Instant Pot Chicken Paprikash

Two chicken fillets with creamy sauce on top and paprika on side in brown plate

Looking for a comfort food recipe? Well then try Instant Pot Chicken Paprikash right now!

Three chicken fillets with creamy sauce on top and paprika on side in brown plate

This simple-to-make Instant Pot Chicken Paprikash recipe takes only 11 minutes to make and yet has a wonderful taste.

What is Chicken Paprikash?

Chicken paprikash (AKA paprikás csirke) is a well-known Hungarian dish.

Chicken Paprikash just means paprika chicken. As simple as that 🙂

I'm not Hungarian, but rather having experienced childhood in Europe, this velvety chicken stew has surely shown up on our table.

Instant Pot Chicken Paprikash Recipe Video

How to serve?

Traditionally, paprikash chicken is served with small dumplings or gnocchi-like noodles.

If you are too tired to make that as well, you have some great options you can make in your Instant Pot as well:

Instant Pot Boiled Potatoes

Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Instant Pot Baked Potatoes

Instant Pot Jasmine Rice

Instant Pot Quinoa

Instant Pot Yellow Rice

Serve it over on of the options above or even spiraled zucchini noodles and top with extra cream and some green onions to truly make this dish a dinner.

Is there any substitute for Olive oil?

If you don’t have olive oil, you can use butter or vegetable/sunflower oil.

Is there any substitute for Chicken Stock?

Yes, vegetable stock can be used as well as chicken broth.

What can I use instead of Chicken Thigh?

Chicken boneless is fine to use, chicken drumsticks as well and so are chicken breasts.

Cooking time could vary slightly.

This would depend on the type and size of the pieces as well.

How to make Instant Pot Chicken Paprikash?

Gather all the ingredients.

Instant Pot Chicken Paprikash

Season chicken thighs with Salt, Pepper, and Sweet Paprika. If you want, you can use smoked paprika instead or use both.

Instant Pot Chicken Paprikash

Take your Instant Pot and Set it to Saute for 3 minutes.

Add olive oil.

Instant Pot Chicken Paprikash

Add chopped Onions and Garlic cloves.

Stir well.

Instant Pot Chicken Paprikash

Now add chicken thighs into the pot.

Instant Pot Chicken Paprikash

Add some Bay leaves to t he pot.

Instant Pot Chicken Paprikash

Add the chicken stock into the pot.

Set the pot to high pressure for 5 minutes.

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Do a Quick Release.

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Saute for 3 minutes AGAIN and add Heavy cream to the pot.

Instant Pot Chicken Paprikash

Add 2 table spoons of Sour Cream to the pot.

Instant Pot Chicken Paprikash

Add 5 table spoons of Corn Starch. Stir

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Mix well.

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Cut a lemon in half and add its juice to the pot.

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Dish out your toothsome Instant Pot Chicken Paprikash and enjoy 🙂

Instant Pot Chicken Paprikash

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Two chicken fillets with creamy sauce on top and paprika on side in brown plate

Instant Pot Chicken Paprikash

One of the most famous and authentic Polish entrée meal…
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Hungarian, Polish
Keyword: paprika, smoked paprika
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Cook Time: 11 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: Corrie


  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves peel and chopped
  • 2 chicken thighs sliced in half
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 bay leaves
  • 1 ½ chicken stock
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoon sour cream
  • 5 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ½ lemon juiced


  • Season the chicken with salt, pepper and sweet paprika.
  • Press "saute" and add olive oil.
  • Add chopped onion and garlic and saute for 1 minute.
  • Add the chicken and saute on both sides until brown.
  • Add bay leaves and chicken stock and stir.
  • Close the lid and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes.
  • When cooking time is complete, do a quick pressure release and open the lid.
  • Add heavy cream, sour cream, cornstarch and lemon juice and stir well.
  • Serve and enjoy 🙂


Calories: 403kcal Carbohydrates: 15g Protein: 9g Fat: 35g Saturated Fat: 15g Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g Monounsaturated Fat: 15g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 112mg Sodium: 1457mg Potassium: 271mg Fiber: 2g Sugar: 2g Vitamin A: 2161IU Vitamin C: 8mg Calcium: 65mg Iron: 1mg


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4 thoughts on “Instant Pot Chicken Paprikash

  1. Hello, the recipe calls for 2 chicken thighs but says this makes 5 servings. I hope that's a typo because that's 1 serving for me. Is it a typo? Also, if one were to use chicken breasts, which are larger than thighs, how many would you recommend to replace the thighs?

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