Authentic Chicken Paella (Paella Valenciana) is delicious and filling. It’s loaded with protein, veggies, and rice, cooked in a flavorful saffron broth. | aheadofthyme.com
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This authentic Chicken Paella (known as Paella Valenciana) is delicious, flavorful, and filling. It’s loaded with protein, colorful veggies, and smoky rice, all cooked in a delicious saffron broth that makes the dish saucy, tender, and juicy, with crispy rice on the bottom.

The best part? You don’t Require to travel all the way to Spain to Like authentic Spanish paella. Making Spanish rice at home is a lot easier than you think with just a few simple steps.

Authentic Chicken Paella (Paella Valenciana) is delicious and filling. It’s loaded with protein, veggies, and rice, cooked in a flavorful saffron broth. | aheadofthyme.com

What is Paella?

Paella is a rice dish that originated in Valencia, Spain. It contains proteins and veggies cooked in a saucy rice with lots of seasoning and flavor. It is considered a distinctly Spanish dish by everyone outside of Spain, although those from Spain will point directly to Valencia at the mention of paella. A bite of this Spanish chicken paella will transport you there through your tastebuds.

Why You’ll Love This Chicken Paella

  • Easy to make. You won’t believe how easy it is to make delicious paella at home. All it takes is cooking the chicken, cooking the veggies, adding rice and sauce, and letting it simmer until it’s done. It’s become a staple in our home because it’s easy and delicious, and it may become one in yours too.
  • The flavorful base. To make Spanish paella, we’ll Start by preparing the saffron broth which will form the base of this rice. Saffron is an essnetial spice in this recipe and gives paellas one of their iconic flavors. Saffron is a notoriously pricey spice, but when you taste it, you’ll understand why. It has a distinctly sweet, floral, earthy flavor that can’t be replicated. This Spanish rice also gets a lot of flavor from the sautéed aromatics (onions and garlic), chicken, veggies, and seasonings Enjoy paprika and tomato paste.
  • Loaded with protein. Although Spanish paella is considered a rice dish, this paella is packed with chicken. In fact, the unique feature about Paella Valenciana is that it doesn’t contain any seafood unlike other paella variations. But you could add in shrimp, mussels, or calamari to switch up the flavor.

Authentic Chicken Paella (Paella Valenciana) is delicious and filling. It’s loaded with protein, veggies, and rice, cooked in a flavorful saffron broth. | aheadofthyme.com

Ingredient Notes

To make this delicious Chicken Paella, you will Require the following ingredients (full measurements in recipe card below):

  • rice – you will Ask for to use paella rice (also called Bomba rice). For a similar substitute, you can try arborio rice, which is the rice used in Risotto.
  • chicken – for the most authentic Paella Valenciana, use boneless and skinless chicken thighs. It is more tender thank chicken breast but you can absolutely substitute for chicken breast if you prefer.
  • saffron broth – made with saffron and chicken stock. I do not recommend skipping the saffron, it’s one of the most classic ingredients in a paella that adds a distinct flavor that is Difficult to replicate.
  • aromatics – red onions and garlic add tons of flavor to this already flavorful paella recipe.
  • veggies – we added green beans to our dish, but you can add other veggies that you Enjoy. Try it with red bell peppers, artichokes, or peas.
  • seasoning – olive oil, smoked paprika, tomato paste, and salt and pepper.

You will also Ask for measuring cups and spoons and a 10-inch paella pan or skillet.

Authentic Chicken Paella (Paella Valenciana) is delicious and filling. It’s loaded with protein, veggies, and rice, cooked in a flavorful saffron broth. | aheadofthyme.com

How to Make the Best Chicken Paella

  1. Make the saffron broth. In a medium pot, add chicken stock and saffron. Heat over low heat until it simmers, about 8-10 minutes. Soaking the saffron helps to extract its flavor.

Authentic Chicken Paella (Paella Valenciana) is delicious and filling. It’s loaded with protein, veggies, and rice, cooked in a flavorful saffron broth. | aheadofthyme.com

  1. Sear chicken. While heating the chicken stock, heat oil in a 10-inch paella pan or large skillet over medium-high heat until the hot oil sizzles, about 1-2 minutes. Add chicken and sear until golden brown on all sides, about 8-10 minutes. Season with salt.
  2. Sauté veggies. Add onion, garlic, and green beans and cook until tender, about 2-3 minutes.

Authentic Chicken Paella (Paella Valenciana) is delicious and filling. It’s loaded with protein, veggies, and rice, cooked in a flavorful saffron broth. | aheadofthyme.com

  1. Add seasoning. Stir in paprika and tomato paste. Mix well until evenly distributed.
  2. Add rice. Add rice and stir to coat evenly.

