smoked paprika chicken with olives

Alton Brown proclaimed this as one of the best things he ever made. It is one of the best things I’ve ever eaten simply because the flavor is divine and unique – something that can only be achieved with smoked paprika. I’ve been stalking TJ Maxx since I found my first tin of Spanish smoked paprika and the hubs beamed when I brought it home. I guess I want to make him happy, so I try and keep smoked paprika in stock in the pantry – and also because it is the most important ingredient in this recipe. The combination of flavours in this recipe is indescribably good. Make it now…now.

Alton Brown’s Smoked Paprika Chicken with Potato and Onion

(taken from here)


  • 6 ounces pimento stuffed green olives, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 3 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
  • 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, unpeeled
  • 1 medium yellow onion, frenched


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Combine the olives, lemon zest and garlic in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Mix the smoked paprika, olive oil, 3/4 teaspoon of the salt and pepper into a paste in a large bowl.
  4. Lay the chicken thighs skin-side down. Using a pair of kitchen shears, make a cut down the length of the bone to expose it, then cut the meat away from the bone. Discard the bone. Add the boned chicken thighs to the paste and massage to coat.
  5. Thinly slice the potatoes on a mandoline, about 1/4-inch thick. Arrange the potato slices and onion pieces in an even layer on a foil-lined half sheet pan and sprinkle with the remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt.
  6. Stuff about 2 tablespoons of the olive mixture under the skin of each chicken thigh. Arrange the chicken thighs, skin-side up, on a cooling rack and set the rack over the potatoes and onion in the half sheet pan.
  7. Bake until the skin is crispy and the potatoes are tender, 55 to 60 minutes. If you prefer the potatoes crispy, remove the rack with the chicken and return to the oven for an additional 5 to 10 minutes. Serve immediately.

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