Croatian Chicken Mushroom Pepper Skillet

Homey Croatian Chicken Mushroom Pepper Skillet RecipeEasy Croatian Chicken Mushroom Pepper Skillet, a fantastic sandwich stuffing, and great on its own as a low carb meal!

Simple Croatian Chicken Mushroom Pepper Skillet Recipe
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One of the reasons I love to travel, is to experience the flavors and cooking styles of other cultures around the world.

Although the United States is a melting pot of nationalities, there are some international cuisines we don’t often enjoy in America.

I mean, when was the last time you visited a Croatian restaurant in your hometown?

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Just because some cuisines haven’t gained popularity here, doesn’t mean they aren’t worthwhile.

In my lifetime, I want to taste them all!

Making Croatian Chicken Mushroom Pepper Skillet Recipe

Speaking of Croatian cuisine, on a trip to Croatia last spring I came across a simple homey dish that was so satisfying, I made a note to replicate it a home and share it with you.

My travel buddy and I were trying to hunt down the best cevapi (regional sausages served on bubbly bread) in a little coastal village called Pula, when we happened upon another inspired dish at a restaurant named Bistro Odisej.

How To: Croatian Chicken Mushroom Pepper Skillet Recipe

It was a sandwich filled with sautéed chicken, mushrooms, onions, peppers, and herbs.

It seemed to be made with basic ingredients, and was simply cooked on a flattop griddle, but wow was it ever delicious!

How to Make Croatian Chicken Mushroom Pepper Skillet Recipe

Piletina u Povrcu, or Croatian Chicken in Vegetables is an easy meal to make at home, allowing your family to taste the flavors of eastern Europe.

This Croatian Chicken Mushroom Pepper Skillet is so wonderful, because of its simplicity.

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It is made of chicken thighs and vegetables cooked in butter, with garlic, thyme, and smoked paprika. The smoked paprika is a key element, so make sure to grab it at the market.

Once sautéed, you can serve this Croatian Chicken Mushroom Pepper Skillet as-is for a low carb meal, or enjoy it Croatian-style, piled on fluffy bread.

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In Croatia, lepinja bread is used for such dishes. It’s a type of thick soft pita, or flatbread, with big airy bubbles and lots of yeasty appeal.

If you can buy a similar style of bread at a european (or middle eastern) market in your area, go with that. Otherwise, I find soft porous ciabatta rolls are the next best thing.

Dinner Tonight: Croatian Chicken Mushroom Pepper Skillet Recipe

Our copycat Croatian Chicken Mushroom Pepper Skillet is so delightful, you might find yourself enjoying the flavors of Croatia every week!

Croatian Chicken Mushroom Pepper Skillet Recipe
5 from 4 votes

Croatian Chicken Mushroom Pepper Skillet

Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Croatian Chicken Mushroom Pepper Skillet Recipe - A simple sautéed chicken thighs and vegetable dish we enjoyed in Croatia, that can be served in a sandwich, or on its own as a low carb meal!
Servings: 6 Servings
Nutrition Facts
Croatian Chicken Mushroom Pepper Skillet
Amount Per Serving (0.75 cup)
Calories 317 Calories from Fat 148
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16.4g 25%
Saturated Fat 7.2g 36%
Cholesterol 121mg 40%
Sodium 738mg 31%
Total Carbohydrates 7.1g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1.6g 6%
Sugars 3.5g
Protein 34.9g 70%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • 1 ½ pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 bell peppers, seeded and roughly chopped (any color)
  • 1 red onion, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 8 ounces button mushrooms, quartered
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves (1 teaspoon dried)
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and Pepper


  1. Place a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, char the bell peppers in a dry skillet, until lightly blistered. Remove the peppers and set aside.
  2. Add the butter, onions, and garlic to the skillet. Sauté for 2-3 minutes, then push onions to the side of the pan.
  3. Add the chicken, mushrooms, thyme, smoked paprika, 1 ½ teaspoons salt, and ½ teaspoon ground black pepper. Sauté, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through, about 6-8 minutes.
  4. Toss the blistered peppers back into the skillet. Cook another 2 minutes. Taste, then salt and pepper as needed.
  5. Serve as-is, or on soft bubbly bread rolls, just like in Croatia. (I find soft ciabatta buns are the closest thing to Croatian sandwich bread, found in the US.)

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Recipe Notes

Nutritional facts calculated without sandwich rolls.

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11 comments on “Croatian Chicken Mushroom Pepper Skillet

  1. Spencer Groveposted December 3, 2018 at 6:43 pm Reply

    I went by the recipe.
    Couldn’t taste the chicken or peppers.
    Mushrooms were the only thing I could taste besides the spices. 

  2. DebSposted December 2, 2018 at 8:06 pm Reply

    Delicious and very easy to make.  Will definitely be making this again!

    Rating: 5
  3. Jaye Procureposted June 15, 2018 at 10:21 am Reply

    We spent three months in the Balkans. The food was divine! I am glad to see this here.

  4. Mauraposted March 12, 2018 at 6:32 pm Reply

    I have made this receipe few times and it is delicious, by the way I am Croatian but I never had it there.

    Rating: 5
  5. LeeAnnposted February 14, 2018 at 6:35 pm Reply

    What a simple, nutritious and delicious recipe! My family loves it and I have made it twice already! It is definitely a keeper! Thank you :) 

    Rating: 5
  6. Kathyposted November 24, 2017 at 7:45 pm Reply

    Just made this for dinner. We had it with pita bread. Delicits and so easy to make. A definite keeper

  7. Sharonposted November 17, 2017 at 11:33 pm Reply

    Looks delicious. I will serve with noodles…might also try with shrimp sometime.

    • Monica Jonesposted December 24, 2017 at 6:54 am Reply

      I made this with shrimp and served over rice. It was veryy good

  8. Kathleen Millerposted November 5, 2017 at 2:11 pm Reply

    This was sooooo good. I sent the recipe to my brother who is always looking for good chicken recipes and (who loves to cook). He made it right away, even before I did, and emailed me back … HIS comment … “OMG … This is a KEEPER !!! He also told me to make SURE I used SMOKED paprika … the entire house smelled GREAT. Admittedly, I was a bit timid using the smoked paprika since I had never used it before, and the recipe would definitely have been tastier if I had totally followed directions. But, my brother is right … THIS ONE IS A KEEPER !!!!

    Rating: 5
    • Sommerposted November 6, 2017 at 8:30 am Reply

      YAY!!! I’m SO glad you both liked it Kathleen. Thanks so much for reporting back! :)

  9. Agness of Run Agness Runposted October 23, 2017 at 7:07 am Reply

    This would be my new favorite lunch recipe. I’ve never tried a Croatian dish so I am very inspired to try it. Is this a traditional Croatian dish?