Are you guys fans of chicken paprikash? Savory chicken in a creamy tomato sauce with lots and lots of paprika: simple, comforting, and quick to make.

To be honest, until making chicken paprikash myself, I hadn’t had it. There aren’t a lot of Hungarian places around here and I don’t have a friendly Hungarian grandma or grandpa neighbor to share their secret family recipe. So, of course I turned to the internet. I have no idea if this recipe is traditional or totally out of left field, but it was delicious and very easy to make.

I liked the crispy chicken thighs and the sauce was amazing. I would maybe add a bit of acidity and brightness to it with lemon and I’d probably also increase the cayenne for a bit of a kick. I loved it a lot though and with the egg noodles, it was definitely my idea of a good time :)

chicken paprikash | i am a food blog

chicken paprikash | i am a food blog

chicken paprikash | i am a food blog

chicken paprikash | i am a food blog

Oven Baked Paprika Chicken Thighs Recipe

Hungarian Chicken Paprikash is so good you'll wish you tried it years ago.
Serves 2
4.67 from 6 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 4 bone in skin on chicken thighs
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic sliced
  • 1.5 tbsp smoked paprika Hungarian preferred
  • 1/4 tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • 15 oz crushed tomatoes 1 can
  • 1/2 cup sour cream


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Pat the chicken thighs dry and season both sides with salt and freshly ground pepper.
  • In an oven safe skilled, melt the butter over medium high heat and add the chicken thighs, skin side down. Brown, without moving, until golden and crispy. Remove from the pan and set aside on a plate.
  • Add the onions and garlic to the pan and cook, stirring, until soft. Turn the heat down and stir in the paprika, then the crushed tomatoes. Add about a 1/4 cup water to the tomato can and swirl to get all the last bits of tomato. Pour into the pan then nestle the chicken back into the sauce.
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  • Bake, uncovered, for 30-35 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Meanwhile, take the sour cream out of the fridge and let come to room temp.
  • When the chicken is done, remove from the oven and take a spoonful or two of sauce and stir it into the sour cream to temper it. Stir the sour cream into the sauce. Taste and adjust with salt and pepper if needed. Serve with egg noodles, top with parsley, and enjoy.
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adapted from Bon Appetit

Estimated Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Oven Baked Paprika Chicken Thighs Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 454 Calories from Fat 215
% Daily Value*
Fat 23.9g37%
Saturated Fat 12.6g79%
Cholesterol 155mg52%
Sodium 603mg26%
Potassium 577mg16%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 9.4g39%
Sugar 13.8g15%
Protein 35.4g71%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  1. Jen says:

    What’s your email? I can send you my family’s treasured recipe. Looks like you’ re missing the bell peppers, 2 red, 2 green + 1 BIG onion. 1/2 a can of tomato paste instead of the crushed tomatoes will give you a much better flavor overall.

  2. Claire says:

    5 stars
    This was really good! I added a diced pepper with the onions :)

  3. Taste and Soul says:

    5 stars
    Im a big fan chicken, I followed your recipe, the results are amazing!!!

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