Smoked paprika chicken thighs with rice make a great meal.

Smoked Paprika Chicken Thighs- The Southern Lady Cooks

My family loves smoked paprika and I put it in so many recipes.  We love it in deviled eggs and just sprinkled on veggies.  Recently, I was looking for recipes with paprika and came across paprika chicken on the internet.  There are hundreds of recipes for it and most originated in Hungary.  I decided to make it using smoked paprika for my family and they couldn’t have been happier.  I used chicken thighs but you can use just about any part of the chicken that you like or even a whole chicken cut up.  You might also like our recipe for garlic chicken with roasted vegetables.

Smoked paprika chicken thighs ingredients needed:

Chicken thighs (I used bone-in with skin on)

Olive oil



Black pepper

Smoked paprika

Garlic powder


Green onions

Sweet green peppers or could use red peppers

Baby spinach

Chicken broth

Heavy cream

White rice

This is a wonderful base recipe for any kind of chicken. You can easily use breast but may have to cook it a little longer. The rice with this dish is so creamy and delicious. I find that this dish reheats well too, so leftovers are great the next day. We actually love smoked paprika and use it in a lot of dishes. The flavor is wonderful. Some people say they have a hard time finding it but we have had luck finding it at Walmart. These smoked paprika potatoes are super easy to make and a great side to just about any dish!

Smoked Paprika Chicken Thighs - The Southern Lady Cooks

Smoked Paprika Chicken Thighs - The Southern Lady Cooks

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Smoked Paprika Chicken Thighs

The Southern Lady Cooks
This easy chicken thighs are wonderful on a busy night. The smoked flavor is delicious and one your family will love! 
4.50 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, southern
Servings 6 servings


  • 6 to 8 chicken thighs I used bone-in with skin on
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • pinch cayenne
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet green peppers or could use red peppers
  • 2 cups chopped baby spinach
  • 1 14.5 ounce can chicken broth
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups instant white rice


  • Heat butter and olive oil in skillet on top of the stove. In a bowl combine salt, black pepper, smoked paprika, garlic powder and cayenne. Roll each chicken thigh in the spice mixture and brown in the butter and oil on both sides until skin is cooked and blackened.
  • Remove thighs from skillet and set aside. Add green onion and peppers to skillet and cook. Throw in baby spinach and pour in chicken broth and heavy cream. Bring to a low boil and turn to simmer.
  • Add the rice and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Add thighs back to the skillet, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit five to 10 minutes before serving so rice will soak up liquid. Garnish with chopped green onions. Makes 6 to 8 servings.
Keyword paprika chicken, skillet chicken, smoked chicken
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