Chicken & chorizo rice pot

Chicken & chorizo rice pot

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr, 20 mins


Serves 4

A one-pot chicken casserole for sharing, flavoured with Spanish sausage and slow-cooked with rice - an alternative paella

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal834
  • fat21g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs90g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre4g
  • protein63g
  • salt1.7g
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  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 8 chicken pieces or 1 whole chicken, jointed



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  • 1 large onion, chopped



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  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and chopped into large chunks
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 225g chorizo, skinned and sliced



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  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 tbsp thyme leaf, chopped
  • 150ml white wine
  • 850ml chicken stock
  • 400g long grain rice
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley



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  1. Heat the oil in a large flameproof casserole dish and brown the chicken pieces on all sides – you may have to do this in batches. Remove from the dish and put to one side.

  2. Lower the heat, add the onion and pepper, and gently cook for 10 mins until softened. Add the garlic and chorizo, and cook for a further 2 mins until the chorizo has released some of its oils into the dish. Stir in the tomato purée and cook for 1 min more.

  3. Return the chicken pieces to the dish along with the thyme, white wine and stock. Bring the liquid to a boil, cover the dish with a tight-fitting lid and lower the heat. Cook for 30 mins.

  4. Tip in the rice and stir everything together. Cover, set over a low heat and cook for a further 15 mins, or until the rice is cooked and has absorbed most of the cooking liquid. Remove from the heat and leave the dish to sit for 10 mins to absorb any remaining liquid. Season to taste and scatter with parsley to serve.

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7th May, 2020
Made this and it was delicious!! I added extra vegetables. I used cheap value rice but rinsed it first. (The only bad thing was I found it didn’t freeze well as the rice wasn’t such a nice texture when defrosted...but it might work better if you use better quality rice!)
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Robert Joseph Yusay
20th Apr, 2020
Hi! Made this today and it was delicious. Flavors were spot on. It is easy to follow and easy to prepare. One question though, when putting the rice for 15 minutes, do you stir it or just leave it there? The bottom part of the rice got slightly burned. Thanks!
17th Feb, 2018
More than the sum of its parts. Really tasty and good one to do for guests. I also added a couple of teaspoons of smoked paprika. Will definitely make this again.
29th Jan, 2018
This serves 5 of us comfortably but use 2 chicken thighs each. I add an extra pepper and some peas. Whole family like and sometimes make extra to fill school lunch boxes
7th Aug, 2017
Really tasty and worth the effort. Makes loads! Could add some veg for nutrition.
30th Jan, 2017
I love this recipe. Takes a bitta time but is really easy and definitely worth it. Only reason I'm docking it a star is because I think the veg portion is too low. I put 2 onions and 2 peppers in and even that wasnt enough. Next time I'll double it again.
22nd Jan, 2017
I've just made this today. So easy and very tasty. I used basmati and wild rice. Next time, I'll add some saffron too just because I love it!
13th Dec, 2016
LOVE this recipe
21st Nov, 2016
Lovely, really, really lovely meal. Easy to do and very more-ish! I didn't use any wine, I added in a courgette because it was in the fridge, used a cheap chicken thigh/legs pack, and only 300g rice. There's *plenty* left over for my lunch today and some!
8th Nov, 2016
This is so tasty. Used chicken fillets instead of thigh. Just as good. Don't forget to season as you go. Delicious.


1st Sep, 2019
Has anybody tried this in a slow cooker? Is it possible?? Would be interested to hear about it!
13th Jun, 2018
Has anyone finished this in a slow cooker please?
23rd Jan, 2017
Hello, I do hope these questions are answered. I am a novice cook - for freezing, can we freeze the dish at the end of step 4? What instructions would you give for reheating?
6th Sep, 2016
Could this be made a day in advance? Don't want to freeze it but would like to have it prepared the day before so I can just reheat it (thoroughly of course!). Do you think that would be ok?
26th Oct, 2014
Any suggestions for how to cook this using chicken breasts instead of thighs would be most appreciated (family not keen on bones!). Many thanks in advance.......
26th Jun, 2015
Use boneless chicken thighs, I did, I hate picking around bones also.
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