Paprika Chicken Stroganoff


My parents haven’t seen me play hockey in a long time, so when they were here visiting, I was glad that they got to see me play…twice. I even scored…twice! After they left, my next game was on Wednesday…and I nearly break my arm. Kind of…almost…literally.

I was going full speed for the puck, as was  someone on the other team. I turned for a pass…and BAM. I dropped to the ice, with the very tip of my elbow crashing down first. Pain, serious pain. They stopped play right away, the refs blew their whistles, and I got up and to the bench, shedding a tear.

Of course it was the first period, and I played the rest of the game. So wise…so wise.


When I was telling my mom about the accident yesterday, her first thought was, “It’s going to be hard for you to cook!”

Ma, I will persevere! No hockey injury will keep me out of the kitchen!

When my parents were here, I made this Paparika Chicken Stroganoff one night. Growing up, I only remember eating only a few different meals prepared by my Grannie: Chop Suey or Beef Stroganoff, namely. I always enjoyed both and she could definitely make killer versions of both.

I’ve had this chicken stroganoff recipe on my “must make” list forever and with my parent’s visit this week, I figured it was the perfect opportunity to make this meal for my dad who loves beef stroganoff.


Not only is this a lightened up version of the sour cream-packed version my Grannie made, but it is made with chicken and the special ingredient, paprika. Not only does the paprika add a stunning burnt orange color, but the flavor is subtly sweet and smoky. And the color…I did mention the color, right?

This meal was ready in less than 30 minutes and it got a thumbs up all around, even from the beef stroganoff lover himself. ;)


 In case you missed the big announcement on Facebook, my book is up on Amazon for pre-sale! Eeeek!! Thanks for all of your support! It was hard to sleep last night with all of the excitement!


Be well,


  1. I can’t wait to see the cover of it!

  2. What a gorgeous dish! It’s like autumn in a bowl. Congrats on the book!! What a perfect gift that would make!

  3. Stroganoff was seriously my favorite of the hamburger helpers. However, this looks like it may be a step or two or 100 up from that…

  4. This looks wonderful…and it just might be what I make for dinner tonite! Congrats on the book…and I too, can’t wait to see the cover!!

  5. I love egg noodles too! I’m going to preorder your book :-)

  6. Congrats on the book! I still can’t get over how exciting it is!
    This dish looks just amazing! :)
    Have a great weekend, Nicole!

  7. I’m so excited for you Nicole!!
    And, I’m glad you didn’t get too injured in your hockey game. IMAGINE if your mom was right and you couldn’t cook!! Poor Mark would be stuck with wings and pizza every night.
    Thanks for the lightened-up stroganoff recipe. Reminds me of my childhood (not the light version though!).

  8. So exciting about the book!!! And the hockey game– yikes!!! No way I could play that sport– I’m way too much of a wuss. :-)

  9. Congrats, Nicole!!! :D :D

    Ouch for your poor elbow! I’m glad nothing seemed to be broken, but it must have hurt like heck! At least you had this delicious stroganoff waiting for you :)

    And what about the Illini today? *tear* :(

  10. I hope your elbow’s feeling better – that’s a rough joint to injure.

  11. This recipe looks awesome! I am planning on making this week, and I noticed in the directions you mention a cornstarch slurry, but there is no cornstarch listed in the ingredients. Is the 1 tbs flour whisked with 1 tbs water supposed to be cornstarch?

  12. When do you add in the garlic? With the onions and mushrooms?

    • Nicole, RD says:

      Sorry, Sarah…just after the onions and mushrooms. Add the garlic and cook about 30 seconds before adding the next ingredients. :)

  13. Shilpa Hinduja says:

    Thanks for the recipe…Just made this for dinner…my husband loved it :)


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