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chicken chickpea paprikash in cast iron pan

Better Chicken and Chickpea Paprikash

Healthier Chicken Paprikash recipe. This lightened up version is made with chicken breasts and chickpeas for extra fibre.
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Course: Main
Cuisine: Hungarian
Keyword: chicken paprikash
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 305kcal


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 chicken breasts skinless and boneless, sliced in strips
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tbsp smoked paprika or sweet paprika
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 375ml/1 ½ cups chicken stock
  • 400ml/14oz canned diced tomatoes
  • 400ml/14 oz canned chickpeas drained
  • 125ml/1/2 cup sour cream or creme fraiche full fat
  • flat leaf parsley chopped


  • Cut chicken breast in strips and season with salt and pepper.
  • In a large pan sear chicken strips in olive oil until just sealed but not completely cooked, approximately for 5-7 minutes. Remove to a plate.
  • Add sliced pepper and stir fry over medium-high heat until slightly charred but still crispy. Remove to a plate and set aside.
  • Reduce the heat to low and add chopped onion. Cook for 5-7 minutes until soft, add garlic and continue cooking for 1 minute.
  • Add paprika and flour, stir to combine until you have a red paste.
  • Whisk chicken stock in until the paste is completely blended into it. You might want to add ½ cup first and whisk, then the rest of the stock to avoid lumps.
  • Add diced tomatoes.
  • Return chicken to the pan and add chickpeas. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat down, cover with a lid and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • After 20 minutes uncover your chicken paprikash, stir in sour cream, add red peppers and take off the heat immediately to avoid sour cream separating.
  • Taste and add more salt if necessary.
  • Serve sprinkled with chopped flat leaf parsley and steaming rice or noodles.


Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 89mg | Sodium: 869mg | Potassium: 742mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2820IU | Vitamin C: 42.3mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 1.8mg