Easy Low-Carb Chicken Paprikash Stew


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I adore paprika, especially smoked paprika.

My autoimmune condition makes most spices out of the question for me so being able to indulge in this rich, smoky dish is a real delight.

I used skinless and boneless chicken thighs, for ease of cooking, but you can use whatever you prefer. Just remember that you need slightly longer cooking time for bone-in thighs. You can even use skin-on chicken drumsticks for an extra boost of flavour like we used in our Easy Paprika Chicken Recipe.

This dish is easy and quick to put together and leaves you with time to relax and put your feet up while it cooks.

You can serve this comforting Hungarian classic stew with cauliflower rice or shirataki rice that can be prepared using this method. For a quick low-carb one-pot meal, simply add the rice into the stew and cook for a few minutes. Enjoy!

How to Make Chicken Paprikash in the Instant Pot

If you have the Instant Pot, you can easily make this low-carb meal by using the Saute program until step 4 (browning all of the ingredients for a few minutes and adding the stock). Then press cancel and close with a lid. Set to Manual, high-pressure, vent valve in the sealed position, and set to 12 minutes. After 12 minutes, manually release the pressure. Open the Instant pot and follow the recipe from step 5 (adding sour cream, heavy whipping cream and xanthan gum) and use the Saute program to finish it. Easy peasy!

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Hands-on Overall

Nutritional values (per serving, excludes sides)

Net carbs2.8 grams

Protein31.7 grams

Fat45 grams

Calories543 kcal

Calories from carbs 2%, protein 23%, fat 75%

Total carbs4 gramsFiber1.2 gramsSugars2.3 gramsSaturated fat13.5 gramsSodium121 mg(5% RDA)Magnesium64 mg(16% RDA)Potassium457 mg(23% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 4 servings)

  • 1 kg chicken thigh fillets (you can use bone in or boneless) (2.2 lb)
  • 1 small yellow onion, sliced (g/ oz)
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced (g/ oz)
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock (360 ml/ 12 fl oz)
  • 1 tbsp sweet paprika powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika powder
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (60 ml/ 2 fl oz)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (115 g/ 4 oz)
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream (60 ml/ 2 fl oz)
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum or glucomannan powder
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
Suggested sides:

Note: Xanthan gum or glucomannan powder are used for thickening but can be skipped if you can’t tolerate either. Glucomannan powder is the same ingredient that is found in shirataki noodles and is generally well tolerated.


  1. Peel and slice the onion. Finely slice the bell pepper.
    Easy Low-Carb Chicken Paprikash Stew
  2. Heat half of the oil in a heavy pan or a Dutch oven. Add the onion and pepper to the pan and cook quickly over a high heat, until softened. Remove from pan and set aside in a bowl.
    Note: For Instant pot instructions, check the tips in the recipe description above.
    Easy Low-Carb Chicken Paprikash Stew
  3. Place the rest of the oil in the pan and sear the chicken fillets, in batches, until they are browned on the outside. Sprinkle with sweet and smoked paprika and stir to coat well.
    Easy Low-Carb Chicken Paprikash Stew
  4. Return the onions and peppers to the pot and add the chicken stock. Simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. Mix the cream, sour cream and xanthan gum in a small bowl and add to the chicken, cooking for approx. 5 minutes until sauce thickens slightly.
    Easy Low-Carb Chicken Paprikash Stew
  6. Add half of the parsley and stir through. Serve over cauliflower rice with remaining parsley as a garnish.
    Easy Low-Carb Chicken Paprikash Stew
  7. Store, in a covered container, in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Serve with cauliflower rice or shirataki rice.
    Easy Low-Carb Chicken Paprikash Stew

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, excludes sides)

Net carbs Protein Fat Calories
Chicken thighs, boneless, skin-on, raw
0 g 29.7 g 27.5 g 365 kcal
Onion, brown (yellow), raw
0.7 g 0.1 g 0 g 4 kcal
Peppers, red bell, fresh
0.5 g 0.1 g 0 g 4 kcal
Chicken stock
0.1 g 0.9 g 0.8 g 10 kcal
Paprika, spices
0.2 g 0.2 g 0.1 g 3 kcal
Paprika, smoked (spices)
0.1 g 0.1 g 0 g 1 kcal
Olive oil, extra virgin
0 g 0 g 9 g 80 kcal
Cream, sour
0.9 g 0.5 g 3.7 g 38 kcal
Cream, heavy whipping, pouring, full-fat (30-40% fat)
0.3 g 0.2 g 3.8 g 37 kcal
Xanthan gum, thickening agent
0 g 0 g 0 g 1 kcal
Parsley, fresh (spices)
0 g 0 g 0 g 0 kcal
Total per serving, excludes sides
2.8 g 31.7 g 45 g 543 kcal

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