There’s no need to boil the pasta or pre-cook the chicken! This Dump-and-Bake Chicken Paprikash and Noodles is an entire dinner that cooks in one dish!
You just can’t go wrong with a quick and easy weeknight dinner that involves minimal clean-up at the end! This Chicken Paprikash is almost too good to be true…almost!
As my regular readers know, I love to take a traditional, more time-consuming recipe and adapt it to suit our busy lives. At the end of a long day, the last thing that we want to worry about is standing in the kitchen, juggling pots and pans, boiling pasta, roasting chicken, or stirring a roux.
Nope, I’m just not going to do it! My life is too full and there are too many other things that I’d rather focus my time and attention on!
This dump-and-bake version of the classic Chicken Paprikash is a great example of how I feed my family during the week while still maintaining my sanity.
The traditional Chicken Paprikash (or “Paprika Chicken”) is actually the Hungarian national dish. I don’t have any Hungarian blood pumping through my veins, so maybe that’s why I’m 100% comfortable with a loose interpretation of the original!
In a traditional Chicken Paprikash, the meat is simmered for an extended time in a sauce that begins with a paprika-infused roux. The sweet paprika gives the dish a rosy color, and the creamy stew is typically served over egg noodles, dumplings or spaetzle.
Since I don’t usually have time to slow-simmer meat, and since I’d rather not dirty another pot by boiling my pasta separately, I just combine everything into one dish that bakes in the oven!
The end result is juicy chicken and tender pasta, all swimming in a creamy, mild sauce. It’s a dinner that your children will love too!
With the addition of smoked or spicy paprika, this recipe can easily be tweaked to suit your family’s preferences. Make it your own!
Most of all, I know that you will love the minimal prep work, which gets you in and out of the kitchen quickly! And don’t skip the fresh herbs on top — if you like dill, you will LOVE the extra layer of flavor that it adds to the meal!
DUMP-AND-BAKE CHICKEN PAPRIKASH AND NOODLES
Dump-and-Bake Chicken Paprikash and Noodles
Yield 8 servings
22 ounces Alfredo sauce (2 ½ cups)
3 cups less-sodium chicken broth
½ cup sour cream
1 tablespoon sweet paprika
½ teaspoon salt
12 ounces (about 6 cups) uncooked wide egg noodles
1 cup frozen diced onion, thawed (or 1 cup chopped fresh onion)
1 lb. uncooked boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced into bite-sized pieces
2 teaspoons minced garlic
Chopped fresh parsley or dill
Optional garnish: dusting of smoked paprika
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Spray your largest baking dish (I used a deep 9 x 13-inch dish) with cooking spray.
In the prepared dish (or in a separate bowl), whisk together the Alfredo sauce, chicken broth, sour cream, paprika and salt until smooth and completely combined. Stir in the uncooked noodles, onion, uncooked chicken and garlic. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.
Uncover; stir. At this point you should check the pasta to make sure that it is al dente (firm but just about finished cooking). If it’s still too hard, cover the dish and return to the oven until pasta is al dente. Then move on to the next step.
Remove the cover from the dish. Return dish to the oven (uncovered) and bake for for 10 more minutes (or until pasta is tender, chicken is cooked through, and sauce has thickened).
Give it a good stir, dust with sprinkling of smoked or spicy paprika, and garnish with chopped fresh parsley or dill.
Note: This is a mild dish (and kid-friendly) because it uses sweet paprika. If you want to add a smoky or spicy flavor to the meal, add ¼ teaspoon of smoked paprika or spicy paprika to the sauce before baking.
Cooking for a Smaller Family? You can cut all of the ingredients in half and bake the Chicken Paprikash in an 8- or 9-inch square dish.
Serving Size 1/8 of the recipe
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 10.7 g
Saturated Fat 5.8 g
Cholesterol 103 mg
Sodium 855 mg
Total Carbohydrates 30.6 g
Dietary Fiber 1.9 g
Sugars 3.9 g
Protein 21.5 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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