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Chicken Paella

Turmeric lends flavor and a pretty golden color to this Spanish-style entree. Haven’t tried arborio rice? You’ll love its creamy texture.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 45 min.
  • Makes
    2 servings


  • 2 boneless skinless chicken thighs (about 1/2 pound), cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 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


  • 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.
  • In the same skillet, saute rice in remaining 1 teaspoon 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 until rice is tender, 30-35 minutes. Stir in peas.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 516 calories, 17g fat (4g saturated fat), 99mg cholesterol, 1242mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 4g fiber), 36g protein.

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  • Mary
    Aug 23, 2020

    I was disappointed in this recipe. There is too little chicken broth, and it cooked out long before the recommended cooking time when cooked on medium heat, as the recipe recommends. In addition, it is lacking in flavor.

  • Tina
    Jul 27, 2020

    No comment left

  • Andy
    Jul 27, 2020

    Super easy and extra tasty. I used a poblano pepper because that's I'l I had. I added a little white pepper for heat. Tasted even better the next day.

  • Pobittro
    Jul 23, 2020

    No comment left

  • Linda
    Jul 23, 2020

    Didn't make this. Sounds good but way too much sodium and cholesterol for me. ??

  • Maria Wendy
    Jul 23, 2020

    No entiendo la obsesión de ponerle guisantes a las paellas. NO LLEVAN GUISANTES . Cúrcuma? NOOOOOO azafrán. La cúrcuma es una especia India. En fín, un arroz con pollo que seguramente estará muy rico. Pero paella NOOOOOO

  • puddincake
    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.

  • mrsnelson1530
    Feb 22, 2013

    Pretty good easy to make

  • s_pants
    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.

  • Mandisa
    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.