Spanish Paella

Spanish Paella

I have no doubts whatsoever that you'll be able to prepare delectable meals using basic ingredients. This popular saffron-flavored rice dish is a traditional Spanish dish that can be made with any type of meat. My go-to combination is chicken and seafood, so today's version includes chicken and shrimp. 

Any sizable skillet or pot will do; you don't even need a special pan for it to cook, and it's actually quite simple to prepare. So let's dive into all the details of how to make this delicious dish.


  • 2 chicken breasts medium (If chicken breast is not available, feel free to substitute any other part of chicken).
  • 1/4 onion small
  • 10 grape tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp EVOO olive oil. For this recipe, I used roasted garlic extra virgin olive oil and a little bit of habanero garlic extra virgin olive oil. to add more spice to my dish. 
  • 2 cups dry rice
  • saffron threads about 10 threads. (To extract the color and flavor of the saffron and make sure it is distributed evenly throughout the dish, steep the threads in 3 tablespoons of warm water for 20 minutes before adding them to the dish).
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 lb cooked medium shrimp deveined, tail-off, thawed
  • salt/pepper
  • 1 lemon
  • Cut the chicken into cubes.
  • Chop the onion and grape tomatoes.
  • Cook the onion and chicken in the oil over medium-high heat in a skillet for about 5 minutes.
  • Place a cover over the skillet for about 3 minutes to keep chicken from drying out.
  • Add in the dry rice, crushed saffron threads, paprika, parsley, red chili powder, garlic, and turmeric. 
  • Stir for about 3 minutes.
  • Add in the broth and bring to a boil for 5 minutes.
  • Cover and allow to simmer for 30 minutes (or until rice is soft).
  • Add in the shrimp and tomatoes.
  • Cook for another 3 - 5 minutes (or until shrimp is hot).
  • Serve with fresh lemon slices and a squeeze of lemon juice!

 Bon Appétit!

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