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!
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!
Equipment You’ll Need To Make Crockpot Paprika Chicken
If you are making this recipe in an instant pot that has a slow cooker feature, then you will only need your instant pot and a few utensils! If you do not have an instant pot, you will need to use a medium-size skillet to saute your bacon, onions, garlic, etc, before you transfer to your crockpot. Sauteeing the ingredients beforehand really brings out the flavor.
Full directions and measurements for this dish are in the printable recipe card below. These step by step photos and instructions are here to help you visualize how to make this recipe.
Ingredients For Your Slow Cooker Paprika Chicken Thighs
- olive oil
- chicken thighs
- yellow onion
- red bell pepper
- smoked paprika
- can crushed tomatoes
- chicken broth
- green beans
- sour cream
- Salt & pepper
- Parsley – for garnish
How to Make Smoked Paprika Chicken in the Slow Cooker
- 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!
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.
Paprika Chicken FAQs
Do I have to use Chicken Thighs In This Recipe?
How can I tell if my chicken thighs are cooked?
Why do I need to saute my ingredients beforehand? It seems like an extra step!
How long will this slow cooker paprika chicken last?
What other vegetables can be added to Slow Cooker Paprika Chicken Thighs?
What is smoked paprika? Can I use regular paprika instead?
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