Good Frickin' Paprika Chicken


While this is a pretty straightforward grilled chicken recipe, the vinaigrette at the end was a last minute touch that worked out nicely. I really like oil and vinegar-based sauces on grilled meats. They work beautifully with the smoky, caramelized exterior.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs 20 mins
6 servings


  • 6 tablespoons plain yogurt

  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 3 tablespoons ground paprika

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon hot chile paste (such as sambal oelek)

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper

  • 1 (5 pound) whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces

  • salt

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon ketchup

  • teaspoon hot chile paste (such as sambal oelek)

  • 1 pinch paprika

  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Whisk together yogurt, garlic, 3 tablespoons paprika, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon hot chile paste, and cayenne pepper in a large bowl.

  2. Mix in chicken pieces and toss to evenly coat. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for 3 hours.

  3. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat, and lightly oil the grate.

  4. Remove chicken from the bag and transfer to a plate or baking sheet lined with paper towels. Pat chicken pieces dry with more paper towels. Season with salt.

  5. Combine 1/4 cup olive oil, sherry vinegar, ketchup, 1/8 teaspoon hot chile paste, pinch paprika, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Set aside.

  6. Grill chicken, skin-side down, on the preheated grill for 4 minutes with grill lid closed.

  7. Turn chicken and grill with lid closed until well-browned and meat is no longer pink in the center, about 6 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh should read 180 degrees F (82 degrees C).

  8. Spoon sherry vinegar mixture over cooked chicken and serve.

    close up view of Paprika Chicken with asparagus in a bowl

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

618 Calories
41g Fat
6g Carbs
54g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 618
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 41g 53%
Saturated Fat 10g 49%
Cholesterol 167mg 56%
Sodium 258mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 54g
Vitamin C 4mg 18%
Calcium 66mg 5%
Iron 4mg 19%
Potassium 494mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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