Delicious Smoked Paprika Chicken Casserole - a hearty and comforting recipe with chicken, vegetables and amazing flavour. Grab a bowl and spoon, dig in and enjoy.
Smoked Paprika Chicken Stew
This Smoked Paprika Chicken Casserole is one of those dishes that goes with absolutely anything. It combines tender pieces of chicken, sweet carrots, peppers and zucchini all perfectly coated in an amazing smokey tomatoey sauce - yummy!
It's a perfect family-friendly meal, even my fussy vegetable avoiding kids will devour this one from a bowl and it is a great one for batch cooking to freeze too.
Instant Pot Smoked Paprika Chicken Casserole
As well as cooking this in a slow cooker or on the stove top, you can cook this in literally minutes in an Instant Pot (pressure cooker)
An Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) is a 7in1 cooker, that slow cooks, pressure cooks, sautes and has settings for soup, chilli, rice, porridge etc. It will literally cook these meatballs in minutes, so perfect for when you need a meal on the table quickly.
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Since buying my Instant Pot, I use it on a regular basis, it’s not one of those gadgets that sit in my cupboard forgotten. In fact, it never goes away.
Instant Pot is a brand of pressure cooker, but there are various other brands and options out there.
Can I use Chicken Breast in this casserole recipe?
Unless you really don't like thigh meat, I don't recommend using chicken breasts in this recipe. Breast meat cooks a lot quicker than thighs and has a tendency to go dry if overcooked.
The chicken thighs stay lovely and tender in this recipe and really absorb all those yummy flavours.
What Vegetables can I put in a casserole?
In this recipe, I use the usual onion and garlic, along with carrots, yellow pepper and zucchini (courgette). It was what I had on hand at the time when creating this recipe and just works really well.
Don't be afraid to vary this up with different vegetables. Maybe you don't like one of the vegetables I use or have something different on hand. So long as you don't go crazy with the ratio and keep it to around the same quantities it shouldn't affect the casserole.
Some other vegetables I think would go well in this are mushrooms, different coloured bell pepper, butternut squash, peas (I recommend adding those right at the end), even green beans. You could even stir through some chopped kale towards the end of cooking time as the heat of the casserole will be sufficient to cook it enough.
Sides for Smoked Paprika Casserole
If you are wondering what sides to serve this with, it literally goes with anything. The kids favourite is just some cooked long grain rice or these yummy crispy golden potatoes.
Some other great options are:
- Mashed Potatoes
- Cheddar and Spring Onion Mash
- Sour cream and spring onion Cauliflower Mash
- Crushed Roast Potatoes
- Garlic Parmesan Mash
- Sweet Potato Mash
- Roast Potatoes
- Garlic and Herb Potato Wedges
are you sensing a theme here? Yes, that is a lot of potato choice, but potatoes can be enjoyed in so many different ways.
and if you want extra vegetables on the side, this will pair perfectly with most veg. Don't fancy additional veg, then don't worry, this is pretty packed with healthy vegetables.
More Chicken Casserole Recipes
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- CHICKEN AND BAKED BEAN CASSEROLE
- MEDITERRANEAN CHICKEN CASSEROLE
- SLOW COOKER CRACK CHICKEN
- MOROCCAN CHICKEN CASSEROLE
- SLOW COOKER CHICKEN CASSEROLE
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This recipe was originally created on the 11 July 2010 and updated on 25 November 2019
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