Easy Chicken Goulash
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Easy Chicken Goulash

A quick an easy midweek twist on a classic, this Easy Chicken Goulash is just as delicious as a traditional beef goulash but is ready in half the time! (Serves 4-6 depending on appetite and accompaniments)
Course Main Course
Cuisine Eastern European, Hungarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 people
Calories 449kcal
Author Eb Gargano


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium onions sliced
  • 1 green (bell) pepper sliced
  • 1 red (bell) pepper sliced
  • 90 g smoked lardons or chopped streaky bacon (I use the little packs of Tesco Finest Lardons)
  • 4 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed or grated
  • 800g g chicken thigh cut into bite size pieces
  • 400 g tin chopped tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper to taste

To serve...

  • Rice or pasta/mash/baked potatoes/bread
  • Sour cream optional
  • 2 tablespoons parsley optional


  • Put the onion, peppers and olive oil in a large saucepan and fry gently, with the lid on for 5 minutes, until the onions and peppers are softened but not brown.
  • Add the lardons (or chopped streaky bacon) and turn up the heat. Fry for 3 minutes until the lardons, peppers and onions have a little colour.
  • Turn down the heat and add the paprika, caraway seeds and garlic. Fry for 1 minute.
  • Add the chicken, tinned tomatoes, salt and pepper and bring to the boil.
  • Turn down the heat, put the lid on and cook for 45 minutes. Add a little splash of water if it gets too dry. Alternatively you can cook this stew in the oven. Cook at 180C (160C fan/ gas mark 4 / 350F)  for the same length of time (or longer!)
  • Serve with rice, sour cream and a sprinkling of parsley.


This Easy Chicken Goulash will be perfectly cooked and delicious after 45 minutes, but can be cooked for up to 1h30 if you need it to – a longer cook will result in a more concentrated and more developed flavour.
This goulash can also be cooked in a slow cooker: follow the recipe as above then transfer to your slow cooker and cook for 3 hours on high or 6 hours on low.
Suitable for freezing.
Nutrition information is approximate and meant as a guideline only.


Calories: 449kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 140mg | Sodium: 294mg | Potassium: 672mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1710IU | Vitamin C: 52.4mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 2.5mg