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What To Serve With Chicken Paprikash – 33 BEST Side Dishes

If you’re wondering what to serve with your chicken paprikash, you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, I list 33 of the most popular side dishes for chicken paprikash.

In a rush? Here’s the short answer.

The best side dishes to serve with chicken paprikash are Hungarian dumplings, parmesan polenta, cheese and herb Irish soda bread, and cucumber salad. For easy options, try herby rice or a baked potato. For low-carb options, try spaghetti squash or radicchio endive salad.

Ready? Let’s jump right in.

Hungarian dumplings (nokedli)

The traditional way of serving chicken paprikash is with Hungarian dumplings, also known as nokedli. 

They’re reminiscent of German spaetzle, except nokedli are larger and don’t require a special tool to make – all you need is a trusty spoon! 

They also have a craggy surface ideal for catching that delicious paprikash sauce.

Why we love this recipe: it’s highly detailed, making it great for those who will be making nokedli for the first time.

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Lemon garlic broccoli

If you need a simple, healthy dish to pair with your chicken paprikash, you can’t go wrong with lemon garlic broccoli. 

The florets will add a pop of green to your plate.

And by blanching or microwaving the broccoli, you make sure they retain all of their wonderful nutrients.

Why we love this recipe: it can be ready in less than 10 minutes.

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Hungarian cucumber salad

This Hungarian cucumber salad is one of the most traditional sides to serve with chicken paprikash. 

It features crisp English cucumbers dressed in a tangy sour cream mixture, giving you a refreshing bite that’s excellent with a dish as rich as chicken paprikash. 

Psst… want to make it spicy? Add chopped hot banana peppers. 

Why we love this recipe: it’s made with easily accessible ingredients.

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Parmesan polenta

This classic Italian side is a great starchy base for saucy meat dishes. 

Polenta has a thick, porridge-like texture (similar to mashed potatoes) so will soak up your paprikash’s sweet, slightly tangy sauce.

… or you can go the extra mile and let the polenta set solid, then turn it into fries.

Why we love this recipe: one-pot dish = less mess to clean-up.

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Balsamic spinach and mushrooms

Need something warm and quick?

These balsamic glazed spinach and mushrooms have your back! 

The sauteed mushrooms already infuse your spinach with a delicious umami kick, but a drizzle of balsamic vinegar at the end makes this dish even tastier. 

Why we love this recipe: it’s ideal even for busy weeknights.

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Radicchio endive salad

Try this dish if you want a less traditional salad to serve with your chicken paprikash. 

The radicchio and endive’s natural bitterness combined with the tart dijon dressing is exactly what you need to cut through the rich chicken paprikash. 

Plus, the crunchy veggies provide a satisfying textural contrast to the chicken. 

Why we love this recipe: each serving only adds 61 calories to your meals.

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Herb lemon rice

Pasta is never served without a sauce, so why stick with plain old white rice? 

Jazz it up by adding a dash of your favorite herbs – this recipe uses dried basil and oregano – but you can pick your favorites.

All that’s needed to complete the dish is a spritz of refreshing lemon.

Why we love this recipe: it’s super easy to make so good for weeknight dinners.

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Cheese and herb Irish soda bread

Spruce up your plain old Irish soda bread with some grated cheddar and fresh herbs. 

Serving the chicken paprikash with bread ensures you can mop up every last drop of the sauce, so nothing goes to waste.

Why we love this recipe: you don’t need to wait for the dough to rise, you can bake it immediately.

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Baked potato

Don’t have the energy to whip up polenta or Hungarian dumplings? 

Serve your chicken paprikash over a baked potato instead!

It’s a super convenient side. You only need simple pantry ingredients like butter, salt, and ground pepper to make it.

And you can even cook it in the microwave if you’re short on time.

Why we love this recipe: it’s great to serve with leftovers.

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Baked spaghetti squash and cheese

Trying to cut down on carbs? Curb your pasta cravings with spaghetti squash instead.

You can shred the roasted squash to form noodle-like strands that have a texture similar to angel hair pasta.

I like mixing in these faux noodles with the chicken paprikash so each strand gets covered with the yummy sauce. 

Why we love this recipe: it’s comfort food with less guilt.

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Garlic butter roasted brussels sprouts

Roasting is the best way to cook brussels sprouts – this method gives you deliciously crisp exteriors and perfectly tender interiors.

No mushy sprouts here! 

You can season these roasted sprouts with anything (balsamic vinegar is a great choice), but all they really need are garlic and melted butter.

Why we love this recipe: it’s budget friendly.

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The best side dishes to serve with chicken paprikash

  • Hungarian dumplings (nokedli)
  • Lemon garlic broccoli
  • Hungarian cucumber salad
  • Parmesan polenta
  • Balsamic spinach and mushrooms
  • Radicchio endive salad
  • Herb lemon rice
  • Cheese and herb Irish soda bread
  • Baked potato
  • Baked spaghetti squash and cheese
  • Garlic butter roasted brussels sprouts

What To Serve With Chicken Paprikash

In this short recipe, I show you exactly what to serve with your chicken paprikash.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Hungarian
Keyword: chicken paprikash side dishes, what to serve with chicken paprikash
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 121kcal


  • 1 portion chicken paprikash


  • Prepare your chicken paprikash according to your favorite recipe.
  • In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
  • Side dishes include: Hungarian dumplings (nokedli), lemon garlic broccoli, Hungarian cucumber salad, parmesan polenta, balsamic spinach and mushrooms, radicchio endive salad, herb lemon rice, cheese and herb Irish soda bread, baked potato, baked spaghetti squash and cheese, garlic butter roasted brussels sprouts.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


Serving: 100g | Calories: 121kcal

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