Mom’s Paella

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 40 min.


8 servings

Updated: Oct. 22, 2022
I enjoy cooking ethnic foods, especially those that call for lots of rice. Like my mom, I often prepare this dish for special Sunday get-togethers. Traditional paella uses saffron, but turmeric is a budget-friendly alternative. —Ena Quiggle, Goodhue, Minnesota
Mom's Paella Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1-1/2 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 1 cup cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1/2 cup sliced fully cooked smoked sausage (1/4-inch slices)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup pimiento-stuffed olives, halved
  • 1/2 cup raisins, optional
  • 1 cup uncooked converted rice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 2-1/4 cups chicken broth
  • 1-1/2 cups frozen mixed vegetables


  1. In a large skillet, saute the chicken, ham, sausage, onion and green pepper in 2 tablespoons oil for 3-5 minutes or until onion is tender. Add olives and raisins if desired. Cook 2-3 minutes longer or until heated through, stirring occasionally; remove meat and vegetable mixture from pan and keep warm.
  2. In the same skillet, saute rice in remaining oil for 2-3 minutes or until lightly browned. Stir in the garlic, turmeric and curry. Return meat and vegetables to pan; toss lightly. Add broth and mixed vegetables; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes or until rice is tender.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 258 calories, 14g fat (3g saturated fat), 39mg cholesterol, 711mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 3g fiber), 15g protein.

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