Instant Pot Chicken Paprika

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A delicious Instant Pot chicken recipe, this Instant Pot Chicken Paprika is the epitome of delicious, comfort food – hearty, rich, filling and flavorful.

This Instant Pot Chicken Paprika is the best kind of comfort food: easy, delicious, filling - and super healthy! Simply the best chicken stew recipe (and it's low carb, too)

Instant Pot Paprikash Recipe

Last year, my favorite Hungarian restaurant in my city closed down so the owners could retire. It was such a fun place with lush furniture, great staff and heaping plates of delicious Hungarian food, like this chicken paprika.

Of course, after my initial mourning period, I set out to recreate their flavorful and creamy chicken paprika recipe with pull-apart chicken and a richly spiced stew-like broth.

It may not look like much, but this chicken paprika is comfort food at it’s finest. Healthy, delicious and super filling. Plus, it’s low-carb if that’s something you’re trying to do. It’s simple enough to throw together on a weeknight, but delicious enough to serve to guests.

While I love my Crockpot Rotisserie Chicken Soup and Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings, this chicken stew kind of blows them out of the water in terms of flavor. Once you try it, you’ll start craving it whenever the weather starts getting colder. (Plus all those spices, veggies and protein would be great if you were fighting a cold.)

If it’s not obvious enough by the name, this recipe requires a great-quality paprika. Fresh (not the stuff that’s been in the back of the cupboard for two years), preferably Hungarian. Paprika is made from dried peppers and is usually categorized as either hot, sweet or smoked. I used smoked paprika in my recipe, but sweet would also be great – bringing a fruity, slightly bitter, flavor profile.

Is Chicken Paprika spicy? If you use hot paprika, or double the amount of paprika called for in this recipe, you can make this chicken paprika recipe spicy. However, the amount called for in the recipe below is just enough to add a bit of warmth and flavor, without making it spicy – so it’s perfect for the whole family. Use sweet paprika if you really want to avoid heat, or smoky paprika if you want to add a smoky flavor profile to your stew.

Can this Instant Pot Chicken Paprika be frozen? Absolutely, you can store in your favorite freezer bags or airtight freezer containers for up to two months. (This set of freezer containers is a crazy bargain.) You may want to omit the sour cream if you plan on freezing it, as sour cream can separate when reheating, but it will still be safe to eat.

What kind of chicken should I use for chicken paprika? I personally like using chicken thighs for fall-apart chicken with great flavor. Bone-in has the best flavor but it can be tricky to ensure you get all of the bones afterwards, so go with your personal preference of bone-in or boneless. Chicken breasts can also be used.

What is the difference between goulash and paprikash? While both are paprika-based stews, goulash often contains potatoes and beef or veal, while paprikash does not contain potatoes and usually uses chicken or veal.

What to Serve with Chicken Paprika

 

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Instant Pot Chicken Paprikash Ingredients

Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.

Tip: you can chop the chicken in advance or shred after cooking. Shredded after is way easier!

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How to Make Instant Pot Chicken Paprika

Place the oil in the IP and select the saute setting.


Add the chopped onion and saute for 2 minutes, then add the garlic for 1 minute.

Turn off the saute setting and add the thighs, peppers and seasoning.


I like to stir the tomato paste and greek yogurt into the broth before adding them all to the IP.


Secure the lid and select the “soup/stew” setting for 10 minutes.


Natural release, then shred the chicken with two forks.


Serve in bowls with a dollop of sour cream, or alongside some mashed potatoes or mashed cauliflower.

 

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How to make chicken paprika in the instant pot. Flavorful, filling and super healthy! The perfect cold weather comfort food. Use sweet or smoked paprika for family-friendly, or spice it up with hot paprika

Grab our free printable recipe for our Instant Pot Chicken Paprika stew recipe:

Yield: 4 servings

Instant Pot Chicken Paprika

Instant Pot Chicken Paprika

A quick and easy recipe for Instant Pot Chicken Paprikash with a flavorful, rich stew and pull-apart chicken.

Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 3 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil (or oil of choice)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 chicken thighs, deboned
  • 2 bell peppers, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons paprika
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups water or stock
  • 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 Tablespoons greek yogurt or sour cream
  • Parsley, optional garnish
  • Lemon juice, optional for serving

Instructions

  1. Place the oil in the IP and select the saute setting.
  2. Add the chopped onion and saute for 2 minutes, then add the garlic for 1 minute.
  3. Turn off the saute setting and add the thighs, peppers and seasoning.
  4. I like to stir the tomato paste and greek yogurt into the broth before adding them all to the IP.
  5. Secure the lid and select the "soup/stew" setting for 10 minutes.
  6. Natural release, then shred the chicken with two forks.
  7. Serve in bowls with a dollop of sour cream, or alongside some mashed potatoes or mashed cauliflower.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 313Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 129mgSodium: 344mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 27g

Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.

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I hope your family loves this flavorful chicken stew recipe as much as mine does! It’s a staple in our house once the weather starts to get chilly.

For more delicious Instant Pot Chicken Recipes, check out our Instant Pot Tuscan Chicken recipe or our Instant Pot Chicken Piccata recipe.

This super simple Instant Pot Chicken Paprika takes only 30 minutes and results in fall-apart, mouth-watering chicken stew that totally hits the spot! Instant Pot Comfort Food at its finest.  This Instant Pot Chicken Paprika is the best kind of comfort food: easy, delicious, filling - and super healthy! Simply the best chicken stew recipe (and it's low carb, too)  How to make chicken paprika in the instant pot. Flavorful, filling and super healthy! The perfect cold weather comfort food. Use sweet or smoked paprika for family-friendly, or spice it up with hot paprika  This super simple Instant Pot Chicken Paprika takes only 30 minutes and results in fall-apart, mouth-watering chicken stew that totally hits the spot! Instant Pot Comfort Food at its finest.

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