Paprika chicken with pearl barley

Paprika chicken with pearl barley. Pair with your favorite vegetable for a perfect meal.

When it comes to cooking, I was always a follow a recipe exactly kind of person. The idea of creating my own recipe never even entered my thoughts. After all, for the longest time, I didn’t even know how to cook. However, recently I have begun to experiment more in the kitchen. My latest spontaneous creation is this paprika chicken with pearl barley. This recipe was such a huge success, that I made it twice within a week because my family wanted to enjoy it again.

If you are wondering how this recipe came to be, it’s kind of one of those random occurrences. I was getting ready to cook dinner one night but wasn’t sure how I wanted to cook the chicken. All our usual ways seemed boring, so I decided to whip something up. Of course, being in the middle of a pantry challenge, my ingredient list was fairly small. It all started with a glance into the spice cupboard and the first thing I spotted was paprika, something I rarely use.

The rest of the recipe followed quickly with all of the other herbs and the brown sugar. However, once I had this herb mixture made, I realized it wouldn’t stick to the chicken. So into the refrigerator I went and that’s when I found the mayo. Why not add that, I thought. Afterward, the mixture seemed a bit too thick, but with a splash of olive oil, it was a perfect consistency. I’ll admit, I wasn’t sure how this would work out, but as soon as it started cooking, the smell told me I had hit the jackpot.

Normally I would pair chicken with rice. However, spotting some pearl barley in the cupboard I decided that would be a unique side since we so rarely eat it. To give the grain more flavor, I cooked it in some turkey stock. And thus paprika chicken with pearl barley was born.

Paprika chicken with pearl barley. Pair with your favorite vegetable for a perfect meal.

Paprika chicken with pearl barley


  • 3-4 chicken thighs
  • 2 Tbsp mayo
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 Tbsp crushed dried green onions or onion powder
  • 1 tsp coarse salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1-2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 cup pearl barley
  • 2-3 cups water or stock


  1. In a medium pot, bring the barley and water or stock to a boil. Reduce to a simmer on medium-low heat and cook for about 30 minutes.
  2. Place chicken in a pan and over medium-low heat cook until nearly done.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the remaining ingredients.
  4. Once the chicken is nearly cooked, spread half of the sauce mixture over the top of the chicken. Cook for 2-4 minutes.
  5. Flip the chicken and apply the remaining sauce. Cooking for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Give the chicken a final flip and cook for about 2 minutes. This allows the flavors to infuse into the meat.
  7. Serve with your choice of vegetable.

Give this paprika chicken a try. Toss it into your monthly meal plan and you are sure to love it.

Have you created a recipe recently? If so, what was it?


  1. This meal looks delicious! So colorful and fresh. 🙂

    1. It was really good. Has me eager to experiment more in the kitchen.

  2. It’s fun to experiment with various ingredients and make something delicious. I made some Chicken with Cream of Mushroom last weekend which my hubby really likes. I haven’t got the chance to write down the recipe yet.
    I’d love to try this Paprika Chicken for dinner later. Thanks for sharing, Sarah!

    1. It really is. Heck, even when the experiments don’t really work out, the process is half of the fun anyway. I’m glad to hear your hubby enjoyed your chicken dish. I hope you make this one and enjoy it.

  3. This looks so good! I’m saving this to try later. 😀

    1. I’m sure that you will enjoy it. We are already talking about making it again, haha.

  4. This looks amazing! Thanks for sharing your recipe, I’ll have to try this 🙂


    1. It’s really good. Hope you enjoy it!

  5. Look delicious! I actually love using paprika to season meats! we use it a lot with garlic! Will definitely have to give this a try though (with some keto substitutions of course haha)

    1. I had no idea it was so good with meat until I whipped up this recipe. I will be using paprika much more often in the future. It’s just the pearl barley that’s non-keto right? Should be easy enough to find a substitute for that.

  6. Sounds like something my husband would LOVE. I’ll have to experiment and see if the same seasoning can be recreated with a tofu product for me!

    1. Oh, I bet this would be fantastic with tofu. Now I want to try it that was as well.

  7. I loved reading how this recipe came together. We are ‘experts’ at throwing things together and coming up with amazing meals. My twin sister and I always say we seem to create the best meals when the cupboards are bare and it’s grocery shopping time.
    Who knows, you might just have a lot more recipe ideas up your sleeve!

    1. Thanks. It certainly makes me want to throw random ingredients together again and see where it takes me. Bare cupboards definitely push the creativity envelope.

  8. This looks delicious and so healthy too! I love that you have used pearl barley, it makes a great alternative to rice. It all sounds so tasty and flavoursome. Thanks for sharing the recipe! <3 xx

    Bexa |

    1. Thanks. The barley definitely added a new flavor profile to it and I’m so glad I found some. It has amazing flavor.

  9. Love barley in soup but have never tried it like this before. New idea for me.

    1. Prior to this, I had only ever had barley in soups. I will be eating it like this regularly.

  10. Looks great Sarah. I’m not the best cook and to be honest, cooking is not one of my favourite pass times, but the sauce for the chicken looks like something I could manage and pretty easy to make to spice up the chicken.
    I’ll give this a go! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. I used to totally suck at cooking so you can get better as well. The sauce really adds a ton of flavor. Hope you enjoy it!

  11. That sounds great!
    Tonight I made foil packets with Italian sausage, asparagus and zucchini. Cooked them over the fire since it was so beautiful out tonight.
    Definitely going to try using paprika with my chicken next time! I never use it either, except for deviled eggs. Lol

    1. Oh, I love making foil packet dinners. Makes me think I need to add those to our meal plan soon. Glad to hear I’m not the only one who only used paprika for deviled eggs.

  12. Nice post! I really was intrigued and amused by your mention of a pantry challenge. Also, the last thing I expected was to hear that you used mayo; it really does make most things surprisingly better. As a recipe follower myself, I enjoyed hearing about your thought process and how you made certain decisions, such as with the mayo and olive oil. Well done! I’m hungry now! 🙂

    1. Thank you! I’ll be doing a post explaining our pantry challenge once we are done with it. Mayo is quite an interesting ingredient and I agree it does improve a lot of meals. Glad to hear you enjoyed reading about my process. Hope you give this a try.

  13. This sounds like such a healthy meal! It also sounds very yummy. I like pearl barley. Used to have it a lot as a child. Thank you for sharing xx

    1. It’s got a ton of flavor and it really tasty. Hope you give it a try.

  14. We have never heard of pearl barley! We need to research this more…feel like we are living under a rock. 🙂

    1. Pearl barley is a great alternative grain. You can use it just like rice yet it adds in new flavors. It’s especially good in beef soup. Hope you give it a try.

  15. Experimenting is what I do a lot of the time in my kitchen. We also eat a lot of chicken. I look forward to trying this recipe with my family. The barley is something new I will have to introduce to my family. Looks great!

    1. Chicken is just so versatile it’s hard not to turn to it whenever we are looking for something new to try. I hope you give this a try. Barley is a great substitute for rice. It has a unique texture so not everyone loves it but I think it’s great.

  16. I have never done much cooking with paprika either but this looks fabulous! I’m definitely adding it to my meal rotation! Thank you so much for sharing this unique recipe!

    1. Honestly, before this recipe I rarely touched paprika, I just didn’t know what to do with it. I hope you enjoy it when you do give this a try.

  17. I can’t wait to try this! Thanks for sharing!

    1. I hope you enjoy it!

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