May 15

One-Pot Cumin & Smoked Paprika Chicken with Potatoes Recipe


One-Pot Cumin & Smoked Paprika Chicken with Potatoes Recipe | #recipe #chicken

Today is a big day for my youngest son (T), and it’s appropriate that I’m posting this one-pot chicken and potato recipe, one of his favorite dishes. Today is T’s ninth birthday and, little does he know, but he has a big surprise coming his way this afternoon, something that he has been wishing and begging for over the last two years. So has my older son (M), for that matter.

When T comes home after school today, my husband, Steve, and I will lead him upstairs, blindfolded. When the blindfold comes off, he’ll be standing in front of a door adorned with birthday balloons. He knows it as the door to the guest room, but now…

Now it’s going to be his room.

His bed will be tucked in the corner, with a new alarm clock sitting on the bedside table. There will be a cool Bruce Lee poster hanging on the hall for my kung fu-loving boy, and a new striped rug on the floor to brighten things up. We’ll set up his dresser and bookcase along the wall, decorated with T’s kung-fu trophy, rock collection and prized Lego battleships.

T Baby
T as a bright-eyed baby.

T Walking
Taking his first steps.

Of course, Steve and I are excited for T, but there’s a small part each of our hearts that aches. For 7 years now, M and T shared a room, one on top of each other in their bunk beds. Listening to them whispering to each other at night, sharing experiences and stories, was such a joy. And now this will just happen on special occasions, when they decide to have a sleepover in one room or the other.

T Tractor
Just a few months ago.

But we know it is time for this rite of passage. M is heading off to middle school next year and they are both yearning for a little privacy, a space to call their own. And so Steve and I will swallow our stifle our sadness, and rejoice with T as he crawls under the covers of his bed….in his own room…as a big 9-year old.

M & T, our two boys.

Happy Birthday to my sweet and funny boy!

The recipe:

This is a recipe that I’ve been making for years. I adapted it from a Cooking Light Magazine recipe that, changing up the spices and proportions to fit our family. It’s one of those recipes that I make when I’m stumped for a new idea because I know it’s going to be a hit, and the ingredients are usually in my freezer and pantry.

I throw everything into my Cuisinart Everyday Pan (this is my Amazon affiliate link for the pan) and let it simmer until done. I truly use this pan at least 4 times per week.

In a small bowl, combine cumin, smoked paprika, brown sugar, coriander, 1/2 teaspoon salt, pepper, cayenne and 1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil. Rub the spice mixture over the chicken thighs. Set aside.

One-Pot Cumin & Smoked Paprika Chicken with Potatoes Recipe | #recipe #chicken

In a large bowl, combine potatoes, 1/2 tsp salt, red bell pepper, shallot and 1 tablespoon olive oil.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the potato mixture to the skillet and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

One-Pot Cumin & Smoked Paprika Chicken with Potatoes Recipe | #recipe #chicken

Add the chicken broth, cover the skillet, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 5 minutes. Uncover and nestle the chicken thighs into the potato mixture.

One-Pot Cumin & Smoked Paprika Chicken with Potatoes Recipe | #recipe #chicken

Cover and cook for approximately 20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the potatoes are tender. Sprinkle with the parsley. Serve.

Other one-pot meals:

One-Pot Recipe |
Cookin’ Canuck’s Hearty Chicken Sausage, Roasted Pepper & Whole Wheat Orzo Soup Recipe
Cookin’ Canuck’s Mum’s Chicken & Potato Curry Recipe
The Shiksa in the Kitchen’s Chicken Chickpea Stew
Part Time Chef’s Dill & Lentil Rice
Audrey’s One-Pan Pork Tenderloin with Lemon & Potatoes

