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Chicken Paprikash for Protection and Passion | Easy Weekday Meals | Kitchen Witchery with Sara

The other recipes weren't kidding when they said this was paprika heaven.

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Okay, so... you've seen my recipe for Coq au Vin. You've seen my recipe for Beef Goulash.

What if we basically made goulash with a Coq au Vin cooking style (and, of course, chicken)?

From my understanding of the Hungarian Chicken Paprikash, that's essentially what it is. Lots of onion, lots of paprika, the good bone-in, skin on chicken thighs, and a little bit of time simmering away makes this meal honestly pretty delicious. And while I looked at plenty recipes to understand how to make this, I found that once I broke it down like that—understanding it something like the Coq au Vin process—it was a lot easier to just let the ancestors guide me.

And boy, did they guide me when it came to popping three massive onions into that pot.

But this is absolutely going to become another staple in the meal rotation when I have chicken thighs on hand (and paprika I'm not afraid to burn through), because it is savory, rich, and so satisfying. Comfort food with a bit of a kick, this is. And magically, all that onion and paprika (and some bonus items like nutmeg, thyme, and some pasta to serve with this) makes it both one pot glory and extra useful for the kitchen witch.

Let's jump in!

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I'm going to say it again: anything that has onions in it, and a good amount of spice, can be either a blessing or a curse—literally!

There's a thing called "spicy protection," or, in more standard terms, "baneful wards." These baneful wards are set up not only to protect you from anything that might hurt you, but to hit back hard. And with the main ingredients we're looking at for this recipe, it's the perfect blend of energy to keep you safe full of love on the inside, and covered in thorns on the outside.

Water and fire, Venus and Mars—they mix together here in a way that has you balancing both the need to be gentle on the inside and heal with the need to get out, get loud, and get things done. The onion and paprika are by far the stars, with their protective, sharp energies ready to both pep you up and knock away everything that's been bogging you down, and the touch of love from the thyme and dairy only makes it that much richer, more luxurious, and soothing of a dish.

Chicken Paprikash for Protection and Passion

Prep time: 45 minutes

Cook time: 120 minutes

Makes 4-6 Servings


  • 5-6 bone in, skin on chicken thighs (2lbs)

  • 1 Tbsp butter

  • 3 large sweet onions

  • 1 red bell pepper

  • 5 cloves garlic

  • 1/4 cup Hungarian paprika

  • 2 Tbsp garlic powder

  • 1 Tbsp onion powder

  • 1 tsp nutmeg

  • 1/2 Tbsp thyme

  • 1 cube chicken bouillon

  • 1/4 cup sour cream

  • 1lb pasta (egg noodle, bowtie)


  1. Brown your chicken in butter until the skins are crispy, then set aside

  2. Chop all your onions and cook them in the same pot on medium-high

  3. Add your peppers and garlic after the onion has softened and season with salt and pepper.

  4. Once the vegetables have released more water, add all your seasonings and chicken cube, then let toast on medium-high for three minutes.

  5. Add one to two cups of water, stir, and bring to a boil, then simmer for half an hour.

  6. Add chicken back to the pot and simmer for another half an hour.

  7. Start boiling your water for noodles and take chicken out of the pot to remove skin and bones.

  8. Once chicken is shredded into bite size pieces, return to pot and boil your noodles until al dente.

  9. Take the sauce off the heat and add your sour cream,, stirring to combine.

  10. Drain your noodles and add them directly to the pot, then serve.

Whether you're looking for the energy to blast through life's challenges, or the hardcore protection when things just feel like they're all over the place, or for the healing, abundance, and love to carry you through a slightly more stressful week, this here is your dish. Enjoy! ♥

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