Cheat’s chicken paella

Cheat’s chicken paella
  • Serves icon Serves 4
  • Time icon Hands on time 20 mins

Fancy an easy paella? OK, so it might not be 100% authentic, but give this speedy, tasty paella a go. You can try using chicken thighs for this recipe, as they’re often cheaper than breasts.


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 chicken breasts with skin
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 100g chorizo, cut into chunks
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 x 250g packs ready-cooked basmati rice
  • 250g roasted peppers, thickly sliced
  • A handful pitted Spanish olives
  • A handful fresh flatleaf parsley leaves, roughly chopped


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over a high heat. Season the chicken breasts and add to the pan, skin-side down, and cook for a few minutes, until golden brown. Turn the chicken over and push to the outside of the pan.
  2. Add the onion, garlic, chorizo and smoked paprika. Cook for 8 minutes, until the onion is softened.
  3. Add the basmati rice and roasted peppers and cook for 3 minutes, stirring to warm through. Add a handful pitted Spanish olives and scatter with handful fresh flatleaf parsley leaves, roughly chopped, to serve.


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