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Zippy Paprika Chicken Recipe
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Zippy Paprika Chicken Recipe

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“This has a completely unique flavor that has a hint of the classic Hungarian paprika chicken dish but with a modern twist,” says Jennifer Shaw of Dorchester, Massachusetts.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons Southwest marinade mix
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 5 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

Nutritional Facts

1 chicken breast half with 2 tablespoons sauce equals 263 calories, 15 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 83 mg cholesterol, 769 mg sodium, 4 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 25 g protein.


  1. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the paprika, marinade mix, salt and pepper; add chicken. Seal bag and shake to coat; refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  2. In a large skillet, cook chicken in oil over medium heat for 5-6 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 170°. Remove and keep warm.
  3. Add the water, soy sauce and lemon juice to skillet; cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring to loosen browned bits. Remove from the heat; stir in sour cream until blended. Serve with chicken. Yield: 4 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with McCormick Grill Mates Southwest Marinade seasoning packet.
Originally published as Zippy Paprika Chicken in Simple & Delicious March/April 2008, p21

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Mar. 6, 2011

"We love this recipe! The smashed potatoes and roasted asparagus she serves with it are also very good."

Reviewed Feb. 3, 2011 Edited Oct. 20, 2014

"This is so good. What I do, though, is use tequilla instead of water, some kosher salt instead of soy sauce, and lime juice instead of lemon juice. The recipe as written is excellent, too."

Reviewed Jan. 30, 2011

"Very good recipe."

Reviewed Mar. 5, 2009

"My family loves this recipe. It's a nice change from other crumb-coated chicken recipes that I prepare. Be sure to make the sour cream sauce to go with it. The combination of flavors is amazing!"

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