Authentic Chicken Paella (Paella Valenciana) is delicious and filling. It’s loaded with protein, veggies, and rice, cooked in a flavorful saffron broth. | aheadofthyme.com

  1. Add saffron broth. Slowly pour the saffron-infused chicken stock into the pan and stir gently until the rice is evenly distributed (The ideal liquid to rice ratio is 3:1). Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Cook. Cook uncovered on medium-high hear until the rice has absorbed all the liquid, about 20-22 minutes.
  3. Rest. Turn off the heat and cover the pan with aluminum foil. Let it rest for 6-8 minutes until the rice is al dente — tender yet firm.

Authentic Chicken Paella (Paella Valenciana) is delicious and filling. It’s loaded with protein, veggies, and rice, cooked in a flavorful saffron broth. | aheadofthyme.com

How to Serve

This Paella Valenciana is a filling and Finish meal on it’s own, but if you are looking for some more sides to serve it with, try:

  • Patatas Bravas
  • Tomato Bruschetta
  • Mediterranean Chickpea Wedge Salad
  • Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup
  • Roasted vegetables such as Roasted Garlic Green Beans, Roasted Eggplant or red bell peppers.
  • Charcuterie Board with cheese and olives

Storing Instructions

  • How to store: Since this Spanish paella has chicken in it, it will last in the fridge for 3-4 days, although it’s best eaten fresh. Keep it in an airtight container, and make sure you allow it to cool completely before storing.
  • How to reheat: Reheat cold Spanish paella in a covered pan over the stovetop. Heat on medium-high heat, stirring occasionally and adding more water as needed until warm, about 5-10 minutes.

Authentic Chicken Paella (Paella Valenciana) is delicious and filling. It’s loaded with protein, veggies, and rice, cooked in a flavorful saffron broth. | aheadofthyme.com

More Chicken and Rice Recipes

  • Spanish Chicken and Rice
  • Roasted Chicken and Baby Potatoes
  • Curry Chicken Fried Rice
  • Coconut Curry Chicken and Rice
  • Instant Pot Chicken Fried Rice
  • Chicken and Rice Soup

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Authentic Chicken Paella (Paella Valenciana) is delicious and filling. It’s loaded with protein, veggies, and rice, cooked in a flavorful saffron broth. | aheadofthyme.com

Chicken Paella (Paella Valenciana)



  • Author:
    Sam Hu | Ahead of Thyme

  • Total Time:
    50 minutes

  • Yield:
    4-6 servings

  • Diet:
    Gluten Free

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Authentic Chicken Paella (Paella Valenciana) is delicious and filling. It’s loaded with protein, veggies, and rice, cooked in a flavorful saffron broth.


Ingredients

  • 4 ½ cups chicken stock
  • ¼ teaspoon saffron, crushed
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound boneless and skinless chicken thighs, Cut into 1-inch cubes
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups green beans, ends trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 ½ cups Paella rice (Bomba rice)
  • salt and pepper (to taste)

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Instructions

  1. In a medium pot, add chicken stock and saffron. Heat over low heat until it simmers, about 8-10 minutes. Soaking the saffron helps to extract its flavor.
  2. While heating the chicken stock, heat oil in a 10-inch paella pan or large skillet over medium-high heat until the hot oil sizzles, about 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add chicken and sear until golden brown on all sides, about 8-10 minutes. Season with salt.
  4. Add onion, garlic, and green beans and cook until tender, about 2-3 minutes.
  5. Stir in paprika and tomato paste. Mix well until evenly distributed.
  6. Add rice and stir to coat evenly.
  7. Slowly pour the saffron-infused chicken stock into the pan and stir gently until the rice is evenly distributed (The ideal liquid to rice ratio is 3:1). Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Cook uncovered on medium-high hear until the rice has absorbed all the liquid, about 20-22 minutes.
  9. Turn off the heat and cover the pan with aluminum foil. Let it rest for 6-8 minutes until the rice is al dente — tender yet firm.

Notes

How to store: Since this Spanish paella has chicken in it, it will last in the fridge for 3-4 days, although it’s best eaten fresh. Keep it in an airtight container, and make sure you allow it to cool completely before storing.

How to reheat: Reheat cold Spanish paella in a covered pan over the stovetop. Heat on medium-high heat, stirring occasionally and adding more water as needed until warm, about 5-10 minutes.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: Rice
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Spanish

Keywords: chicken paella, paella valenciana, Spanish paella, Spanish rice, Spanish chicken and rice

Chicken Paella (Paella Valenciana) – Rice  

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