Real Food for Real Kids—Paprika Chicken

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A quick, healthy chicken recipe for busy parents

Chicken is a great source of lean, low-fat protein that kids almost always enjoy eating—but it’s often prepared in ways that make the finished dish not-so-healthy. Skip deep fried, battered and over-sauced dishes and opt for healthier alternatives, like this delicious roasted Paprika Chicken. We promise it’s kid-approved and easy to make!

Serves: 4-6


5-6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
¼ cup sweet paprika
¼ cup brown sugar
1¼ tsp sea salt
1 tsp garlic powder
pinch black pepper (freshly ground, if possible)
¼ cup water


1. Mix all ingredients, except the chicken, in a large bowl. Voilà, you have a marinade.

2. Chop the chicken into pieces and massage in the marinade.

3. A good rule of thumb: the longer you let your chicken marinate, the more envious your dinner guests will be. Refrigerate the marinating chicken overnight, covered, for best results.

4. When you’re ready, roast the chicken at 375ºF (preheated) for 25-30 minutes or until the internal temp reads 182ºF on a meat thermometer.

The edges will char a little bit, but this is part of Paprika Chicken’s charm. Enjoy!


Putting the chicken and marinade into a zipped plastic bag lets you accomplish Step 2 with minimal mess, and with the help of budding chefs (less work for you!)

Generally, fresh herbs can be substituted for dried by using one tablespoon of fresh for every one teaspoon of dried.


Real Food for Real Kids Real Food for Real Kids is a Toronto-based catering company that aims to reconnect children and families to real food by providing delicious, healthy, all-natural meals and snacks – made fresh from scratch.