Sizzling Spanish Symphony: Spanish Chicken Paella


Embark on a flavorful journey to Spain with the Sizzling Spanish Symphony: Spanish Chicken Paella. This iconic dish is a symphony of rich flavors and textures, featuring tender chicken, aromatic saffron-infused rice, and a variety of vibrant vegetables. Each bite is a celebration of traditional Spanish cuisine, promising a delightful and satisfying culinary experience.

Sizzling Spanish Symphony: Spanish Chicken Paella

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 6 people
  • Serving Size: A hearty portion per person

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 450 kcal
  • Protein: 25g
  • Carbohydrates: 55g
  • Fat: 15g
  • Sodium: 780mg
  • Cholesterol: 75mg



  • 600g (1.32 lbs or 21.16 oz) chicken thighs, cut into pieces

Paella Base

  • 300g (10.58 oz) short-grain paella rice
  • 1 liter (34 oz) chicken broth
  • A pinch of saffron threads
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tomatoes, grated
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 150g (5.29 oz) green beans, trimmed
  • 100g (3.53 oz) peas
  • Olive oil
  • Salt to taste


  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • Pepper to taste


  • Lemon wedges
  • Chopped parsley

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Sauté Chicken: In a paella pan, heat olive oil and brown the chicken pieces. Remove and set aside.
  2. Cook Vegetables: In the same pan, sauté onion, garlic, and bell pepper until soft.
  3. Prepare Rice: Add rice, grated tomatoes, and smoked paprika, stirring to coat the rice.
  4. Simmer: Return chicken to the pan, add saffron to the broth, and pour over the rice. Add green beans and peas. Simmer for 25-30 minutes without stirring.
  5. Rest and Serve: Let the paella rest for a few minutes. Garnish with lemon wedges and parsley.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Saffron Quality: Use high-quality saffron for authentic flavor.
  • Socarrat: For the coveted crispy bottom layer, increase the heat in the last few minutes of cooking.
  • Do Not Stir: Allow the rice to cook undisturbed for the perfect texture.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I add seafood to this paella?

Absolutely! You can add shrimp, mussels, or clams for a mixed paella.

What rice should I use if I can't find paella rice?

Arborio rice is a good substitute.

How do I know when the paella is done?

The rice should be tender, and the liquid absorbed.