock pot. Set the cooker to high for 4 hours or low for up to 8 hours and make sure the lid is on firmly. Let the food stew without removing the lid.


4.     About 20 – 30 minutes before serving, mix the flour into the sour cream. Remove the chicken from the slow cooker and place on a plate. Tent it with aluminum foil to keep warm. Add the sour cream mixture to the liquid in the crock pot and turn the crock pot on to high again. Stir the sour cream into the liquid well and cook for a few minutes until nice and hot. Add the chicken back into the sour cream in the slow cooker, put the lid back on, and let everything heat back up.

 cooked chicken paprikash


5.     Fry the potatoes, or prepare the rice or noodles right before serving the chicken. To serve, put potatoes, noodles or rice on a plate and place chicken on top. Spoon sour cream sauce over the top and garnish with additional paprika if you desire.

   chicken paprikash 2



chicken paprikash final


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