Paprika Chicken and Dumplings

I haven’t made this recipe in years, but this creamy, Hungarian-style chicken and dumplings dish is beautiful and scrumptious. The dumplings are very similar to the ones my mother called “noodles” that she put in her onion-soup-based potato soup.

Chicken & Dumplings
Serves 6-8 


2-3 pound fryer chicken (cut up)
1/2 medium onions (chopped)
2 cloves garlic (minced)
1 tomato (chopped)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup water
1 chicken bouillon cube
2 tablespoons paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
green pepper (cut in 1/2-inch slices)
dumplings (ingredients below)
1 cup sour cream


8 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
3 eggs (well beaten)
1/2 cup water
2 cups flour
1-2 teaspoons salt

Heat oil in a large skillet until hot. Cook chicken over medium heat until brown on all sides, about 15 minutes. Remove chicken to a plate. Cook onions, green pepper and garlic until onions are clear and peppers are tender. Remove vegetables to another dish. Drain fat from skillet, stir in tomato, water, bouillon, paprika, salt and pepper. Scrape the brown particles in the bottom of the pan to loosen. Return the chicken and vegetables to the pot. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and cook until thickest pieces of chicken are done, 10-15 minutes.

To make the dumplings, heat the 8 cups of water and 1 teaspoon of salt to a boil in a Dutch oven. In a bowl mix eggs, 1/2 cup water, flour and 1 to 2 teaspoons salt (I keep the salt to about 1 teaspoon). Drop dough by teaspoonfuls into boiling water. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Drain. Dumplings will be chewy, not fluffy.

Remove chicken to a heated platter. Keep warm. Skim fat from skillet. Stir in sour cream. Add dumplings. Heat until hot. Serve chicken with dumplings and sour cream/vegetable sauce.


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About Lois

My husband, Don Crawford, and I love to cook. For me, it's more about eating delicious food than the actual cooking. I like to cook mostly because I like to eat, and I like the proud sense of accomplishment when the food I make is appreciated by others. For Don, it's all about presentation. So we make a good team. I'm too impatient to create beautiful presentations (usually), but he sweeps in and takes over so it all turns out great. All our recipes are tried and true!
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