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Easy Paprika Chicken

|Easy Paprika Chicken

This recipe is based on a traditional Czech meal that I used to love as a kid. It will feed a crowd and is easy to prepare with just a few common ingredients. The traditional Kuře na Paprice is served with dumplings that are made with eggs, flour, bread rolls, yeast, milk and salt. As you may have guessed, to make this meal low-carb, I serve it with cauliflower rice. Hope you all like it!

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Nutritional values (per serving):

4.4 grams 1.7 grams 23.7 grams 60.7 grams 23 grams 669 calories
Total Carbs6.1grams
Fiber1.7grams
Net Carbs4.4grams
Protein23.7grams
Fat60.7grams
of which Saturated23grams
Energy (calories)669kcal
Magnesium38mg (9% RDA)
Potassium480mg (24% EMR)

Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (2.7%), protein (14.4%), fat (82.9%)

Ingredients (makes 4 servings):

  • 8-12 chicken drumsticks with bone and skin (about 1 kg / 2.2 lb), will yield about 60% meat or thighs if you prefer boneless (600 g / 1.3 lb)
  • 1 medium white onion (110 g / 3.9 oz)
  • 1 medium red pepper (120 g / 4.2 oz)
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp ghee, you can make your own (30 g / 1.1 oz)
  • 1 cup chicken stock or water (240 ml / 8 fl oz)
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream or coconut milk - I like Aroy-D coconut milk (60 ml / 2 fl oz)
  • ¼ cup soured cream or more coconut milk (58 g / 2 oz)
  • ½ tsp salt or to taste (I used pink Himalayan)
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • Optional: serve with 4-6 cups cauli-rice (1 - 1 ½ cup (120 - 180 g / 4.2 - 6.3 oz) per serving, will add 3.6 - 5.3 g net carbs per serving)

Notes: When looking for ingredients, try to get them in their most natural form (organic, without unnecessary additives).

Instructions:

  1. Pat dry the chicken using a paper towel. Season with salt and pepper. Grease a large soup pot or a Dutch oven with a small amount of ghee. Once hot, add the chicken and cook over a medium-high heat until browned from all sides. |Easy Paprika Chicken
  2. Pour in the chicken stock or water and bring to a boil. Cover with a lid, lower the heat and cook for 25-30 minutes. Once cooked, use tongs to remove the chicken and keep aside in a bowl. Shred the meat off the bone if you like. |Easy Paprika Chicken
  3. Meanwhile, peel and finely dice the onion. Halve, deseed and slice the red pepper. |Easy Paprika Chicken
  4. Place the onion to a pan greased with the remaining ghee and cook until lightly browned and fragrant. Add the red pepper slices and cook for another 5 minutes. |Easy Paprika Chicken
  5. Place the onion and pepper into the pot with the chicken stock and add paprika. Take off the heat. |Easy Paprika Chicken
  6. Using a hand blender, pulse until smooth. Place back on the stove, pour in the heavy whipping cream... |Easy Paprika Chicken
  7. ...and sour cream. Place the chicken (with or without bones) back in the pot with the sauce and cook for just about 5 minutes. |Easy Paprika Chicken
  8. If serving with cauli-rice, follow the steps here to make it. |Easy Paprika Chicken
  9. Once you "rice" the cauliflower, place in a pot and add half of the sauce from the chicken. Cook for 6-8 minutes and enjoy! Alternatively, try with Keto Buns. |Easy Paprika Chicken

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Comments (26)

I also add a bay leaf and a pinch of allspice, gives it an added authentic Czech flavour.

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I agree!! Smile

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Step 5, I assume you mean to add the onion and red pepper to the chicken STOCK, not the chicken. I'm making it now, and it smells delicious!

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Thank you for spotting that Patricia! Smile

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Loved this one, as did my non-keto husband. The sauce is rich and complex. Definitely do again 😊

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Thank you Dee!

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I just made this and it was awesome! I want to just drink the sauce!

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Thank you Maryann!

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This was really good! We didn't purée the sauce, but cut the onions and peppers quite tiny, and it still worked out well. The cauliflower rice we microwaved with softened sautéed onions and butter 4:30 min stirring every 1:30 min. Glad there are leftovers!

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I'm glad you liked it Joan! Smile

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Made the recipe exactly as stated and it turned out delicious.  The recipe was well written and easy to follow.  I served it with a rice pilaf.   I will definitely make it again with no changes.  

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Thank you Ruby, glad you liked it!

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Pretty sure I'd never had any Czech recipe (or Czech-inspired) but this was absolutely delicious! I'll definitely be making this again! Thanks!

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Thank you so much!! Smile)

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Dekuji! The only Czech restaurant in Tokyo, where I live, has closed down, so now it is really just down to me to make Czech food at home. And as I am going keto, this is a very welcome recipe.

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I know of a few Czech restaurants here in London and around but it does get tricky when searching for keto-friendly options Smile

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Really? I only knew the Czech pub that served food in West Hampstead. Which others are there? I will be in London in August and would be quite keen to see another Czech restaurant.Thank you, Lukas

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You know you might be right because I haven't been there for years. I think I might be confusing it with another one that is in Dublin! I thought there were two in London though... I guess I'll have to have a look. We often go to Greek restaurants with my fiancé because he is Greek. It's a lot easier to find keto-friendly foods there Smile

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Brilliant. Reminds me of my childhood in Prague. Skvely!

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Me too! That's what my mom used to make a lot. Dobrou chut! Smile

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Hi Martina, thank you so much for this. I used to hate it at our school cantine...but since I can cook it low carb and knowing what's inside, i am definitely making it this weekend for my czech/english/ozzie kids. And husband of course.

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Thank you Pavla, I totally agree, I have some bad memories too! Hope you like it Smile

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Awesome!! On my to do list for when I'm back from Czech Rep! Going to see ma family this Thursday for a week - soo cannot wait!!!
Hope you're keeping well and thanks for this recipe! Smile

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I think it may have been you who gave me this idea Smile I remember someone mentioned this meal in a comment in another recipe and I think it may have been you. Hope you like it! Smile

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Does it come out the same consistency if I use coconut milk to replace the dairy options?

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Hi Linda, I tried it with Aroy-D coconut milk which is not as creamy as most tinned coconut milk products but tastes better. It was great - I couldn't tell it was made with coconut milk Smile

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