Spanish-Valencia Paella

Paella is a traditional or rather the national dish of Spain. It is a rice dish, which has its origins in coastal Albufera lagoon in Valencia, east coats of Spain.

This authentic paella dish is made with rice, chorizo sausage, marinated chicken breast pieces & shrimps. Cooked with nice spices and then layered on a serving plate, enjoy!

Step-by-Step Easy & Quick Recipe –

Prep Time           Cook Time        Total Time            Yields

30 mins                 30 mins             1 hour              4 Servings


Chicken breast – 4 (boneless, skinless & cut into 2-inch pieces)

Rice – 1 cup

Onion – 1 (chopped)

Red bell pepper – 1 (coarsely chopped)

Peas -½ cup (frozen, thawed)

Lemon – 1 (zested)

Garlic cloves – 2 (minced)

Parsley – ¼ cup

Sausage (chorizo) – ½ pound (without casting & crumbled)

Shrimp – ½ pound (peeled & deveined)

Olive oil – 3 tablespoons

Chicken stock – 2 cups

Bay leaf – 1

Saffron threads – 5-6

Salt per taste

Ground black pepper

Red pepper flakes – ½ teaspoon (crushed)

Paprika – ½ tablespoon

Dried oregano – 1 teaspoon


  • In a mixing bowl, add 1-tablespoon olive oil, salt, pepper, paprika and oregano, mix well and add chicken pieces. Coat the chicken properly, cover and refrigerate.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet or pan or paella pan and further add pepper flakes and rice. Stir and cook for 3 minutes for the rice to be coated well. Now add bay leaf, parsley, saffron threads and chicken stock. Bring it to a boil and then on medium heat simmer for about 20-25 minutes till rice is well cooked. When the rice is nearly done, add the thawed peas.
  • In a separate pan heat 1 tablespoon olive oil and add the coated & marinated chicken with onions, cook on medium heat for 5-6 minutes, now add bell pepper & sausages. Cook for another 5-6 minutes and then add shrimps, keep turning shrimps so they are well cooked on both sides and turn pink.
  • Transfer and spread the cooked rice on a serving platter and top it up with a layer of cooked chicken, sausages and shrimps.

Note: You can use Arborio (risotto) rice instead of long grain rice per choice. Delicious Paella is ready, serve and savor the taste of authentic Spanish Valencia Paella, Bon Apatite!

Happy Cooking!!

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