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Hearty Paella Recipe
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Hearty Paella Recipe

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I had paella for the first time in Spain. And it was so good, I've been on the quest to re-create the rich flavors of that dish ever since. We love the shrimp, chicken, veggie and olives in this easy make-at-home version.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2-1/4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon saffron threads
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3/4 cup frozen peas
  • 12 pimiento-stuffed olives
  • 1 medium lemon, cut into six wedges

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups equals 367 calories, 8 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 144 mg cholesterol, 778 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 37 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.

Directions

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook chicken in oil until no longer pink. Remove and keep warm. Add rice and onion to the pan; cook until rice is lightly browned and onion is tender, stirring frequently. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  2. Stir in the broth, tomatoes, oregano, paprika, salt, pepper, saffron and turmeric. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook for 10 minutes.
  3. Add the shrimp, peas and olives. Cover and cook 10 minutes longer or until rice is tender, shrimp turn pink and liquid is absorbed. Add chicken; heat through. Serve with lemon wedges. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Hearty Paella in Healthy Cooking February/March 2012, p37

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups equals 367 calories, 8 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 144 mg cholesterol, 778 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 37 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed May. 21, 2014

I don't have any idea what "real" paella in Spain tastes like, but this was certainly good! The saffron is so expensive but worth it to get that yummy flavor. Loved the olives and lemon--made it taste very Mediterranean. The fam really enjoyed this--will make again.

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Reviewed Sep. 7, 2013

A wonderful combination of flavors.

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2012

just ok

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Reviewed Mar. 1, 2012

This was very good. My entire family loved it! Now I can't wait to try other Paella Recipes.

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Reviewed Feb. 24, 2012

My husband LOVES this dish. He would eat it every night if he could. The flavour is awesome and it's delicious with the lemon added. Great job!

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