Easy Chicken Goulash with Quick Dumplings

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This Easy Chicken Goulash with quick homemade dumplings will blow your mind!  This Hungarian dish takes 10 minutes to prep and only 30 minutes to cook, but still tastes like it cooked all day.  Make ahead for busy weeknights.

Chicken Goulash with quick homemade dumplings, red pepper, and parsley in a pot with a wood spoon.

This is an easy version of a traditional Hungarian Chicken Goulash recipe – and it’s DELICIOUS!  It’s quick and easy, cooks in one pot, but still tastes like it cooked all day.  And you will not believe how incredibly easy and quick-cooking these homemade little dumplings are.  You get warm peppery (not hot) flavors combined with tangy tomato, sweet bell peppers, and hearty chicken and dumplings.  This is an easy chicken dinner that my family loves and I know yours will too!

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EASY INGREDIENTS THAT MAKE GOULASH A GOULASH

The primary ingredient that really makes a goulash taste like a goulash is the Paprika!  Paprika is a spice that’s made from ground dried red peppers. There are different varieties of Paprika.  There is Hungarian Paprika, Spanish Paprika, Smoked Paprika, or just Paprika.  Typically, Hungarian and Spanish will have a spicy kick to them.  Whereas Smoked Paprika and anything simply called Paprika will generally be more smokey and warm vs. hot spicy.  This recipe used both Hungarian Paprika and Smoked Paprika to tame the heat level.  If you like Goulash, then you have to try my Weeknight Paprika Pork Stew Recipe , this delicious Chicken & Rice Stuffed Cabbage (Golumpki!)  or my Hungarian Paprika Chicken with Paprika Aioli

Next are the caraway seeds.  These are the seeds that you may know from Rye bread that give it its unique flavor.  These tasty little seeds also impart wonderful flavor notes to this soup.  You can use either the dried whole seeds or ground seeds.  I used whole in this recipe.

Bell Peppers are the next common ingredient.  You can find a variety of other veggies in various versions of goulash, but pretty consistently, you will find red peppers, green peppers, or both.  They bring a sweet peppery flavor and also provide a nice texture to this soup.

And finally, dumplings.  The dumplings are traditional in Hungarian goulash and this recipe is so incredibly quick and easy, you have just got to try them!  All it takes is flour, egg, and salt.  Mix in a bowl, then roll out and either pinch off into the soup or cut small pieces.  They only take 2-3 minutes to cook! 

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RECIPE EQUIPMENT NEEDED

I made this Goulash in a dutch oven. However, any large bottom pot will work. You could also make this in a slow cooker. See the FAQ section for more on using a slow cooker.

Oh, and mincing garlic is made super easy with a Garlic Press.

RECIPE PREP-AHEAD STEPS FOR THIS CHICKEN GOULASH

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are steps you can prepare ahead to save time on busy nights! (See the full recipe below) 

Cut the chicken into 1 inch cubes.

Slice the Bacon into thin strips. PRO TIP: Freeze your bacon slices before cutting them.  It makes is so much easier to cut through.

Peel and cut the onion into 1 inch chunks, then separate layers. Cut the red and green peppers into similar size pieces. Mince the garlic.

Measure out the seasonings and spices. Open the diced tomatoes. Measure out the flour for the dumplings.

COOKING YOUR CHICKEN WILD RICE CASSEROLE

Preheat a large Dutch oven over high heat and add the bacon. Cook to render the fat, about 5 minutes, and then add the onions. Cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.

Bacon and diced onions in pot cooking with wooden spoon for Chicken Goulash with quick homemade dumplings.

Add the chicken, garlic, bell peppers, caraway seeds, and the paprika powder . Stir to combine and cook for another 2 minutes.

Wood spoon stirring red and green peppers, chicken, bacon and diced onions in pot cooking for Chicken Goulash with quick homemade dumplings.

Add the bouillon cubes, water, and diced tomatoes. Stir to combine. Bring the goulash to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Hand adding can of diced tomatoes to pot on stove with red and green peppers, chicken, bacon and diced onions for Chicken Goulash with quick homemade dumplings.

While the goulash is cooking, make the dumplings by adding the flour to a large bowl, then the egg, and a pinch of salt. Mix together until it forms a ball and then knead together with your hand for 1 minute. Split into 3 sections and then roll each section out into a thin cord. Then pinch off small pieces with your fingers or using a knife to create dumplings.

Flour in a bowl on counter with whole egg next to it and salt in bowl for Chicken Goulash with quick homemade dumplings.

Dumpling dough in clear bowl on counter for Chicken Goulash with quick homemade dumplings.

Knife cutting dumplings from 3 slender dough ropes on a plate on counter for Chicken Goulash with quick homemade dumplings.

During the final 5 minutes of the goulash cooking time, add the dumplings and stir to submerge and distribute them. Let them cook during the final minutes (they only require about 3 minutes).

Uncooked dumplings on a plate being added to Chicken Goulash cooking in a pot on stove.

Serve in bowls with a dollop of sour cream and garnish with fresh parsley. Enjoy!

Chicken Goulash with quick homemade dumplings, red pepper, and parsley in a bowl with a spoon and sour cream on top.

