Paprikash Hotdish
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Recipe courtesy of Molly Yeh

Paprikash Hotdish

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 15 min
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
Paprikash is a Hungarian dish that consists of chicken, tons of onions and a creamy paprika sauce. It’s really comforting. This version takes the best part of a hotdish, the tots on top, and puts it all together for a hot, cozy, casserole take on paprikash.



  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the carrots, onion, a good pinch of salt and a few turns of pepper and cook, stirring, until the carrots and onion are soft, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic, paprika, tomato paste and cayenne and cook for 1 more minute.
  3. Stir in the flour so that it gets evenly distributed and cook for 1 more minute. Add the wine and stir until thickened. Then add half of the stock, stirring constantly until thickened, and repeat with the other half. Then stir in the heavy cream. Add the chicken, season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring often, until it’s cooked through and no longer pink, 15 minutes. Stir in the peas. Taste and adjust the seasonings as desired.
  4. Transfer the mixture to an 11-by-8-inch baking dish (see Cook's Note) and cover with the Tater Tots, arranging them snugly and neatly. Season with salt and pepper. Bake until the tots are golden brown. Begin checking for doneness at 30 minutes. Let cool slightly, sprinkle parsley on top and serve!
  5. Or, if not baking immediately, let cool slightly, cover tightly with plastic and refrigerate or freeze until ready to cook. It'll last 2 days in the refrigerator and 3 months in the freezer. Just bring to room temperature before baking.

Cook’s Note

Or you can cook the whole thing from start to finish in a 3-quart ovenproof dish and keep it in that.