Paella served in a casserole dish

Paella in the oven

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(30 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 45 mins


Makes 4 easily halved or doubled

Try this foolproof way of cooking paella in the oven. You can adapt it according to what you have in the fridge – in this case, chicken, chorizo and prawns

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal642
  • fat25g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs68g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre6g
  • protein34g
  • salt2.8g
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  • 400g can chopped tomatoes



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 600ml chicken stock
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • good pinch of saffron



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

  • 1 onion, chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 garlic clove, crushed or finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 300g paella rice
  • 4 chicken thighs (skin on or boneless), cut in half
  • 200g chorizo, sliced



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

  • 150g raw king prawns, leave the shell on a few if you prefer
  • good handful of frozen peas



    A type of legume, peas grow inside long, plump pods. As is the case with all types of legume,…

  • 1 lemon, quartered (optional)



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…


  1. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 8. Put the chopped tomatoes (including their juice), stock, paprika and saffron in a large heatproof jug or bowl and microwave for about 5 mins on high until steaming hot.

  2. Tip the onion and garlic into a generous roasting tin or ovenproof dish, drizzle over the oil and mix to coat. Cook in the oven for 20 mins until beginning to brown.

  3. Stir in the rice, chicken, chorizo and hot stock mixture, season well and return to the oven for 20 mins (don’t cover).

  4. Stir in the peeled prawns and peas, dot any shell-on prawns on top, and return to the oven for 5-10 mins until the rice, chicken and prawns are cooked through. If serving with lemon, a nice touch is to pop the lemon slices on top of the paella for the last 5 mins of cooking, to make them hot and juicy. Check the seasoning and serve at once.

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tillyfloss80's picture
1st Dec, 2019
Turned out perfectly. Very easy to do and rather tasty, empty plates all round. Looking forward to playing around with this recipe.
mrsliz's picture
21st Apr, 2019
I made this as part of a Spanish themed dinner for family. I fried the onions and garlic off in olive oil in the pan before adding the chorizo and chicken and smoked paprika. Once the chicken was sealed, I added the rice, stock, tomatoes and saffron and transferred it to the oven - it took around 40 minutes at 200c (fan) and was completely delicious. I didn't add the prawns as someone had an allergy but it was lovely without them. I would definitely make this again.
24th Mar, 2019
Rice wasn't cooked.
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Kate G
3rd May, 2018
Excellent and very tasty, we don't like chorizo so didn't add that but we did add sliced peppers at the onion stage
19th Feb, 2018
It may not be the most authentic method, but it is tasty and couldn't be easier. Great for a quick-ish weeknight dinner.
12th Feb, 2018
Absolutely delicious! My husband and I adore paella but often don’t have the time to stand and stir. This was as good as the real thing. Making it tonight for the 3rd time in as many weeks!
hazine124's picture
4th Feb, 2018
Easy and delicious. It's not an authentically made paella but it's not pretending to be. It is however an excellent easy version and I expect it to become a dish we make often. And it had a crust at the edges!
26th Jan, 2018
I'm sure as a meal this is very nice but I'd be left a little disappointed if I was expecting a paella and got this. An authentic paella is a meal of pure joy. It needs the soccarat to complete it.
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Anna Lamont
28th Apr, 2019
Made 3 times, and refined each time: 1) cook the chorizo with the onion and garlic in the oven to release its flavour properly. 2) Add the rice to the stock mix BEFORE microwaving it, this starts cooking the rice earlier and means it's actually done in time otherwise the rice takes a lot longer to cook. 3) There's no point microwaving the stock mix until about 15mins of cooking the chorizo, onion and garlic mix. 4) Personal taste add about 4 cloves garlic, not just the one.
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Luke Smallwood
3rd Dec, 2018
Don’t do this! Took about an hour and a half and the rice still wasn’t done! I’m grumpy now!
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