paprika chicken

7 Spice Chicken

paprika chicken

I’m sure you all know by now that I am addicted to chicken. Honestly, this 7 spice chicken will change your mind about chicken forever. My daughter normally would not eat the skin on chicken as she gets grossed out by it. With this recipe, she ate the skin on her chicken, the chicken and asked for mine too which of course was eaten too.

This chicken was made with all the simple ingredients you can find in your kitchen. The newest addition to my spice collection is ground onion. That spice is like a cure to any kitchen meal, it is everything. Also, who says NO to paprika, ginger, rosemary, thyme and garlic? If you know how to combine your spices well, then you will not have any problem with what you use them on. The weather here is getting better by the day (touch wood) and this 7 spice chicken can grace your barbeque table anytime.

This is going to be part of the show stopper meal on my barbeque party this year. I love using chicken thigh and leg for most of my chicken recipe as they are the juiciest and sweetest part of a chicken. also, in my opinion, it can be made healthy if eaten without skin. Trust me the chicken skin carries unnecessary calories that the body doesn’t need. That been said, I’m not a nutritionist; so make your research as these words are just my opinions.

rice and a wedge of lime


6-8 Chicken thigh

1tsp ground onion

2tbs paprika (substitute with smoky paprika)

1tsp ginger

1tsp garlic

Chilli flakes

1tsp Thyme


½tsp rosemary

1tbsp oil

Seasoning of choice

2tbsp butter


How to make spiced chicken

Wash and pat chicken dry, set aside

Combine all the ingredients listed above except the butter into a bowl, add the oil and mix together to form crumbs

Rub the mixed spices on the chicken (give it a good massage)

Leave the chicken to marinade for an hour or overnight preferably

spiced chicken

On the day, preheat the oven at 220 degrees Celsius

Place a pan on medium heat, add 2tbsp of butter and melt (do not let it burn) add the chicken to the melted butter and seal on both sides for about 3 minutes each.

searing poultry

seared spiced chicken in a pan

Transfer the chicken to a baking tray and roast for 45 minutes or according to the pack or weight of the chicken

grilled spiced poultry in a pam

Alternatively, cook on an open fire. You will thank me later, this spiced chicken is insanely good if I do say so myself.

I served the spiced chicken with savoury homemade rice. I got this inspiration the last time I visited a Turkish restaurant. Yes, you can eat rice without stew. I will share the recipe at some point

spiced chicken served with rice and a side of lime and tomatoes

 A squeeze of lime on that chicken, a mouthful then you are in heaven. Don’t forget to tag @myactivekitchen if you make this yummy 7 spice chicken. See you in my next post.x




  1. The flavors were solid, but these directions ended up with a bleeding under-cooked mess: 220 for 45 mins wasn’t close to done. Try upping to 300 or 350. Also, don’t say “salt” or “lime” for ingredients; give specific measurements. Again delicious spices, but the recipe was sadly marred by insufficiently cooked meat.

  2. Hi,

    Excited to try this recipe, please can you recommend seasoning to use? …

    • Hi Sara, I use knorr cubes or jumbo, if you will be using jumbo seasoning, reduce the amount of salt you add to your meals. thanks

  3. Hello Mrs joke, can I deep fry the chicken if no oven.

  4. Love this chicken. Great flavour

  5. Hi !
    This récipe looks amazing, i’m going through your blog and I am a beginner in the kitchen, I swear I cannot decide what to try out first.
    I have a doubt: If i cook the chicken in a pan (my oven doesnt work sadly), how long should it stay there? And what to do if it starts sticking to the pan?
    Thanks !

    • Hi Silvia, you can cook the chicken on the stove on low heat. Add a little bit of water to aid the cooking as you would want the chicken to cook through. I hope this helps? Do let me know how you get on and thanks for stopping by.

  6. I’m a new comer, cooking is one thing I like but I don’t diversify, I hope I’ll be able to learn here, I’m ajoke too n my daughter is also aduke

  7. Hi Mrs. Ajoke, you are my namesake. I love cooking too just like you. I am so in love with your blog and you’ve given me so much food inspiration. With love

  8. Do I put the chicken in the oven uncovered?

  9. Anything chicken and you’ve got me. Beautiful recipe to try out. Thank you


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