Crispy and Spicy Lemon Chicken Thighs #SundaySupper

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by Isabel Laessig (Isabel Foodie) · 21 comments

in Sunday Supper

This Sunday Supper we’re celebrating spicy recipes.  The passionate and inspiring Sunday Supper contributors have come up with some amazing recipes to spice it up.  Whether you like it hot or whether you are a wimp, this Sunday Supper recipes will help you take it up a notch in your kitchen.

Spicy Lemon Chicken Thighs

I have a confession, I am a total wimp with my cooking.  Very rarely do I cook a spicy dish.  When Amy from KimchiMom, excitedly brought up this week’s theme, I thought… Oh No! But the rest of the Sunday Supper Contributors were so excited.  I had to turn to my heritage for inspiration.  Paprika is a staple in Portuguese Cuisine.  It was the perfect inspiration that I needed.  The taste combination of paprika and lemon was  out of this world.  And don’t let me get started on the crispy skin, it was an immediate favorite with our family.   We served the Crispy and Spicy Lemon Chicken Thighs with Portuguese Rice and a simple salad.

Crispy and Spicy Lemon Chicken Thighs #SundaySupper

Number of servings: 8

Per Serving 419 calories

Fat 33 g

Carbs 8 g

Protein 26 g


Crispy and Spicy Lemon Chicken Thighs #SundaySupper


  • 8 chicken thighs
  • 8 Tablespoons paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Lemons


  1. Combine paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a bowl.
  2. Heat large skillet to medium and add olive oil.
  3. Dip chicken thighs in the spice mixture.
  4. Press down the chicken into the mixture until well coated.
  5. Place 4 at a time in the skillet.
  6. Cook on each side approximately 10 to 12 minutes until the skin is crispy and the chicken is cooked through.
  7. Repeat until all the thighs are cooked.
  8. Remove the chicken thighs from the skillet
  9. Thinly slice one lemon and add to the skillet. Simmer on low for approximately 5 minutes.
  10. Add all the thighs to the skillet and squeeze the lemon juice from one lemon over the chicken.
  11. I love to serve with Portuguese Rice and a Simple Salad

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Caldo de Camaron y Pescado (Shrimp & Fish Soup) from girlichef
Bajia with Tomato and Chili Chutney from My cute bride
Buffalo Chicken {shredded} Salad from Casa de Crews
Sriracha and Parmesan Fries from Mess Makes Food
Smoky Salmon Chowder from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Hummus and Spicy Turkish Ezme Salad from Neighborfood
Goat Cheese Stuffed Peppedew Peppers from Healthy. Delicious.
Tofu Hariyali Kebabs-(Tofu Kebabs in Cilantro Sauce) from Soni’s FoodFiery Main Dishes

Spicy Stuffed Mexican Peppers from Peanut Butter and Peppers
Jalapeno Popper Fettuccine Alfredo from Chocolate Moosey
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Thai Cashew Chicken from Doggie at the Dinner Table
Skillet Jambalaya from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
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Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes August 11, 2013 at 9:07 am

One of my first dishes as a teenager was goulash, so paprika is one of my early loves. I still love it and add it to chimichurri. Great chicken recipe Isabel and I like that you´re using Edamam for the nutrition part!


Lane @ Supper for a Steal August 11, 2013 at 9:16 am

Mmm this sounds like a delicious easy chicken dinner. A great thing to make when chicken thighs are on sale.


Krayl @AnAppealingPlan August 11, 2013 at 9:28 am

Done! This couldn’t be easier. And I think I have all those items in my pantry right now.


Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips August 11, 2013 at 9:41 am

Sometimes simplest is best. And you can easily adjust the spice in this by using hot or sweet paprika! Yum!


Nichole C August 11, 2013 at 9:44 am

I am a spicy wimp too, but I like the flavor. I am a glutton for punishment, I suppose? I have a frozen package of chicken thighs that I have had NO inspiration for..until now. Thanks for this recipe!


Helene D'souza August 11, 2013 at 11:00 am

The Portuguese here exchanged paprika for the red chili here in goa. ^.^ I would enjoy your recipe completely, my husband might need the red chili after all instead of the paprika. Super delicious Isabel!


Angie @ Big Bear's Wife August 11, 2013 at 11:03 am

I love spice! What a great theme! Lovely looking chicken thighs!


Lauren @ Healthy Delicious August 11, 2013 at 11:13 am

Lemon chicken is one of my husbands favorite things, but I’ve never thought to spice it up. I love this! Pinning for later. :)


Carla August 11, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Sounds like a simple yet delicious dinner for Sunday Supper!


Stacy August 11, 2013 at 12:30 pm

This is such a lovely dish, Isabel. I know the skin is unhealthy but I must admit that it is always my favorite part of any chicken dish when it is crispy. Lemon and paprika are a winner combination!


Jen @JuanitasCocina August 11, 2013 at 12:53 pm

It’s the crispy skin that is making me DROOL!


Diana @EatMoveShine August 11, 2013 at 1:09 pm

This looks and sounds delicious!!! I’m with you, and rarely cook spicy food, but I’m loving this option! Can’t wait to give it a try…


Liz August 11, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Haha…I went with cinnamon, so I think we’re in the same boat. Your chicken looks wonderful…and my family will not complain about paprika ;)


The Ninja Baker August 11, 2013 at 4:32 pm

I didn’t realize paprika was a big part of Portuguese cuisine. I was aware of the importance of paprika in Hungary. (My brother and his family lived in Hungary for a bit.) So thank you for the education and this stellar crispy chicken recipe =)


Sarah Reid, CNP (@jo_jo_ba) August 11, 2013 at 4:32 pm

Chicken and lemon is such a great classic combo!


Soni August 12, 2013 at 12:00 pm

I love paprika and use it a lot in my cooking!Lemon sounds great in these gorgeous thighs and they look perfectly golden and delicious!!


Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons August 12, 2013 at 4:49 pm

Oh, I love this dish! I make it all the time, and now I can tell people it’s Portuguese (I had no idea it was, but now it sounds special :)).


Amy Kim (@kimchi_mom) August 12, 2013 at 11:09 pm

I guess I never knew you were a spice wimp! ;-) I just assumed with your Portuguese background, you loved spicy food! Every chorizo I’ve tried is pretty spicy! :-)

Love this chicken with the smoky paprika!


Renee August 13, 2013 at 8:43 pm

Paprika is a fabulous spice and perfect for this event. I have two kinds of it in my pantry and use it all the time.


Laura | Small Wallet, Big Appetite August 14, 2013 at 9:40 am

So simple and yet so full of incredible flavour, this is so going down as a week day meal idea.


Courtney @ Neighborfood August 14, 2013 at 1:21 pm

I LOOOOVE chicken with crispy skin. And paprika is one of my most-used spices. Can’t wait to try this!


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