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Creamy Smoked Paprika Chicken | Not only it's creamy, that smokiness from the paprika makes the sauce totally irresistible! Great weeknight meal! #chicken #smokedpaprika #whitewine #bacon #weeknight #dinner #dinnerrecipe #easyrecipe | The Missing Lokness

Creamy Smoked Paprika Chicken

Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken, creamy chicken dish, creamy smoked paprika sauce, dinner, easy recipe, smoked paprika chicken, weeknight dinner
Author Lokness


  • 3 slices bacon (cut into ½-inch slices)
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs (cut into 1-inch cubes)
  • 3 garlic cloves (minced)
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • teaspoons smoked paprika
  • Dash of cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken stock
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Italian parsley (finely chopped)(optional)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Lemon wedges


  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add bacon and saute for 1 minute. Add chicken and cook until almost no pink on the outside, stirring often. Add garlic and cook for another minute. Pour in white wine and cook until mostly evaporated, about 4 minutes.
  • Stir in flour, smoked paprika and cayenne pepper and cook for 1 minute. Add chicken stock and heavy cream. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer until the sauce is reduced and thickened, about 20 minutes. Stir in sugar and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper if needed.
  • Transfer the chicken to serving plates with hot steamed rice and lemon wedges. Sprinkle with chopped parsley if using. Serve immediately.


  1. For dry white wine, I used Pinot Grigio. Sauvignon Blanc works too.
  2. There’re a few different kinds of paprika. Regular paprika, hot paprika and smoked paprika. Smoked paprika is very unique and has a smoky note. They are mostly not spicy at all. I used a non-spicy one. This is the one I got.
  3. Lemon juice helps to brighten up the flavors. It is very important. Do not skip. Bryan likes to give a good squeeze of the lemon juice over his chicken right before eating, and sometimes during too.