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Low-carb, Protein-packed Meal: Chicken Paprikash

This veggie and protein combo packs loads of nutrition, and is more colorful and appetizing than your regular pasta dish.

5 Low-Carb, Protein-Packed Meal: Chicken Paprikash
Brian Klutch / M+F Magazine
Calories 217
Protein 24g
Fat 8g
Carbs 10g
Fiber 3g
Sodium 256mg
Brian Klutch / M+F Magazine

This chicken dish yields enough high-protein meals for at least half the week. Not bad for a prep time of 10 minutes.

Chicken Paprikash with Spiralized Onions and Bell Peppers Servings: 4
Prep time: 10   |   Cook time: 40
You'll need
  • 1 lb chicken thighs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, diced
  • 1 tbsp paprika (not smoked)
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 (14 oz) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup coconut cream (white solids)
Directions 
1. Season chicken with salt and pepper. In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Cook chicken, skin-side down, until golden, about 6 minutes. Turn over, and cook for about 6 more minutes. Transfer to a plate, and reserve 1 Tbsp of the fat from the pot.
2. Spiralize onion and bell pepper with the spiralizer blade that creates ribbons (use Blade A). Set aside.
3. Heat pot with the reserved 1 Tbsp fat over medium heat. Add spiralized onion, and cook, stirring frequently, until it begins to soften, about 2 minutes. Add garlic, and cook, stirring frequently, about 2 minutes. Add paprika, season with salt and pepper, and stir. Add broth and tomatoes, and bring to a boil over high. Add spiralized bell pepper, and toss until coated in sauce.
4. Return chicken to pot in a single layer, and cover with sauce. Reduce heat to medium, and cook until sauce is thickened, about 20 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate, and set aside.
5. Add coconut cream to sauce, and stir until combined. Place onion and bell pepper on a serving platter, arrange chicken on top, and spoon over with sauce.
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