2 Reviews

Weeknight Paella Recipe

Receta de Paella para Entre Semana

40 minutes

4 servings

Prepare a paella in less than an hour with this simple recipe. It delivers amazing flavor, and it is quick and easy enough for a weeknight family meal. It is also impressive enough for last minute dinner guests.



Nutritional Facts

Calories 758;
Total Fat 33.3 gr (43%);
Saturated Fat 7.3 gr (37%);
Cholesterol 173 mg (58%);
Sodium 1826 mg (79%);
Total Carbohydrates 69.5 gr (25%);
Fiber 3.5 gr (13%);
Sugars 6.6 gr ;
Protein 42.4 gr;
Vitamin D 0%;
Calcium 5%;
Iron 38%;
Potassium 15%;

* Percent Daily Values are based on 2000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.

How To Cook


Put the saffron, bay leaves and chicken stock in a saucepan over a low heat, bring to a simmer then turn off the heat and set aside.


Heat the olive oil in a 13-inch paella pan or sauté pan over medium heat. Add the cubed chicken and continue to cook, stirring frequently until chicken is lightly browned on all sides. Add the onion and garlic and continue cooking until onion is soft. 


Add the tomatoes, piquillo peppers, rice, paprika and chicken stock. Mix well and leave to simmer vigorously for 6 minutes. Add sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Stir in peas, lower the heat and simmer gently for 15 minutes. It is important to not stir the rice after this point. Tuck in the shrimp and cook for 5 minutes more. At the end of cooking, all the liquid should have been absorbed and the rice should be just tender. 

Turn off the heat, cover the pan with a sheet of foil and leave to rest for 5 minutes. Remove foil and garnish with the chopped parsley leaves.

Serve hot with alioli garlic sauce, lemon wedges, crusty bread and a Spanish white or rosé wine.

Ratings and Reviews


2 Reviews

This is the second paella recipe I’ve used from this site. It’s very good. I don’t add chicken, I just add more peppers. I like to let the bottom burn a little too. That’s a thing they do in Spain. Also my husband who’s Argentine likes it burnt too haha. Resist stirring it!

February 2024

So easy and it really was perfect for a weeknight meal!

September 2023