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Skillet chicken

    Skillet chicken is a skill that anyone should have, no matter the experience you have in the kitchen.

    There is nothing more comforting than a warm meal in the evening, with delicious chicken and sauce. One day before I prepared some pasta sauce using chopped paprika, tomato sauce, and cooking cream. It is a simple recipe, but my husband loved the intense color and the taste. And while discussing the menu, I told him I would like to make a skillet chicken meal, and he immediately proposed I would use this exact sauce.

    And what a great idea he had! I love garlic sauces but when you need something lighter, try this recipe.

    We found at the supermarket this nice jar of Sicilian tomato sauce, with Sicilian chilly and we said what could go wrong, let’s use it! Well, if you want my advice here it is: always taste the tomato sauce before cooking with it, and maybe stick to the brand we love. The finished dish was somewhat sour and we had to add bay leaves and a teaspoon of sugar to balance the acidity.

    So, if your tomato sauce is sour, add a teaspoon of sugar. If not, use it as it is, no sugar added.

    Skillet Chicken

    How to cook chicken in a skillet

    The first step is to fry the chicken and then remove it from the pan/skillet. For this recipe, you can also use chicken breast so you will get skillet chicken breast.

    Then, add the chopped paprika and roast it for a few minutes. This step makes the flavors more intense, but you can skip it and jump to the next step.


    Add the tomato sauce and cooking cream to the pan with the paprika, add spices and the chicken, and let it cook on the stove at medium heat for about 35 minutes.

    When the sauce has a thick consistency, remove it from the stove and add some fresh parsley.

    Serve it hot with bread, naan, or rice.

    Skillet chicken with parsley

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    Skillet Chicken

    Skillet Chicken

    Yield: 1
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 45 minutes
    Total Time: 55 minutes

    Skillet chicken has date night written all over it. Add some heat with spicy paprika and balance it with cooking cream. It's a must-try recipe. Your partner will be impressed for sure.


    • 4 chicken thighs or breasts
    • 1 paprika
    • 1 and 1/2 cups (325 g) tomato sauce
    • salt
    • pepper
    • fresh parsley
    • 1 cup (230 g) cooking cream


    Prepare the chickens thighs or chicken breasts:

    1. Remove the skin from the chicken thighs. They already contain fat, so you will not need the extra fat from the skin.
    2. If you do not have boneless thighs, remove the bone. If you don't know how to do it, take a look here. Bee has a very nice guide on how to debone a chicken thigh.
    3. If you have chicken breasts, you can replace the thighs and make skillet chicken breasts.
    4. It's time to start frying. Add a little oil to a frying pan and let it heat.
    5. Add the boneless, skinless, chicken thighs or breasts to the preheated pan and fry them on both sides until they will have a beautiful golden color.
    6. Remove the chicken from the pan and put it aside.

    Prepare the sauce:

    1. Chop the paprika into medium-small cubes
    2. In the same oil where you fried the chicken, add the chopped paprika and fry it on medium heat for two minutes. You do not want to overcook it.
    3. Add the tomato sauce and stir it together with the paprika.
    4. Add the cooking cream slowly and stir at the same time. This will help to better incorporate the cooking cream. You should use low - medium heat as you do not want to separate your cream.
    5. Add the chicken and broil for 30 minutes, or until you get a nice creamy consistency.
    6. Serve it with fresh parsley.


    When frying the chicken, use high heat. Remove it when it has a nice golden color. Don't worry if it's not cooked in the middle at this step. You are going to broil it in the sauce to finish the cooking process.

    This skillet chicken recipe looks awesome if you can transfer it to a serving plate. Add the parsley on top after you transfer it.

    Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving:Calories: 315Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 175mgSodium: 447mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 31g

    Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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