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Chicken and Seafood Paella in a pan
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3.78 from 18 votes


Paella made with saffron-infused rice, chicken, sausage, and seafood is hearty, delicious, and a guaranteed holiday favorite.  This Spanish-style rice dish is easy to make and cooks in one pan!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Main Entree
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: Chicken and Seafood Paella, Paella
Servings: 12 Servings
Calories: 451kcal
Author: Lalaine


  • 3 pounds whole chicken, cut into serving parts
  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 ounces chorizo de bilbao, sliced thickly
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 4 cups long grain rice
  • 1 teaspoon saffron threads
  • 6 cups warm water
  • 1 pound large shrimp, tendrils trimmed
  • 1 dozen mussels, or littleneck clam, scrubbed and bearded


  • Paella pan or wide skillet


  • In a bowl, combine chicken, sweet paprika, and salt and pepper to taste. Rub onto the chicken and marinate in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
  • In a paella pan or wide skillet over medium heat, heat olive oil. Add chorizo de bilbao and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from pan and set aside.
  • In the pan, add chicken pieces and cook, turning as needed, until lightly browned. Remove from pan and set aside.
  • Add more olive to the pan, if needed. Add onions and garlic and cook, stirring regularly, for about 2 to 3 minutes or until softened.
  • Add tomato sauce and cook until slightly reduced.
  • Add rice and stir quickly to fully coat with sauce.
  • Add water and bring to a boil.
  • Add chicken, chorizo de Bilbao, and saffron. Add shrimps and mussels, tucking into the rice.
  • Cover pan, lower heat and simmer, without stirring, for about 15 to 20 minutes or until rice is fluffy and cooked through.
  • Increase heat to high and cook for an additional 1 to 2 minutes or until a toasted rice crust (socarrat) forms at the bottom. Serve hot.


Calories: 451kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 144mg | Sodium: 542mg | Potassium: 342mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 450IU | Vitamin C: 4.8mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 2.2mg