RECIPE FAQS

Can I make this in the slow cooker?

Yes, this can be made in the slow cooker!  To do so, you can simply add all of the ingredients under Chicken, Onions, and Spices and Rest of Goulash Ingredients at the same time to the slow cooker insert.  Mix to combine and set the slow cooker to 6 hours or 8 hours, depending on your schedule.  Wait to make and add the dumplings until the end of the cooking time.  Follows Cooking Steps 4-6 to finish.  

Can I use chicken thighs instead of breasts?

Yes, you can use chicken thighs, but I recommend sticking with boneless skinless thighs for easy prep and cooking. Consider the amount of thighs that you will need as well. Generally, I estimate 16 ounces or 1 pound of chicken for 4 servings. That will likely mean 5-6 boneless skinless thighs, depending on their size. The recipe instructions will be the same for thighs as the breasts.

Can this be turned into a Beef Goulash instead of chicken?

You can definitely make this with beef.  There are a couple options.  For a super tender, fall-apart beef, you will want to use beef chuck cubed.  If you make in the dutch oven or large pot, then you will need to simmer for 2+ hours until the beef is tender.  

You can also do a quick-cooking option with Beef filet cubes.  In this option, you will want to season and sear the beef cubes in the pot first.  Transfer them to a plate while you make the rest of the dish.  Then add them back for the final 10 minutes of the cooking time.  

Your final option is to use beef chuck in the slow cooker.  See the slow cooker steps in the question above.

Is this soup healthy?

Yes, this Chicken Goulash recipe has many healthy ingredients and is therefore, a good source of protein, vitamins, and nutrients.  The chicken breast is a lean source of protein and with tomatoes and peppers, you get tons of veggie!  

Is this recipe gluten free?

This recipe is gluten free with the ingredients listed.  However, as with any recipe that you find online, make sure that you double check all packaging ingredient labels to ensure that it does not contain gluten.

Can I make this in advance?

Absolutely!  This dish reheats beautifully and is a great meal prep option for enjoying several days during the week!  To reheat, you can place it in a microwave safe bowl and warm it for 1-2 minutes.  Or you can place it back in a sauce pot covered on the stove and warm it on medium heat.  It will take about 10-15 minutes.

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Chicken Goulash with quick homemade dumplings, red pepper, and parsley in a bowl with a spoon and sour cream on top.

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Easy Chicken Goulash with Quick Dumplings

This is an easy version of a traditional Hungarian Chicken Goulash recipe – and it's DELICIOUS!  It's quick and easy, cooks in one pot, but still tastes like it cooked all day.  And you will not believe how incredibly easy and quick-cooking these homemade little dumplings are.  You get warm peppery (not hot) flavors combined with tangy tomato, sweet bell peppers, and hearty chicken and dumplings.  This is an easy chicken dinner that my family loves and I know yours will too!

Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Hungarian
Keyword chicken, goulash, paprika, red peppers, soup, stew
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 388 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Onions, Chicken, Spices

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 slices Bacon
  • 1 Large yellow onion
  • 1 pound Chicken Breasts, boneless, skinless
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tablespoon Hungarian Hot Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds

Rest of Goulash Ingredients

  • 1 green pepper sliced
  • 1 red pepper sliced
  • 28 ounces diced tomatoes
  • 3 cubes Chicken Bouillon
  • 4 cups Water
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

Dumplings

  • 1 Egg, large
  • 1/2 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Pinch Salt

Garnish

  • 1/4 cup Sour cream
  • 1 bunch Fresh Italian Parsley

Instructions

Prep-Ahead Steps

  1. PREP CHICKEN & BACON. Cut the chicken into 1 inch cubes. Slice the Bacon into thin strips.

  2. PREP VEGGIES. Peel and cut the onion into 1 inch chunks, then separate layers. Cut the red and green peppers into similar size pieces. Mince the garlic.

  3. PREP REST INGREDIENTS. Measure out the seasonings and spices. Open the diced tomatoes. Measure out the flour for the dumplings.

Cooking Steps

  1. BACON, ONIONS. Preheat a large Dutch oven over high heat and add the bacon. Cook to render the fat, about 5 minutes, and then add the onions. Cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.

  2. CHICKEN, PEPPERS. Add the chicken, garlic, bell peppers, caraway seeds, and the paprika powder . Stir to combine and cook for another 2 minutes.

  3. COOK GOULASH. Add the bouillon cubes, water, and diced tomatoes. Stir to combine. Bring the goulash to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

  4. MAKE DUMPLINGS. While the goulash is cooking, make the dumplings by adding the flour to a large bowl, then the egg, and a pinch of salt. Mix together until it forms a ball and then knead together with your hand for 1 minute. Split into 3 sections and then roll each section out into a thin cord. Then pinch off small pieces with your fingers or using a knife to create dumplings.

  5. ADD DUMPLINGS. During the final 5 minutes of the goulash cooking time, add the dumplings and stir to submerge and distribute them. Let them cook during the final minutes (they only require about 3 minutes).

  6. SERVE. Serve in bowls with a dollop of sour cream and garnish with fresh parsley. Enjoy!

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