Instant Pot Braised Paprika Chicken

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Make savory and creamy Instant Pot Paprika Chicken using frozen chicken thighs, tomatoes, oregano, and cream cheese over buttery egg noodles for an easy chicken dinner. 

Close up picture of Instant Pot paprika chicken served over egg noodles with fresh parsley on top.

❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe: This is a kid-approved recipe that starts with frozen chicken! This fast Instant Pot chicken recipe has a sweet and savory tomato-paprika sauce and tender shredded chicken that tastes like it’s been braising all day but only cooks for 9 minutes at high pressure.

We love chicken dinner recipes that start with frozen chicken! They’re perfect for those days when you forget to take the meat out of the freezer or didn’t plan ahead. In about half an hour, you’ll have juicy shredded chicken in a herby tomato sauce.

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How to Make Instant Pot Paprika Chicken Thighs

This Instant Pot Paprika Chicken recipe will work in any brand of electric pressure cooker, including the Instant PotNinja Foodi, or Power Pressure Cooker XL

The flavor in this braised chicken dish comes from savory sautéed vegetables, dried oregano, sweet paprika, and a creamy tomato-based sauce. 

The great part is that there’s just a few minutes of sauteing before you seal up the pot and pressure cook. That way, this recipe takes about 30 minutes. 

When the chicken is fully cooked after pressure cooking, shred it so it soaks up all of the rich sauce. This sauce gets its rich texture and flavor from cream cheese and a quick cornstarch slurry. 

Can I Use Bone-In Chicken?

This recipe uses boneless, skinless frozen chicken thighs. But you can use bone-in thighs if that’s what you have. Simply cook at high pressure for 20 minutes and use a quick pressure release. 

Close up of paprika chicken made in an Instant Pot and served over egg noodles with fresh parsley on top.

Serving Suggestions

We love to serve the creamy shredded paprika chicken over egg noodles. However, you can use any of your favorite starchy bases or side dishes. Try our fluffy mashed potatoes, or Instant Pot white rice

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Instant Pot Braised Paprika Chicken (From Frozen)

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Additional Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This recipe for Instant Pot paprika chicken uses frozen chicken thighs in a creamy tomato sauce over egg noodles for a kid-friendly dinner. 


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 1 can (15 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 4 boneless skinless frozen chicken thighs
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup cream cheese
  • Cooked egg noodles, for serving
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced fresh parsley leaves, for serving


  1. Select Sauté to heat the pressure cooking pot. Add the butter. When melted, add the onion and sauté for about 3 minutes until tender. Stir in the chicken broth, paprika, oregano, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.
  2. Add the chicken, trying not to overlap the pieces too much. Layer the tomatoes on top. Lock the lid in place. Select High Pressure and 9 minutes cook time.
  3. When the cook time ends, use a quick release. When the valve drops, carefully remove the lid. Check the chicken. It should register 165°F on an instant-read thermometer. (If not, return to high pressure for another 1-2 minutes, with another quick release.)
  4. Remove the chicken to a plate and shred with two forks. 
  5. In a small bowl, whisk the cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of cold water until smooth. Add the slurry to the pot. Select Sauté and bring the sauce to a boil, stirring constantly until it thickens. Turn off the pressure cooker and stir in the cream cheese and chicken. 
  6. Serve over hot egg noodles and sprinkle with parsley.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 273Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 80mgSodium: 843mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 4gSugar: 5gProtein: 13g

Nutrition information is calculated by Nutritionix and may not always be accurate.


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originally published August 28, 2021 — last updated September 30, 2021
Categories: Chicken