Chicken Paprikash; learn and learn again

This is a classic Hungarian dish, modified for a quick, mid-week dinner using chicken breasts rather than a whole chicken.

I, of course, just used sweet paprika, but adding a tbs of hot paprika would be more traditional.

Or add a few hot peppers or your favorite hot sauce.

Note that I didn’t ‘drain the tomatoes’ as is called for in so many recipes. I hate waste and have discovered that just simmering the dish, uncovered, thickens up the sauce nicely.

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Chicken Paprikash

Creamy chicken on pasta for a quick week-night dinner

  • Author: Katie Zeller
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Pasta


  • 2 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbs paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 2 cups (15oz, 450gr) whole tomatoes, peeled, chopped
  • 1/4 cup (2oz, 60ml) chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup (4oz, 120gr) Greek or plain yogurt or sour cream
  • 1 tbs cornstarch (maizena) dissolved in 2 tbs water
  • 1 1/4 cups (4.1oz, 125gr) bite-size pasta or egg noodles


  • Cook pasta or noodles according to package directions.
  • In medium skillet heat the oil over medium heat. Add the paprika, chili powder, and sauté briefly.
  • Add the pepper, onion and garlic and sauté for 5 minutes.
  • Add chicken and sauté for 5 minutes.
  • Add the stock, tomatoes with juices, reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Add cornstarch mixture and stir until thickened.
  • Stir in yogurt.
  • Spoon over pasta and serve.


You can use sour cream in place of yogurt

Keywords: chicken, pasta, paprika

Chicken Paprika

Well…. I just did something curious….

As I was typing the word ‘Note’ I apparently hit an errant key. All of a sudden my blog post was gone, my screen was black and red and I was informed that I was ‘incognito’.

I know what incognito browsing is but I have never used it and have no idea how to get there.

One never knows where the combination of bad typing and keyboard shortcuts will take one.

Time to learn something new…..

I should say: Time to learn something else new. Or re-learn.

My camera (Nikon 5000) developed a problem. The autofocus quit working.

It didn’t quit working completely. It worked fine outside in bright sunlight but not inside at night when I tend to take photos of food.

I thought there was a problem with a light sensor or something was dirty.

As there are no camera shops in the area I took it to the big-box store with the largest camera department.

I explained what I thought the problem was and when it did / did not work to the person at the service desk. It had to be sent of, which I assumed would happen.

The person wrote down: autofocus doesn’t work and sent it off.

I hoped that the expert technicians at the repair center would actually look at it and thoroughly test it.

I got it back yesterday, after 3 weeks.

They say the autofocus works fine. The problem was the ‘shade lens’ I was using. (It’s an anti-glare lens that I’ve been using for 3 years.) They took the lens off and Voila! All fixed!

Nothing was fixed. It works the same as before.

The only thing that different was the language of all the settings was in French rather than English.

Their ‘repair’ is guaranteed for 6 months so I could take it back, explain the problem again, have them ignore me again and wait 3 weeks for nothing again….

Or I could do what I should have done in the first place…..

Get the book out and learn how to properly use manual focus.

I did learn all that when I got the camera, but autofocus was so easy and I got lazy…..

Time to re-learn.

BTW – Happy Halloween! I miss the little Snickers bars…. They rarely made it all the way to Trick or Treat night….

4 thoughts on “Chicken Paprikash; learn and learn again”

  1. I only have smoked paprika. Do you think that would work well in this?

    I have to admit, I also am lazy and use the autofocus but I do know that it doesn’t always work in the house either. It will under the LED lights we use in a couple places and won’t in others so I set it to the A/M (? can’t remember) so I can use it either auto or manual.

    • I actually used smoked paprika… which is technically sweet because it is not hot…. if that makes sense.
      I’ve been taking food photos in the same place with the same lights for a few years and it stopped working so I know it’s a camera problem, not a lighting or lens problem. But who am I to tell that to the expert repair person ?!?
      Nikon for Dummies is at my side – I’m learning lol

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