One-Pot Cumin & Smoked Paprika Chicken with Potatoes Recipe
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Serves: 8 chicken thighs + 2⅔ cup potato mixture
  • 1½ tsp ground cumin
  • 1½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp (packed) brown sugar
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp kosher salt, divided
  • ¼ tsp ground pepper
  • ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2½ tbsp olive oil
  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1¾ lb. red-skinned potatoes, cut into ¼-inch slices
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • ¾ cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • ¼ cup minced flat-leaf parsley
  1. In a small bowl, combine cumin, smoked paprika, brown sugar, coriander, ½ teaspoon salt, pepper, cayenne and 1½ tablespoon olive oil. Rub the spice mixture over the chicken thighs. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine potatoes, ½ tsp salt, red bell pepper, shallot and 1 tablespoon olive oil.
  3. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the potato mixture to the skillet and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the chicken broth, cover the skillet, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 5 minutes. Uncover and nestle the chicken thighs into the potato mixture.
  5. Cover and cook for approximately 20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the potatoes are tender. Sprinkle with the parsley. Serve.
Calories 258 / Total Fat 8.4g / Saturated Fat 1.6g / Cholesterol 75.5mg / Sodium 1332.2mg / Total Carbohydrates 20.6g / Sodium 292.7mg / Total Carbohydrates 20.6g / Fiber 4.2g / Sugars 0.9g / Protein 23.0g / WW (Old Points) 5 / WW (Points+) 6 / Inspired by a Cooking Light magazine recipe.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 chicken thigh + ⅓ cup potato mixture Calories: 258 cal Fat: Total Fat 8.4g / Saturated Fat 1.6g

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1 Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch May 15, 2013 at 6:23 am

What a special post! Happy Birthday to your son!!! This dish looks delicious, Dara. Have a great time celebrating today!!! xoxo


2 Tieghan May 15, 2013 at 6:30 am

How exciting for T! What an awesome birthday gift! Hope you guys have a great day!

These potatoes are calling my name!! I love all the spices! YUM!


3 Kalyn May 15, 2013 at 6:32 am

What a fun surprise for him, and I’m sure he’s going to be excited. Both your boys are so sweet (gee, I wonder where they get it from?) I love the photos in this post!

And this recipe looks like a total winner for an easy family dinner!


4 Maria May 15, 2013 at 6:52 am

Happy Birthday to T! This is a great weeknight meal!


5 gina @ skinnytaste May 15, 2013 at 6:58 am

I’m all about the cumin, this looks lovely!!!!!


6 Bev @ Bev Cooks May 15, 2013 at 7:12 am

Happy Birthday to the boy!

And this one-pot business has me weepy.


7 Brian @ A Thought For Food May 15, 2013 at 7:34 am

Awwwww! I bet he’s going to love having his own room… what a lovely birthday gift.


8 Deborah May 15, 2013 at 7:34 am

Oooh, happy birthday to your boy! And what a bittersweet moment. It’s so great watching them grow up, but so hard at the same time. And this meal? Want!


9 Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective May 15, 2013 at 8:34 am

Your boys are adorable! Happy Birthday to T! Looks like a wonderful dinner recipe. :)


10 Katie May 15, 2013 at 9:07 am

awe happy birthday to your son! this one-pot meal looks divine!!!


11 Liz May 15, 2013 at 9:26 am

Thank you for the nice recipe. Handsome sons “Happy Birthday”


12 Kiran @ May 15, 2013 at 10:09 am

Happy Birthday to your sweet little boy! I can imagine the surprise and happiness on his face when he sees his room :)


13 Amanda May 15, 2013 at 10:20 am

Happy birthday T, what a great present! :)


14 Mr. & Mrs. P May 15, 2013 at 10:20 am

Happy birthday to T! Hes so cute!!!

We just love one pot meals!! Less to clean up after!! =)


15 Barbara @ Barbara Bakes May 15, 2013 at 10:26 am

Happy Birthday to you big guy! This looks like a wonderful meal.


16 Betty May 15, 2013 at 10:31 am

Both your boys are blessed to have two geat parents. Enjoy your posts and recipes. The only change I anticipate making to this one is to brown the thighs in the skillet first. Then set them aside and proceed with the recipe as given. It also lookslike an easy recipe to half.


17 Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain May 15, 2013 at 10:34 am

Yay! Happy Birthday to the big boy! And this one-pot chicken dish must be actioned!


18 Lauren @ Rustic Honey May 15, 2013 at 10:48 am

I absolutely love one-pot meals! Less clean-up is always a plus! Will be trying this recipe soon! Your boys are so cute! Sounds like they will be so excited for their new rooms! Happy B-day T!


19 Sharon & Denise May 15, 2013 at 10:58 am

One pot meals are the best. This one looks incredible! We will definitely be trying this recipe in the near future. ~~ Thanks, Sharon & Denise


20 Barbara | Creative Culinary May 15, 2013 at 11:07 am

Happy Birthday to your sweet son Dara; he is so cute!

