Chicken and chorizo one pot paella

Thursday, 5 July 2018
Chicken and chorizo one pot paella

 This is a beautiful dish, something you’d usually have out at restaurants and think to yourself “this is delicious, but surely this is complicated to make.” Well you can now cast those doubts aside as all it takes is less than hour of your time to make this simple Spanish dish!  


Home-made chicken and chorizo one pot paella

Traditionally paella contains seafood and is made from bomba rice however, since seafood can be expensive and bomba rice is hard to find I’ve included chicken and chorizo with Arborio rice for a cheap and convenient alternative. For further convenience I’ve also used frozen onion, carrot, peas, corn and capsicum to save time money and minimize waste.


But wait… aren’t fresh vegetables better for you and don’t frozen vegetables lose their nutrients?


In terms of nutrition, frozen vegetables aren’t worse for you. Ideally, picking vegetables fresh from your own vegetable garden and eating them is best as they’ll be the best tasting and the most nutritious option. However, since frozen vegetables are snapped frozen soon after picking the vitamins and minerals are sealed in there. Some fresh vegetables slowly make their way to the supermarket shelves once harvested and then sit there until bought and can be weeks old by the time they’re consumed and will slowly lose their nutritional content.


One of the main reasons to eat vegetables is the fibre content which helps with satiety (feeling full), normalize bowel movements and control blood sugar levels. When vegetables are frozen their fibre content does not deteriorate easily so fresh and frozen have similar amounts of fibre.



  • 4 x chicken thigh
  • 2 x chorizo sausage
  • 2 cups brown onion, diced (frozen)
  • 3 cups peas, corn and capsicum mix (frozen)
  • 2 cups chopped carrot (frozen)
  • 2 ½ cups Arborio rice
  • 750ml water
  • 1 chicken stock cube (reduced salt)
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ¾ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp chili flakes
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp saffron imitation


easy healthy paella recipe


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  •  Roughly chop chicken thighs and chorizo
  • Heat olive oil in a large pan on medium heat
  •  Add onion, smoked paprika, chili flakes and garlic and cook until soft
  • Add chicken and chorizo into the pan and cook until brown on all sides
  • Add tomato paste and crush chicken stock cube into the pan, mix and allow stock to dissolve into the liquid
  • Add the uncooked rice to the pan, this allows it to absorb all the juices and flavour which will take roughly 3-5 minutes, then add the water and stir
  • Add the peas, corn and capsicum and carrot into the pan and stir
  • Lastly add the pepper and saffron imitation and stir, the saffron imitation will give the paella its distinctive vibrant yellow colour
  • Reduce the pan to a low heat and cover and cook for 15-20 minutes, the paella will be ready to serve once all the water is absorbed


Prep time: 15 minutes. Cooking time: 35 minutes. Serves 5-7 people


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