Chicken & chorizo paella in a paella pan

Chicken & chorizo paella

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(126 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 40 mins


Serves 4

Try swapping traditional seafood paella for a chicken and chorizo version -  a hearty family supper for four

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal563
  • fat16g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs62g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre7g
  • protein38g
  • salt1.9g
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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  • 2 chicken breasts fillets, cut into chunks
  • 2 small onions, finely sliced



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  • 1 fat garlic clove, crushed
  • 140g cooking chorizo, sliced



    A coarsely textured, spiced pork sausage widely used in Spanish and Mexican cooking. It is made…

  • 1 tsp turmeric



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  • pinch of saffron



    The stigma of a type of crocus, saffron threads have a pungent and distinctive aroma and flavour…

  • 1 tsp paprika



    A spice that's central to Hungarian cuisine, paprika is made by drying a particular type of…

  • 300g paella rice
  • 850ml hot chicken or vegetable stock



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  • 200g frozen peas



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  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges, to serve



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  • ½ small pack parsley, finely chopped, to serve



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  1. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a deep frying pan over a high heat.

  2. Add 2 chicken breast fillets, cut into chunks, and brown all over – don’t cook completely. Once browned, transfer to a plate.

  3. Reduce the heat to low, add 2 finely sliced small onions and cook slowly until softened, about 10 mins.

  4. Add 1 crushed fat garlic clove, stir for 1 min, then toss in 140g sliced cooking chorizo and fry until it releases its oils.

  5. Stir in 1 tsp turmeric, a pinch of saffron and 1 tsp paprika, then tip in 300g paella rice. Stir to coat the rice in the oils and spices for about 2 mins, then pour in 850ml hot chicken or vegetable stock.

  6. Bring to the boil, return the chicken to the pan and simmer for about 20 mins, stirring occasionally.

  7. Add 200g frozen peas to the pan and simmer for a further 5 mins until the rice is cooked and the chicken is tender.

  8. Season well and serve with the 1 lemon, cut into wedges, and ½ small pack finely chopped parsley.

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7th Feb, 2020
So delicious. I took advice from the other comments and used more garlic (3 cloves), paprika (3tsp), turmeric (2tsp) and around a litre of stock. This is the tastiest dish I've made myself in a long time. Thank you so much for the recipe Chelsie Collins.
6th Jul, 2019
really tasty dish. I used chicken thighs instead of breast. Upped the amount of chorizo, turmeric, garlic, saffron &n used a mix of smoked/hot/normal paprika. I used 400g paella rice and added a glass of white wine before adding the stock , 1000ml chicken stock and after the 20 mins simmering added a pack of mixed seafood, some chopped tomatoes and 400ml chicken stock. easily served 6, would defo make again but it takes a while.
13th Jun, 2019
Very quick and easy. Added more stock and about 1 or 2 teaspoons more of paprika as I found the taste a bit mild
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11th Jun, 2019
This was lovely and so tasty. Needs a little more stock in my opinion, but that's a minor thing. I added about half a bag of frozen king prawns too. We will definitely have this again :)
24th May, 2019
Made this last week and it’s delicious! OH raved about it and said it’s the best paella he’s had, considering we live in Spain that’s a real compliment! Added extra garlic, small red pepper chopped & a very small red chilli. Cheated a bit & added Caldo (ready made sauce/liquid for paella). Plus tsp paprika.
Baker girl j
12th May, 2019
Made this last night it was delicious !!! I added a bit more garlic & I cooked chorizo out for about 7-8 mins & added a splash of dry sherry just before putting stock in also I put about half a teaspoon of lazy chilli to give an extra wee kick !! Didn’t stir it too much then added raw prawns along with peas at end. Didn’t need to season at all as the depth of flavour was there , left out parsley too as we are not too keen Simply delicious , will be making this on a regular basis now !
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13th Mar, 2019
I found this was a really easy and tasty dish, though I made a few changes: instead of paella rice I used arborio risotto rice, I used regular sliced chorizo, added cooked prawns and left out saffron and parsley. My only complaint is in future I will use half the amount of peas they recommend.
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7th Mar, 2019
Super easy for a rather impressive and tasty meal. I too had to add a little more water, maybe 100/150ml. Definitely making again.
13th Oct, 2018
This is good. In my opinion you shouldn't be afraid to use more garlic (possibly depending on what chorizo you use) , and maybe add some chilli flake to it. It needs to be seasoned very heavily otherwise and if you're concerned about the old ticker, then you need to find other ways to produce depth of flavour rather than just adding salt. The lemon juice really lifts it. I'm not really a fan of parsley so I used coriander. Try not to stir too much to prevent the rice from releasing too much starch and going too sticky. Will make again for sure.
3rd Sep, 2018
Made this at the weekend as part of a Spanish tapas dinner. It was very tasty, everyone commented on how good it was. I will definitely be making it again but next time will leave the chorizo for a little longer to crisp up and release more oil. Timings and measurements were all spot on and once everything was in the pan simmering, it needed very little attention. Highly recommended.


LaineyQ78's picture
5th Mar, 2016
Can anyone tell me if it is safe to reheat leftovers?
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Ator Navas
30th Apr, 2019
Just to let the people know, the original paella doesn´t have chorizo on it ;) you can check it here if you are interested
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