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Slow Cooker Paprika Chicken: One-Pot Meal with Rice and Green Beans

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Boneless, skinless chicken thighs slow-cooked in a creamy sauce made with smokey bacon, onion, bell pepper, garlic, smoked paprika, crushed tomatoes, and chicken broth served with rice and green beans, this crockpot paprika chicken will have you going back for thirds!

A plate of Paprika Chicken in a bed of rice with green beans sitting on a blue cloth.

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I love to cook, but I don’t always have time on weeknights. That’s why this slow cooker smoked paprika chicken recipe is so perfect! This dish is a take on a Hungarian classic, Paprikash chicken. It takes under 15 minutes to prepare and uses only one pot, which means less cleanup for us after dinner. Plus, it tastes fantastic, with a delicate balance of flavors that come together in the most satisfying way possible.

My paprika chicken recipe calls for chicken thighs cooked in bacon, onion, bell pepper, garlic, and paprika sauce with rice and green beans mixed in at the end to create a one-pot meal that is filling and comforting. 

What is Paprikash Chicken?

Paprikash is a dish that originated in the Hungarian-speaking regions of Eastern Europe. The original recipe called for chicken cooked in a paprika sauce with onions, peppers, and sour cream. While this dish may not be too well known to many people outside of Hungary, it’s still worth trying because it has a unique taste and flavor profile. In this post, we’ll show you how to make Slow Cooker Paprika Chicken – an easy take on the traditional Paprikash dish!

Ingredients For Your Slow Cooker Paprika Chicken Thighs

Ingredients for Paprika Chicken sitting on a marbled countertop.
  • olive oil 
  • chicken thighs
  • yellow onion
  • bacon 
  • red bell pepper
  • garlic
  • smoked paprika
  • flour 
  • can crushed tomatoes 
  • chicken broth 
  • rice 
  • green beans
  • sour cream
  • Salt & pepper  
  • Parsley – for garnish

How to Make Smoked Paprika Chicken in the Slow Cooker

Collage of creating Paprika Chicken.
  1. Brown chicken and place in the slow cooker (Photo 1)
  2. In the same skillet, combine oil, bacon, onion, bell pepper, garlic, and paprika, and cook till bacon is browning. (Photo 2)
  3. Stir in flour, then add crushed tomatoes, broth, and salt & pepper (Photos 3 & 4)
Collage of cooking Paprika Chicken in a slow cooker.
  1. Pour over chicken, cook on low 4-5 hours (Photo 5)
  2. Increase heat to high, remove chicken, add rice, and stir (Photos 6 & 7)
  3. Return chicken, cook 40 minutes or until rice is tender
  4. Add green beans in the last 15 minutes of cooking (Photo 8)
  5. Stir in sour cream, sprinkle with parsley
  6. Serve & enjoy! 
Paprika Chicken in a white bowl and on a plate.

What To Serve With Paprika Chicken Thighs

This slow cooker meal is well-rounded, as is with the paprika chicken, rice, and green beans. But, If you aren’t a fan of rice or are low-carb, you can use egg noodles, cauliflower rice, zoodles, or any other substitute you’d like.

For dessert, go with a blueberry dump cake or banana cream frozen yogurt!

Paprika Chicken in a white bowl with green beans and rice.

Paprika Chicken FAQs

Do I have to use Chicken Thighs In This Recipe?

Traditionally Paprikash chicken is made with chicken thighs, but you can use chicken breasts if you’d like. Chicken thighs tend to be juicer and retain moisture better than breasts. I prefer to use chicken thighs but if you’d like, substitute with boneless skinless chicken breasts.

How can I tell if my chicken thighs are cooked?

Chicken thighs are cooked when they are no longer pink in the middle. To test this, insert a meat thermometer into the center of one thigh to make sure it has reached 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Why do I need to saute my ingredients beforehand? It seems like an extra step!

Well, if you don’t, you’ll end up with soggy bacon and onions. That’s no fun! Sautéing the ingredients beforehand helps to bring out their flavors and make them more savory.

How long will this slow cooker paprika chicken last?

This dish can be stored in an airtight container for three-five days, refrigerated or frozen if properly wrapped and sealed tightly.

What other vegetables can be added to Slow Cooker Paprika Chicken Thighs?

Many people enjoy adding mushrooms, zucchini, or squash into their slow cooker paprikash chicken. Feel free to add any vegetables you like – just make sure they are cut into even pieces.

What is smoked paprika? Can I use regular paprika instead?

Smoked paprika has a richer, deeper flavor than regular sweet or hot paprikas because it’s made from peppers that have been slowly dried over open flames instead of quickly fried in oil as other varieties are. If you can’t find smoked paprika you can use regular or even hot paprika instead.

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Chicken thighs with creamy sauce on top of rice with green beans.
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Slow Cooker Paprika Chicken: One-Pot Meal with Rice and Green Beans

Author: Kim Schob
Course: Slow Cooker & Crockpot
Cuisine: Hungarian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours 40 minutes
Total Time: 6 hours
Yields 8 Servings
Slow Cooker Paprika Chicken is a delicious take on a classic Hungarian dish Paprikash. Just add rice and green beans during the last 40 minutes for a one-pot meal!


  • 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 2 pieces bacon
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 2 tablespoons garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes 15 oz can
  • 2 cups (470 g) chicken broth
  • ½ cup (92 ½ g) rice
  • 1 cup (110 g) green beans
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Parsley chopped – for garnish


  • Brown chicken and place in the slow cooker 
  • In the same skillet combine oil, bacon, onion, bell pepper, garlic, and paprika and cook till bacon is browning
  • Stir in flour then add crushed tomatoes, broth, and salt & pepper 
  • Pour over chicken, cook on low 4-5 hours
  • Increase heat to hi, remove chicken, add rice and stir
  • Return chicken, cook 40 minutes or until rice is tender
  • Add green beans in the last 15 minutes of cooking
  • Stir in sour cream, sprinkle with parsley
  • Serve & enjoy! 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 347kcal (17%) Carbohydrates: 15g (5%) Protein: 21g (42%) Fat: 22g (34%) Saturated Fat: 6g (38%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g Monounsaturated Fat: 10g Trans Fat: 0.1g Cholesterol: 113mg (38%) Sodium: 309mg (13%) Potassium: 360mg (10%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 2g (2%) Vitamin A: 906IU (18%) Vitamin C: 22mg (27%) Vitamin D: 0.1µg (1%) Calcium: 31mg (3%) Iron: 1mg (6%)

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