Philacatessen | Lucky’s Chicken Paprikash


Lucky’s Chicken Paprikash

Lucky Kejha, a local chef/caterer and the founder of Shabbat in a Box, is known for creating delicious versions of traditional Jewish foods.

In addition to her latest venture, in which she delivers an oven-ready Shabbat dinner complete with roast chicken, string beans almondine, roasted potatoes, potato kugel, challah, candles and a prayer “cheat-sheet,” Lucky also cooks and caters for parties and special events.

She shared one of her favorite recipes, chicken paprikash, which is simple, delicious and can be upsized for a crowd as needed.

She prefers to use a cast-iron skillet with a tight-fitting lid, but any shallow ovenproof pan with a lid works — or simply cover with foil

To order Shabbat in a Box or other creations by Lucky, call 215-947-8019 or email

Or take a stab at making your own with this recipe, one of her go-to dishes:

Chicken Paprikash

Serves four to six


Two large onions sliced thin

3-4 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 whole cut up chicken

½ cup Spanish sweet paprika (enough to liberally coat chicken pieces)

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon finely ground pepper

1¼ teaspoon sugar or sugar substitute

1 cup water


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Place the onions and then the garlic into the pot.
  2. Liberally coat the chicken pieces with paprika on both sides, then cover with salt, sugar and pepper.
  3. Place the chicken pieces in the pan in one layer, and sprinkle with an additional pinch of salt and pepper. Pour the cup of water around the sides of the pot. Cover and cook for 1 hour and 35 minutes.
  4. Remove the chicken to a platter and cover it with the sauce. Serve with the rice.


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