I just love cumin and it’s a love that has come about later in life so I’m hungry to use it as often as possible. Sounds terrific; a must make.


21 JulieD May 15, 2013 at 11:31 am

Happy birthday to your son!! This recipe looks amazing!


22 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking May 15, 2013 at 11:40 am

I live for one-pot wonders like this! Such a yummy looking recipe. Happy birthday to your sweet boy, Dara!


23 Manju @ Manju's Eating Delights May 15, 2013 at 11:47 am

Hello there, I bet I’ve stumbled upon your blog several times and have always gazed at the amazing posts and pics. What a beautiful blog and so well written. I specially love your weightloss feature….so inspiring and definitely proud of you!

Happy b’day to your 9 yr old and that dish looks scrumptious!


24 Gerry @ Foodness Gracious May 15, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Wow, reading this gave me goose bumps for goodness sakes, what is wrong with me. I’m an emotional wreck since turning 40 :) Great story and I hope T is blown away by all of the cool stuff his mom and dad do!


25 Betsy May 15, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Would boneless/skinless chicken breasts work well with the One-Pot Cumin & Smoked Paprika Chicken with Potatoes? I’d love to make this but my husband prefers chicken breasts.


26 Kara smith May 15, 2013 at 2:12 pm

I know just how you feel. We moved my two sons to seperate rooms early this year and it was a heart tugger. You’re happy they’re blossoming as individuals, but can’t help hating to see the years fly by. Happy borthday T!


27 Nancy@acommunaltable May 15, 2013 at 3:10 pm

I honestly don’t know where to start… with your adorable children (Happy, happy Birthday T!), commiserating over boys growing up (mine are 20 and 17 – YIKES!!) or licking my chops over that fabulous chicken and potato one dish meal – which BTW are one of my ALL TIME favorites – seriously cannot wait to make this!
Gorgeous kids, gorgeous photos and a wonderful story!!!


28 Laura (Tutti Dolci) May 15, 2013 at 8:23 pm

Happy birthday to T! Absolutely love the flavors in this dish!


29 ashley - baker by nature May 15, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Those baby pictures are just SO stinkin’ cute!!! And this chicken dish looks amazing!!! Happy Bday to your guy :)


30 Amy MS May 16, 2013 at 7:24 am

Happy Birthday to your son! This looks great, but have you ever made it with chicken breasts instead of thighs? We are more of a white meat chicken family.


31 addie | culicurious May 16, 2013 at 9:10 am

Your sons are adorable, Dara. :)

Also, I really like how you sliced those potatoes. I’m gonna have to give that a try. I’m more prone to cubing but I like this!


32 Nicolel May 16, 2013 at 11:58 am

This looks really delicious. I really need a new recipe to try and this looks like something I can handle. Is there a huge difference in smoked paprika and paprika?


33 nessa May 16, 2013 at 7:21 pm

Happy birthday to T! The chicken looks really good!


34 aussiebeachgirl May 16, 2013 at 7:31 pm

Happy belated birthday wishes for the Birthday Boy! I’m sure he adored his surprise! So deserving. We’re going to give this recipe a go tonight, and trying your Mom’s fab chicken & potato curry tomorrow night. Can’t wait! Cheers, Hx


35 kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts May 16, 2013 at 9:49 pm

What a great post for your son–and a tasty-looking recipe as well. I like how everything cooks together–I bet the flavors are wonderful. Thanks!


36 Liren May 16, 2013 at 11:18 pm

My heart just twitterpated (wait, was that from Bambi? What movie was that?) when I saw that huggable cutie in first couple of pictures. Oh my goodness, my heart aches at how fast it goes by! I can just imagine how thrilled he was to move into his big boy room, but totally understand how it must have been bittersweet for you guys, too.

Love this one pot dish – I’ve been craving potatoes a lot lately, this sounds so good to me!


37 traci May 17, 2013 at 4:34 am

Such a neat story that by the end I couldnt even remember what you had made. I just went through that with my kids. Its so hard and even harder to admit when they get old. I hate it. But just as much as I hate them leaving one stage its exciting to go through the next.


38 kita May 17, 2013 at 5:59 am

You had me at one pot! This paprika chicken sounds awesome.
And his own room?! How freakin rad is that! I remember how big a moment my own room was. ;D Happy Birthday to your boy!


39 Jaime May 17, 2013 at 5:25 pm

I hope your son’s birthday was all he (and you) hoped for! I made this tonight – it was a hit with the entire family. Thanks!


