Sweet chicken with smoked paprika recipe

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Give your chicken an exotic blend of flavours with this tasty recipe from Phil Vickery. Cook in your slow cooker for a deeper flavour

Preparation Time15 mins
Cooking Time3 hours (on high slow cooker setting)
Total Time3 hours 15 mins

Phil Vickery's sweet chicken with smoked paprika uses lots of delicious spices to create a fabulous evening meal.Infused with paprika, cumin, onions, garlic and a hint of Dijon mustard and Worcester sauce, is a dish that's packed full of flavours. This slow cooker recipe is ideal served with rice, Peshwari naan bread or potatoes for a more filling meal.

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  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 small Ramiro peppers, finely sliced
  • 1 beef tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 3 tbsp malt vinegar
  • 3 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • a couple pinches of castor sugar
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp Worcester sauce
  • 8
  • fillets, no skin or bones
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper




  1. Preheat the heating base to High. Place the slow cooker stoneware on the hob and gently heat the vegetable oil. Add the chilli and cumin and cook for 2 minutes to release their aroma and flavour.
  2. Next add the onion, garlic and peppers and cook for a further 6 minutes to soften slightly. Add the tomato, mustard, paprika, vinegar, ketchup, sugar, water and Worcester sauce, stir well and bring to a gentle simmer.
  3. Season well, sit the chicken thighs on top and spoon over a little of the sauce. Cover with the lid, place in the heating base and cook for 2-3 hours on High, or until the chicken is tender and cooked through.
  4. Once cooked, stir the chicken thighs into the vegetables and sauce. Mix the arrowroot with a little water to make a paste then add to the chicken and stir through. Cook for another 10 minutes to thicken nicely.
Top Tip for making Sweet chicken with smoked paprika

Serve with lightly cooked broccoli and a baked potato.

Phil Vickery
Celebrity Chef

Phil Vickery has been part of the This Morning team for over 20 years and his recipes are unsurprisingly a huge hit with families as they are fuss-free, wholesome and delicious. He’s one of the country’s most-loved chefs and is passionate about using locally sourced ingredients to cook classic British dishes. In fact, in Phil’s spare time he likes to spend ours on his farm tending to the land and livestock, which includes pigs.