We love smoked paprika and are always trying to find new ways to use it. This chicken turns out very flavorful, but is surprisingly simple to make! (You can use regular or Hungarian paprika instead, but the flavor will be somewhat different.)
The recipe is long, only because we’re sharing a good amount of basic information about marinades and grilling. Read through it all, but once you understand the why of everything, you’ll see that there’s really not much to it!
We like to cook our chicken on the grill, but the smoked paprika gives it an outdoor flavor even when you cook it in the oven. To cook inside, see Variations at the end of the recipe.
When buying chicken, the cost can vary greatly. We understand how difficult it is to pay 2, 3 or 4 times as much for a healthier chicken. At the very least, look for chicken that has been raised without hormones or antibiotics. Today it is much easier to find organic or free-range chickens in the grocery store, but those labels can be misleading. Even so, we usually spend more for organic or “pasture-raised” chickens, either from the grocery store or at the farmers markets. To balance the extra cost we just eat less chicken, either by using self-control or by combining it with less expensive ingredients or side dishes.