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Chicken Paella Recipe

Chicken Paella Recipe

Turmeric lends flavor and a pretty golden color to this Spanish-style entree from our Test Kitchen. Haven’t tried Arborio rice? You’ll love its creamy texture.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 45 min. YIELD:2 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken thighs (about 1/2 pound), cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup julienned sweet red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup uncooked arborio rice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup frozen peas, thawed

Directions

  • 1. In a large skillet, saute the chicken, ham, onion and red pepper in 2 teaspoons oil until chicken is browned on all sides. Remove with a slotted spoon.
  • 2. In the same skillet, saute rice in remaining oil until lightly browned. Stir in the turmeric, cumin, garlic and salt. Return meat and vegetables to pan; toss lightly. Add broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; cover and simmer for 30-35 minutes or until rice is tender. Stir in peas. Yield: 2 servings.

Reviews for Chicken Paella

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MY REVIEW
puddincake
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2016

"This recipe is missing something -- very dry and needs more favor perhaps with tomato sauce. I used arborio rice and had doubled the recipe to make 4 servings."

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mrsnelson1530
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2013

"Pretty good easy to make"

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s_pants
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2012

"I cooked it in a non-stick pan for 35 minutes and it got burned on the bottom. So definitely check after 30 minutes."

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Mandisa
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2011

"Really good recipe. I used leftover ham and chicken, so it had a hint of maple and cloves. I also used generic medium grain rice instead of the expensive arborio rice but it came out delicious nonetheless."

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conshanty
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2009

"My son needed me to make a "Spanish" recipe for his Spanish class to sample. He chose a chicken paella recipe from a Spanish site online, but some of the measurements were for "bowls". Since I was unsure what amount a "bowl" was, I searched Taste of Home and found this recipe. The ingredients were pretty similar, but I was happy that the TOH recipe called for turmeric instead of saffron, which is very expensive. I don't know how the taste compares, but turmeric at least gives the yellow color of saffron. I doubled this recipe for the class, and it was a hit. Lots of comopliments, and my son's best friend requested that I make it next time he comes over. Very tasty, and I will make again for our family."

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clm8203
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2009

"My husband and I both really like this dish. We have subbed in shrimp for chicken which was good too. One note, if you are a cooking novice like me--make sure to stir during the 30 minute simmer. I burned the first batch really well!"

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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.