Chicken Paprikash

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Chicken Paprikash lightened up to be less fat than the original Hungarian traditional version

Chicken Paprikash is a Hungarian dish that is adored by many. If you’re looking for a version of the traditional dish without all the extra fat, you’re in the right place!

This was a lovely Chicken Paprikash recipe was something I featured in a previous 17 Day Diet Cycle 1 Challenge and it was a hit among the members!

Tender white chicken meat covered in yummy paprika-infused sauce surrounded by bell peppers and tomatoes, this lower fat version of the traditional Chicken Paprikash is definitely one you must try!

Low fat version of the traditional Hungarian dish Chicken Paprikash

Hungarian Chicken Paprikash

While this particular recipe may not be an authentic Hungarian Chicken Paprikash, it comes pretty darn close!

Traditional Chicken Paprikash recipes will likely include many of the same ingredients in this recipe. However, many authentic Chicken Paprikash dishes will include cream and of course Hungarian Paprika!

While this recipe doesn’t include those specific recipes, it’s still delicious!

Chicken Paprikash Ingredients

Like I mentioned earlier, more traditional Hungarian Chicken Paprikash recipes call for more fatty ingredients such cream to make the sauce thick and creamy.

While this particular Chicken Paprikash was created for the 17 Day Diet as a lower fat dish, it’s still yummy and one you ought to give a try! 

Here are a few of the ingredients you’ll need to make this recipe:

Paprika is the main seasoning in Chicken Paprikash

Chicken Paprikash for the 17 Day Diet

If you’re eating low carb and/or low fat on the 17 Day Diet, you can certainly have this Chicken Paprikash recipe on all cycles of the diet.

I specifically created this lighter version for a previous Cycle 1 Challenge, so it was made for you!

If you’re not sure which foods are allowed when, make sure you check out my 17 Day Diet Cycle 1 Food List for all the info!

You can also check out my book on Amazon called Fast Track Your Weight Loss With the 17 Day Diet which has all the food lists (and a 7 day meal plan, too!).

This lower fat version of Chicken Paprikash is perfect for all cycles of the 17 day diet

Can I have Chicken Paprikash on the Kickstart Diet?

Yes, you can definitely have this yummy Chicken Paprikash dish while on the 17 Day Kickstart Diet.

You can have this dish starting on the 10-Day Stabilize Scrub Phase when certain dairy is allowed.

If you want to try this recipe starting on day 1, you’ll need to make a minor tweak and you’ll be good to go.

Instead of using sour cream, opt for coconut milk instead (it will change the flavor a bit) or leave it out all together.

If you’re not sure which foods are allowed during each phase, make sure you take a look at my 17 Day Kickstart Diet Food List.

This lighter version of a Hungarian Chicken Paprikash Recipe is perfect for all cycles of the 17 Day Diet

Keto Chicken Paprikash

If you’re on the Keto Diet, this dish can be eaten as is.

Depending on your macros, you can certainly make this recipe a bit more authentic. Try these changes:

  • Use butter or lard to fry up your chicken
  • Use dark chicken if you want
  • Add 1/4 cup cream at the end to make this dish even creamier

If you’re new to keto, make sure you check out my Keto Diet Beginner’s Guide.

Are you unsure of which foods are keto friendly? Make sure you check out my Keto Diet Food List.

Side Dishes To Serve with Chicken Paprikash

You can serve this with riced cauliflower, your favorite veggies or a big green salad.

Here are a few other recipes you can serve alongside this Chicken Paprikash Recipe:

More Low Carb Chicken Recipes

If you’re on the search for more chicken recipes that are low carb, make sure you check out these yummy dishes, many of which are my favorites:

If you enjoy this Chicken Paprikash recipe make sure you come back to review the recipe card below. If you’re on social, make sure you tag me @17ddblog so I can see your lovely dish.

Chicken Paprikash for all types of low carb diets

Low fat version of the traditional Hungarian dish Chicken Paprikash
Yield: 4 Servings

Chicken Paprikash

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

This lightened up version of a traditional Hungarian Chicken Paprikash recipe is a simple, yet elegant dish for dinner.


  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 3 chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-2 bell peppers, any color, thinly sliced or cut into pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1 -2 Tablespoons paprika (to your liking)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • onion powder to taste
  • dash of cayenne pepper
  • Cherry tomatoes, halved for garnish (optional)
  • Parsley, chopped for garnish (optional)


  1. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil on medium high heat. Add chicken pieces to skillet, season with salt and pepper and onion powder. When chicken is browned, remove from skillet and set aside.
  2. Next, reduce heat to medium, add remaining tablespoon olive oil to skillet and saute onions and bell peppers, until tender. Add garlic to pan and saute for another 30 seconds.
  3. Next, add chicken broth to skillet to deglaze pan scraping any bits from the bottom using a wooden spoon.
  4. Add browned chicken, tomato, paprika, a dash of cayenne, and salt and pepper to taste to the pan and simmer covered for about 30 minutes.
  5. After chicken mixture has simmered for 30 minutes, take a few spoons full of sauce and add to sour cream in a small bowl. Stir until combined and sour cream is tempered.
  6. Add warmed sour cream to skillet and stir until mixture is nice and creamy.
  7. Simmer uncovered for about 10 minutes or until sauce has reduced and has thickened up a bit.
  8. Garnish with fresh cherry tomatoes and parsley for a little added freshness.


Approved for:

17 Day Diet - all cycles

17 Day Kickstart Diet - 10-Day Stabilize Phase (see blog post for using earlier)

Keto Diet

Serve over steamed veggies, cauliflower rice or another starch.

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