Healthier Paprika Chicken


For the past few weeks, I have had Eastern European food on the brain. We stopped into a Slavic café in Galway (which was not serving food at the time), and I have been dreaming of visiting Café Polonia again. This week I decided to make paprika chicken, and while I wanted the creamy comfort of the traditional recipe, my marathon training made me lean towards lightening up and adding nutrition.

To get started, I consulted about a dozen recipes online before deciding on how to make my chicken. While doing so, I also started making slow-cooker sweet and sour purple cabbage as a side. My Lithuanian nana would have been proud! I can share that tangy vegan recipe in another post. Sooo good!

I started off by cooking four chicken breasts in a bit of olive oil until brown on both sides, dusting them with paprika as I went along.

paprika chicken

Once the chicken was browning, I chopped up some carrots, about three cups’ worth, and one large yellow onion and tossed them on top of the chicken. In went two cups of organic chicken stock, and then I left this on the lowest flame possible while I went back to work.

paprika chicken

Every time I went to check on the chicken, I added a few more teaspoons of paprika, ensuring that my chicken was flavorful and colorful.


paprika chicken

When it was time to serve, I cooked  up a bag of egg noodles (some for dinner and some for leftover lunches), topped the noodles with heaping portions of chicken and the resulting sauce, then stirred in something different than the typical sour cream required for this dish. . . Fage Greek yogurt.

Fage Greek yogurt

To each dish, I added about two tablespoons of yogurt and stirred thoroughly, finishing the dish off with a dash of smoky paprika.

paprika chicken

This dinner was every bit the comfort food I was craving after a long workout and day of work. As an added bonus, it warmed me up in our freezing house! I don’t think the yogurt made much a difference from paprika chicken made with sour cream, and I was excited to have an extra bit of protein and calcium in my dinner. Leftovers were plentiful  and will serve us both for lunch for a few days.

Have you healthifed any traditionally heavy recipes lately?

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  1. Julie Q’s avatar

    I just started my health kick this week (smart to do it before christmas, right?) I’m going to make this tonite :)


    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      I also thought this time of year was good for a detox. . . as I eat cheese and crackers from a party last night for breakfast!


    2. Daisy’s avatar

      looks delicious and….I MISS YOU TOO!!


    3. Ché @ Knight at the Restaurant’s avatar

      OMG this looks AMAZING. My comfort food vice is fried food, but luckily baking things helps keep them a little healthier without sacrificing the crunch.


    4. Michelle’s avatar

      I love easy but healthy recipes like this!


    5. Emily @ A Cambridge Story’s avatar

      I love the addition of Greek yogurt to balance the paprika and offer some creaminess. It’s such a fake out ingredient!


    6. Megan’s avatar

      That sounds like a wonderful version. Greek yogurt is such an awesome addition.

      And did I know you’re Lithuanian?! Me too!


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