Creamy chicken stroganoff is an easy weeknight family favorite that comes together easily all in one skillet ~ chicken, mushrooms and onion in a paprika-laden sour cream gravy.
Chicken, onions and mushrooms, sour cream gravy… sour cream … did I mention sour cream? This dish has all the elements for success in my family, especially for my husband — if there is any kind of a creamy gravy involved, he is the first one at the table.
The chicken is tender, the mushrooms and onions notably present, the paprika, and the rich sour cream gravy. It is a winning combination.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Boneless, skinless chicken thighs cut into pieces. I find thighs to be more tender and flavorful than chicken breasts which can easily dry out in this dish.
- Onions and mushrooms. I prefer cremini mushrooms but white button mushrooms work, too!
- A little flour for thickening.
- Paprika and Worcestershire for some seasoning.
- Butter, chicken stock and sour cream. This is the kind of dish that really shines with homemade chicken stock if you have it. I almost always have some in the freezer. Save those chicken backs and carcasses in the freezer for stock, you can also make an easy batch chicken stock in the Instant Pot.
- Egg noodles, mashed potatoes or rice for serving.
How to make chicken stroganoff
Step 1: Sauté onions and mushrooms in butter, then add the chicken.
Step 2: Sprinkle with flour and paprika, season with a little salt and pepper, and brown chicken.
Step 3: Stir in the chicken stock and Worcestershire, bring to a simmer. Be sure to scrape up all the browned bits from the bottom of the pan, lots of flavor there!
Step 4: Stir in the sour cream, taste for seasonings. Mix in egg noodles or serve the chicken stroganoff mixture over noodles, rice, potatoes or even spaetzle.
I also like this dish because it is fairly simple and comes together in one pan on the stovetop. We like it over buttered egg noodles, or spaetzle. I’ve said it before, homemade chicken broth is best if you have it, and season with salt as you cook. It also helps to have everything ready to go when you start preparing this dish, known as mise en place. And don’t forget the glass of white wine for the cook! Enjoy ~ Kelly🍴🐦
You might also like Chicken Paprikash, another one skillet, easy comfort food dinner.
RECIPE UPDATED: Originally published in July, 2015, and updated with new photos, copy and nutrition analysis for better user experience in May, 2022. No changes to original recipe.
Creamy Chicken Stroganoff with Mushrooms
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced
- 1½ pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs, trimmed and cut into chunks
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1½ cups low sodium chicken broth, preferably homemade
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- ½ cup sour cream, room temperature
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
- Cooked egg noodles or spaetzle, for serving
- Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over med-high heat. Add onion, a sprinkle of salt, and cook 3-4 minutes until soft. Add the mushrooms, another sprinkle of salt, and stir and cook until beginning to release their liquid and starting to brown, about 4 minutes.
- Add remaining tablespoon of butter, then add the chicken, flour and paprika. Season with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cook, stirring, until the chicken browns, about 5 minutes or so.
- Add the chicken broth and Worcestershire sauce and bring to a simmer. Stir, scraping up all the brown bits. Lots of flavor here and I often use a metal spatula to get up all the bits. Cook until thickened, about 5 more minutes.
- Stir in the sour cream and season with salt and pepper. Continue simmering until chicken is cooked through, about 2-3 more minutes.
- In serving bowl, top cooked egg noodles with the chicken mixture and chopped parsley. Sprinkle with additional paprika if desired.
- You can use brown cremini or white button mushrooms.
- Be sure to scrape up all the fond when making the gravy, so much flavor!
- Serve with buttered egg noodles, rice, potatoes or spaetzle.
- Calories does not include noodles and calculation is an estimate.
* Adapted from the Food Network