Spanish Paella Recipe – Spanish Special

You can make a delicious, authentic Paella–the most popular dish of Spain–in your own kitchen with simple ingredients like rice, saffron, vegetables, chicken, and seafood.

  • Prep Time30 min
  • Cook Time30 min
  • Total Time1 hr

Spanish Paella Ingredients :

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon ground paprika
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups uncooked short-grain white rice
  • 1 pinch saffron threads
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • ½ bunch Italian flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 2 medium lemons, zested
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium Spanish onion, chopped
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 pound chorizo sausage, casings removed and crumbled

How To Make Spanish Paella


Mix olive oil, paprika, oregano, salt, and pepper for marinade in a glass bowl.


Begin paella: Add chicken and stir to coat. Cover and refrigerate until needed.


Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet or paella pan over medium heat. Stir in garlic and pepper flakes, then stir in rice. Cook and stir until rice is coated with oil, about 3 minutes.


Add saffron threads, bay leaf, parsley, chicken stock, and lemon zest. Stir until well combined and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.


While the rice is cooking, heat olive oil in a separate skillet over medium heat. Stir in marinated chicken and cook for 3 minutes. Add onion and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.


Add bell pepper and sausage; cook and stir, breaking sausage up with a spatula, for 5 minutes. Add shrimp; cook and stir until shrimp are bright pink on the outside and the meat is opaque, about 2 minutes.


Spread rice mixture onto a serving tray. Top with meat and seafood mixture.