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Easy Low-Carb Paprika Chicken

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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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Allergy information for Easy Low-Carb Paprika Chicken

✔  Gluten free
✔  Dairy free
✔  Egg free
✔  Nut free
✔  Pork free
✔  Avocado free
✔  Coconut free
✔  Fish free
✔  Shellfish free
✔  Beef free


  • Recipe can be made dairy-free or coconut-free.

Nutritional values (per serving)

Net carbs4.7 grams
Protein23.8 grams
Fat60.6 grams
Calories671 kcal
Calories from carbs 3%, protein 14%, fat 83%
Total carbs6.4 gramsFiber1.7 gramsSugars3.5 gramsSaturated fat22.8 gramsSodium403 mg(18% RDA)Magnesium38 mg(10% RDA)Potassium478 mg(24% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 4 servings)

  • 8-12 chicken drumsticks with bone and skin (about 1 kg/ 2.2 lb) - will yield about 60% meat, or use boneless thighs (600 g/ 1.3 lb)
  • 1 medium white or yellow onion (110 g/ 3.9 oz)
  • 1 medium red bell pepper (120 g/ 4.2 oz)
  • 1 tbsp sweet paprika powder
  • 2 tbsp ghee or duck fat (30 g/ 1.1 oz)
  • 1 cup chicken stock or water (240 ml/ 8 fl oz)
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream or coconut milk (60 ml / 2 fl oz)
  • 1/4 cup soured cream (58 g/ 2 oz) or more coconut milk plus 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • Optional Serve with cauli-rice, 1 - 1 1/2 cup (120 - 180 g/ 4.2 - 6.3 oz) per serving


  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 Low-Carb 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 of keep it on the bone. Easy Low-Carb Paprika Chicken
  3. Meanwhile, peel and finely dice the onion. Halve, deseed and slice the red pepper. Easy Low-Carb 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 Low-Carb Paprika Chicken
  5. Place the onion and pepper into the pot with the chicken stock and add paprika. Take off the heat. Easy Low-Carb Paprika Chicken
  6. Using a hand blender, pulse until smooth. Place back on the stove and pour in the heavy whipping cream. Easy Low-Carb Paprika Chicken
  7. Add sour cream. Place the chicken (with or without bones) back in the pot with the sauce and cook for just about 5 minutes. Easy Low-Carb Paprika Chicken
  8. If serving with cauli-rice, follow the steps here to make it. Easy Low-Carb 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 serve. Instead of cauli-rice you can serve this keto dinner with our Keto Buns.
  10. To store, refrigerate for up to 4 days. This meal is not suitable for freezing as the creamy sauce may split. Easy Low-Carb Paprika Chicken

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Chicken thighs (with skin, boneless, raw, no fat trimmed off)
0 g21.1 g43.1 g479 kcal
Onion, white, fresh
2.1 g0.3 g0 g11 kcal
Peppers, red bell, fresh
1.2 g0.3 g0.1 g9 kcal
Paprika, spices
0.3 g0.2 g0.2 g5 kcal
0 g0 g7.5 g68 kcal
Chicken stock (broth), chicken only, homemade
0 g1.2 g1.2 g16 kcal
Cream, heavy whipping, pouring, full-fat (30-40% fat)
0.4 g0.3 g5.7 g55 kcal
Cream, sour
0.7 g0.4 g2.8 g28 kcal
Salt, pink Himalayan rock salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Pepper, black, spices
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Total per serving
4.7 g23.8 g60.6 g671 kcal

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I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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Comments (35)

I did some modifications but it then out delicious 😋
I replaced the chickens stick for best and the onion for red onion . Also, the lemon I used was the store bought. I cooked with sour cream and coconuts milk. One new fave. Plus, I made some Spanish cauliflower rice also with modifications. Great meal

I'm glad you enjoyed, thank you so much for sharing these tips!

Delicious!  I used thighs, Smoked Paprika and coconut milk from the can (not carton).  I will make it again.  
Thanks for another good recipe!  

Thanks April!

This looks amazing! We have a lot of Czechs here in Texas, and recently made a trip to Bohemia, visiting Prague, Pest and Vienna.. I picked up a LOT of Paprika and truffle oil and have no idea what to do with it! This recipe looks like it will easily become a family favorite, as I often make a sauce that is half marinara, half alfredo to put over many bases. Thank you for this!!

It's a small world! 😊 I hope you like it. We do use lots of paprika, allspice, bay leaves and caraway!

This is soooo appealing to my taste buds!
I do not miss white sauce anything anymore...
Finger licking!

This was amazing.  I used coconut milk and put lemon juice in to make the sour cream taste.  So delicious and easy.  Can you make this printer friendly?

That's great thinking! There is a print option right at the top of the post. I hope this helps!

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

I agree!! 😊

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!

Thank you for spotting that Patricia! 😊

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

Thank you Dee!

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

Thank you Maryann!

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!

I'm glad you liked it Joan! 😊

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.  

Thank you Ruby, glad you liked it!

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!

Thank you so much!! 😊)

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.

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

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

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 😊

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

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

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.

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

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! 😊

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

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

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 😊