Main Dish | April 20, 2016

Chicken and Chorizo Paella

Chicken and Chorizo Paella garnished with parsley and lemon wedges

I hope you have been enjoying our partnership with Ralphs grocery store and their Taste of Spain campaign! It’s always such an honor for us to be working with such great companies. Our  previous featured recipes, Patatas Brava and Spanish Tapas were delicious and so much fun to make! Today we are sharing a Spanish classic – Paella with chicken and chorizo. A rich and hearty comfort meal that is frequently served through out Spain.

How do I know this? Well my husband, Brandon actually lived in Spain for 2 years. He learned the language, culture, enjoyed exploring new foods and loved the people. He has been educating Des and me on traditional Spanish cuisine and meals that every day families would be eating. Which is exactly what we wanted to bring to you- food that the families of Spain sit down to eat.

Brandon said one of the most common meals he eat was paella. Fixed in a variety of ways but it typically consisted of chorizo, seafood, maybe chicken, rice, peas and bell peppers. Of course every family or restaurant had their own variation, but just like you might get a burger from the States- we generally know the basics.

Lemon and Parsley being chopped

It is commonly topped with lemon and parsley. Personally.. I loved the lemon. Really brightened up the smokey flavor from the chorizo, but then again I just plain love lemon! Chorizo is a Spanish sausage. It has a different flavor then the sausages we in the states are used to. You can buy it precooked or uncooked. I prefer the precooked.. easier to handle if you want it sliced. Brandon also said that at festivals or parties they would have huge pans (almost like a wok) and make massive amounts of paella. So much fun! Some day he is going to take me back and we can dine on the paelle, tortillas de patatas, and fine chocolate pastries (my husbands favorite).

For now I can keep cooking up a little taste of Spain in my own kitchen. Thanks to the help of Ralph’s I can easily find the ingredients and whip something up. Meanwhile my husband will reminisce about the castles and wish I was a pastry chef!

Chicken and Chorizo Paella in pan with wooden spoon

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Chicken and Chorizo Paella
Chicken and Chorizo Paella
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins

Spain tastes so good!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: spanish
Keyword: chicken chorizo paella, easy paella
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 857 kcal
Author: Aubrey
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 4 chorizo sausages
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1 tsp saffron threads crushed
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • lemon wedges
  • flat-leaf parsley chopped
  1. Mince onion and garlic and begin sautéing in a large skillet.
  2. In a separate pan heat chicken broth to a simmer.
  3. Prepare chorizo by either slicing or removing casing and crumbling into skillet.
  4. Cut chicken in to bite sized pieces. Add chorizo and chicken to skillet and sauté.
  5. When meat is cooked throughly, add bell pepper and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  6. Add in rice and stir frequently for 2-3 minutes to allow rice to toast slightly.
  7. Add in about 5 cups of hot chicken broth and stir.
  8. Add in saffron, paprika and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  9. Allow to simmer on a medium heat, stirring often. Add in additional chicken broth if needed.
  10. Arborio rice will slowly absorb the liquid.
  11. During last 5 mintues of cooking stir in frozen peas.
  12. Squeeze lemon over and toss with fresh parsley.
Recipe Notes


  • Turn cooker on any mode to heat inner pot with lid off. Heat 1 t oil, add vegetables (except peas) to brown for a few minutes.
  • Add chicken and chorizo, brown for a few minutes.
  • Add seasonings and arborio rice, toast for a few minutes.
  • Add broth minus 1/2 c of original recipe, cover with lid, lock into place.
  • Cook on rice setting 6 minutes. Quick release pressure, gently fluff and add peas. Place lid back on and let rest and peas warm.
  • Garnish with lemon juice and parsley.
Nutrition Facts
Chicken and Chorizo Paella
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 857 Calories from Fat 369
% Daily Value*
Fat 41g63%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 135mg45%
Sodium 1392mg61%
Potassium 1277mg36%
Carbohydrates 63g21%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 53g106%
Vitamin A 1525IU31%
Vitamin C 57.1mg69%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 5.1mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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