Spanish-Style Paella

Nourishing, flavorful, and absolutely incredible! This one pan Spanish-Style Paella is loaded with fresh vegetables and meats, making it one of the absolute best and healthiest rice dishes around!

cast iron skillet filled with paella with a white napkin wrapped around the handle on a marble board with parsley leaves and lemon slices

So, we just got back from the 2018 Epcot Food & Wine Festival!

This is literally one of our favorite festivals that Disney does. I always come home feeling inspired to make so many different dishes!

This time was no exception. We got to try so many different and new dishes this trip and we loved it all! There’s really nothing like trying a dish for the very first time and absolutely falling in love.

Disney’s Paella was just that for me. I adored the simple but also complex flavor inside this Spanish rice dish. I mean, really. What’s not to love? Rice, vegetables, meat, and a few spices cooked to utter perfection.

I had to try and make my own!

a cast iron skillet filled with paella on a marble board with lemon wedges

And guess what?

I did!

It. is. so. GOOD!

This paella recipe is no where near traditional. We used what we had. Shrimp, chorizo, chicken, bell pepper, peas, tomatoes…

Guys, seriously. I can’t get enough. This makes for an amazing dinner or lunch. It’s a well rounded meal and it just tastes amazing. I couldn’t be happier to be sharing this recipe with you.

What is paella?

Now, I’ve gotten this question a few times when I’ve been asking people to try this.

A paella is simply a rice dish that originated in or around Valencia, Spain. It has changed and adapted over the years, and there are as many different versions of paella as there are people that cook them!

cast iron skillet with paella on a marble board with parsley and lemon slices

How to make spanish-style paella

First of all, let me say, I don’t own a paella pan. I do, however, own a ginormous cast iron skillet! I’m not kidding. This thing takes up two burners but it works remarkably well for this dish.

Here we go. Gather all your ingredients. Roast the red bell pepper. You can do that on the grill, over the open flame of a gas stove, or in the oven. Let it cool before you seed and chop it. While the pepper is cooling, go on and prep the rest of your ingredients.

bowls of chicken, chorizo, onion, tomatoes, shrimp, spices, peas, rice, bell pepper, garlic, white wine, and chicken broth

Heat a little olive oil in your paella pan (or cast iron skillet) over medium heat until shimmering. Add the roasted pepper, onion, and garlic to the pan.

Sauté until onion is translucent. Stir in the tomatoes, chicken, and chorizo. Add the white wine, and let it cook until it starts to reduce.

Then add the chicken stock, rice, saffron, paprika, and peas. When it starts to reduce, add the shrimp. Let it cook a couple of minutes before stirring in the parsley and seasoning it to your taste with salt.

Serve and enjoy!

paella in a cast iron skillet with forks, parsley, and lemon slices on a marble board

Expert tips

  • Use a short-grain rice, such as Valencia.
  • Don’t use cooking wine! Use something you like the taste of, but stay away from heavier whites like chardonnay.
  • If you don’t want to take the time to cook a chicken, pick up a roasted one at the grocery store. It works just as well!
  • If the rice sticks to the bottom of the pan toward the end of cooking, that’s okay! That’s actually what you want it to do. Let it brown a little. Just don’t blacken it!

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cast iron skillet filled with paella with a white napkin wrapped around the handle on a marble board with parsley leaves and lemon slices

Spanish-Style Paella

Traci
There are very few dishes that are as comforting and flavorful as this Spanish-Style Paella! It makes for an easy, healthy lunch or dinner.
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Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Servings 8 servings
Calories 615 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 3 cups chopped onion
  • 2 Tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 whole chicken cooked and chopped
  • 1 pound chorizo sliced
  • 2 cups chopped tomatoes
  • ¾ cup light white wine
  • 3 cups [chicken stock]
  • 2 cups Valencia rice
  • 1 teaspoon saffron
  • 1 ½ teaspoons paprika
  • ½ cup green peas
  • 8 ounces shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1 handful fresh parsley chopped
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  • Roast red bell pepper. Cool. Seed and chop.
  • Sauté roasted bell pepper, onions, and garlic. Cook until onion is translucent, about 4-5 minutes.
  • Add chicken, chorizo, and tomatoes. Cook 4-6 minutes.
  • Stir in white wine and cook for an additional 5 minutes, until the wine starts to reduce.
  • Add chicken stock, rice, saffron, paprika, and peas. Stir to combine. Cook until liquid starts to reduce, about 5-6 minutes.
  • Stir in shrimp.
  • Add parsley and salt.
  • Cook until liquid is absorbed.
  • Serve.

Notes

  • Use a short-grain rice, such as Valencia.
  • Don't use cooking wine! Use something you like the taste of, but stay away from heavier whites like chardonnay.
  • If you don't want to take the time to cook a chicken, pick up a roasted one at the grocery store. It works just as well!
  • If the rice sticks to the bottom of the pan toward the end of cooking, that's okay! That's actually what you want it to do. Let it brown a little. Just don't blacken it!

Nutrition

Serving: 1Calories: 615kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 46gFat: 34gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 178mgSodium: 1242mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5g

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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