Savory Shrimp, Chicken & Chorizo Paella Recipe: The Perfect Paella for Beginners by 30Seconds Food

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Savory Shrimp, Chicken & Chorizo Paella Recipe: The Perfect Paella for Beginners

Paella is a savory Spanish rice dish that originated in Valencia, Spain. Paella is one of the best-known Spanish dishes. Paella recipes differ, but the proteins are typically seafood, chicken and sausage. This easy paella recipe is simply delicious, and perfect for first-time paella makers. 

The easy Spanish paella recipe is made with chicken broth, saffron, olive oil, Spanish chorizo, boneless chicken thighs, onion, red bell pepper, garlic, rice, fresh lemon juice, smoked paprika, green peas, shrimp and fresh parsley. The paella takes about one hour to prep and cook. 

If you want mussels in your paella, simply add them along with the shrimp in the final steps. Serve this flavorful paella with a glass of wine or iced tea. 

Cuisine: Spanish
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4 to 6


  • 4 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon saffron
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil (divided)
  • 1 link Spanish chorizo, sliced
  • 4 - 5 boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces 
  • 1 onion, diced fine
  • 1 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups medium-grain rice (preferred) or long-grain rice
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 pound medium to large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • fresh parsley, for garnish

Here's how to make it: 

  1. In a pot, combine the chicken broth and saffron. Heat to almost a boil and then reduce heat to low to keep warm.
  2. In a large skillet or paella pan, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chorizo and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the chorizo and set aside. 
  3. Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper. Add the chicken to the skillet and cook for about 5 minutes or until browned and cooked through. 
  4. Add the onion and red bell pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 30 seconds more.
  5. Stir in the rice. Cook, stirring constantly, for about 2 minutes.
  6. Pour in the hot saffron broth. Add the chorizo, lemon juice, smoked paprika and the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Reduce heat medium-low and cook for about 10 minutes, or until rice has absorbed almost all of the broth and is almost tender. 
  7. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper. Arrange the shrimp over the rice. Sprinkle the peas over the top. Cover and cook about 6 to 8 minutes or until shrimp are cooked through and rice is tender. Allow the paella to rest for about 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley.

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Paella Pans $15 & Up
Large Skillets $10 & Up
Saffron $6 & Up
Chicken Broth $1 & Up
Long Grain Rice $2 & Up
Olive Oil $4 & Up
Smoked Paprika $3 & Up

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Donna John
Cannot wait to try this recipe (after I order my paella pan, of course!). I've heard that you can turn the heat way up to crisp up the bottom of the rice, which some think is the best part.
Julie Rose
How delicious, I want to try this 😍
Elisa Schmitz
Paella is one of my favorite foods ever! Loved having it in Spain a couple years ago, too. I can't wait to try this recipe, thanks!!

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