Spanish Paella (with Chicken and Seafood)

Total Time
Prep 12 mins
Cook 45 mins

A wonderful Spanish Paella that's very easy to make and the presentation is great as well. You'll need a very large skillet or a paella pan. The clams are optional, but I would recommend using them.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat 3 tbsp oil in large skillet on medium high heat.
  2. Add chicken pieces and fry 3 to 4 minutes per side until golden.
  3. Remove from skillet and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Add onions and peppers to skillet.
  5. Sauté 2 minutes.
  6. Stir in garlic, paprika and thyme.
  7. Sauté 1 minute and add shrimp.
  8. Sauté until shrimp turn pink.
  9. Add 1 Tbsp oil if needed.
  10. Sprinkle rice into pan.
  11. Sauté, stirring frequently 2 to 3 minutes or until coated with oil.
  12. Stir in tomatoes.
  13. Season well.
  14. Combine stock and saffron and stir into rice mixture.
  15. Bring to boil.
  16. Boil for about 2 minutes, reduce heat to medium.
  17. Return chicken and push down into rice.
  18. Cook uncovered for 15 minutes.
  19. Stock should be bubbling.
  20. Stir rice around and add shrimp, lima beans, red peppers and clams.
  21. Cook for 10 minutes longer.
  22. Remove from heat and cover for 10 minutes.
  23. To serve, sprinkle with parsley and garnish with lemon wedges and green onions.
Most Helpful

Excellent. Very flavorful, and good directions. I added chunks of spicey cajun sausage (precooked) at the same time I cooked the shrimp, and substituted peas for the lima beans (lima beans are evil)

Lightly Toasted September 24, 2006

Well, my husband used to live in Spain and to be making a Spanish paella was a bit risky....he is also very picky in food and won't eat at the fear of a knife if he doesn't like it. Well......i didn't adjust the proportions so cooked for 6 people instead of two.....half of it was gone in one go:) To see my slim husband going for 2nd and 3rd portion made me laugh:) i guess it's that good!

sofya_thecook May 16, 2013

Pretty darn good- but missing a little something. But then again, I've only had paella in resturants- I've never made it. So maybe it's just missing lots of calories?? LOL. One thing about the recipe- it is missing a step! I cooked the shrimp like it says in step 7 and 8- but I left them in until I saw that in step 20 it says to add the shrimp! So at some point they were suppose to be taken out. I took them out as soon as I saw this- but it was too late, they were overcooked. Changes made: I used regular long grain white rice- which turned out perfect with the times used (and not dry) and I used peas instead of lima beans and mussels instead of clams.

kda949 September 21, 2009