40 Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen May 17, 2013 at 9:44 pm

What handsome young men you have! It’s like you blink and they are so big, they grow so fast. Love this hearty meal and the photos are gorgeous.


41 Jeanette May 18, 2013 at 8:21 am

Happy Birthday to T! The kids grow up so quickly don’t they. Love this one pot meal – smoked paprika is one of my favorite spices – definitely going to give this a whirl Dara.


42 Des @ Life's Ambrosia May 18, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Happy Birthday to your boy! And I can see why this is one of his favorites. It looks scrumptious! BTW it was nice to finally meet you at BTP :)


43 Nutmeg Nanny May 20, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Oh wow! This recipe is perfect, the dish looks so delicious :)
Happy Birthday to your boy!!


44 Mimi May 21, 2013 at 9:25 pm

Awww, that is so cute and exciting! I have a nine year old so I am at the same stage with privacy and such but he is an only child so it’s more to do with me wanting to snuggle and kiss on him and he not wanting to so much.

That recipe looks de-lish. Going to show the cooking boyfriend the recipe!


45 Rachel Cooks May 22, 2013 at 6:31 am

Happy birthday to T! Love this recipe–I’m obsessed with cumin.


46 Frank @Memorie di Angelina May 23, 2013 at 8:13 am

Give me anything with smoked paprika and only one pot to clean! Looks delicious, Dara.


47 Diana@My Humble Kitchen May 24, 2013 at 8:34 pm

Dara, I totally remember when I finally got my own room. I had to of been around the same age as T. I’m sure he was so happy!! Thanks for sharing this one pot meal as well. I’m putting it on my menu for this week!


48 Chantal June 2, 2013 at 3:20 am

Hi there, not sure where I went wrong with this recipe.

It looks amazing and I love a good one-pot recipe but the flavours just weren’t wow enough for me. A bit too bland.


49 Min June 20, 2013 at 11:59 am

This is such a sweet.sweet post. These are the moments and memories that I hope to experience and treasure as I pray daily for our lil’ miracle. I hear kids grow up very fast and that you should treasure every single moment. As someone who’s always trying to be a step ahead (I’m working on changing this about myself), this will be quite a challenge. Happy birthday, T! Your have a beautiful smile ;).

As for this husband’s fork will be all over this! Can’t wait to make this for him soon. He’s been good to me..he always is ;).


50 Patty June 23, 2013 at 7:15 pm

This is a dish that I will be making for the 4th of July, thank you for sharing. I also want to mention Happy belated b-day to T. That picture you of the baby taking first steps is too cute, love it!!


51 Jeniece January 13, 2014 at 1:37 pm

Just made this dish as a quick meal cause I had all the ingredients in the house. Flavour is good, preparation is simple and it even worked with bone in chicken thighs. Will definitely be making this one again. Thanks!


52 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 27, 2014 at 9:14 am

Jeniece, I’m so glad you enjoyed this. It’s a favorite dish at our house, and it’s great for a weeknight meal.


53 Emy March 26, 2014 at 4:41 pm

Just made this dish exactly to recipe. To be honest, I was disappointed-the only flavor that really came through was the coriander , otherwise very bland. The brown sugar, paprika, and cumin get lost in the dish.


54 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 27, 2014 at 9:09 am

Emy, I’m sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy this. This recipe is always a big hit with my family and guests we’ve served it to. Typically, I find that the smoked paprika (please double-check that you’re using smoked rather than regular paprika) is the most dominant flavor. Another suggestion…make sure that your spices are fresh and kept in a cool place. Spices that have been sitting around for awhile (and believe me, I’ve done that many times) tend to lose their potency.


55 Margaret July 1, 2014 at 4:41 pm

I made this yesterday and I loved it! I’m sure this will become a staple in my kitchen.


56 michele November 30, 2014 at 8:27 am

hi there – this looks delicious. do you think boneless skinless chicken breasts would work? maybe cut them in half to be the same size as thighs? any difference on cooking time? thanks!


57 Dara December 1, 2014 at 4:04 pm

Hi Michele, I’ve never used chicken breasts in this recipe, but I’m sure it would work well. Yes, I would cut them in half as you suggested. The cooking time will likely be pretty close, maybe a little shorter. Just be sure to check along the way so that the chicken breasts don’t dry out by being overcooked.


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