Paprika Chicken

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 to 4

A dry rub that includes smoked paprika, roasted garlic powder, cayenne and brown sugar gives this stovetop chicken an appealing barbecue-like flavor. For a delicious accompaniment, try our Garlic-Thyme Smashed Potatoes.


  • 1 Tbs. smoked sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp. roasted garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. light brown sugar
  • 3 chicken drumsticks, about 1 lb. (500 g) total
  • 3 chicken thighs, about 1 1/4 lb. (625 g) total
  • 1 Tbs. vegetable oil


In a small bowl, stir together the paprika, garlic powder, salt, cayenne and brown sugar. Rub the spice mixture evenly over the chicken pieces.

In a nonstick fry pan over medium-high heat, warm the oil. Add the chicken, reduce the heat to medium, cover and cook, turning the pieces occasionally, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of a thigh, away from the bone, registers 170°F (77°C), 15 to 17 minutes.

Uncover the pan, increase the heat to medium-high and cook until the skin begins to crisp, 2 to 3 minutes. Serve immediately. Serves 2 to 4.

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