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And with only one pot required, it’s truly a dish that keeps on giving.

The trick in achieving the signature crispy golden crust on the bottom, is in using a wide, flat surface to create maximum surface area, allowing liquid to evaporate and to form the crust. So I recommend cooking this dish in a large skillet or even a wide pot or of course, a paella pan if you’re lucky enough to have one.

Your house is going to smell amazing while you cook this dish and everyone’s tummies will be rumbling!

You can also add all sorts of seafood like squid, mussels, clams and white fish, which I think would be make for quite a special meal if you were entertaining guests.

If you don’t have paella rice, don’t panic, you can use arborio rice instead!

Excuse the average photo taken at night just before I served it. This is real time baby!

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Serves: 6 



1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 brown onion, chopped
1 carrot, diced
150 grams cured chorizo, sliced into discs
4 chicken thighs, chopped
1 small red capsicum, deseeded and diced
2 tbsps tomato paste
300 grams paella rice, if you can’t find bomba rice, look for shorter grains like risotto
2 tspns smoked paprika
500 grams chicken stock
225 grams filtered water
1 tsp saffron threads
1 cup frozen peas
12 whole green prawns
1 handful flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
1 lemon, cut into wedges for serving


1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add garlic, onion, carrot, chorizo and chicken and saute for 5 mins. While this is cooking add chicken stock and water into a saucepan and bring to the boil.

2. Into the large skillet, add capsicum and smoked paprika and saute for 1 minute. Add tomato paste and saute for a couple more minutes.

3. Add the paella rice and stir for a few minutes. Then add the boiling stock/water mix. Add saffron and stir well.

4. Bring to the boil then reduce to a simmer. Cook for 10-15 minutes until rice is almost tender but not totally cooked through.

5. Add peas and prawns (press prawns down into the rice, and cook for a further 5 minutes or until prawns are cooked. Turn heat up to high and cook for 2 minutes with the aim of creating the signature crust of rice on the bottom of the pan.

6. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

7. Serve on plates with a generous sprinkle of parsley and wedge of lemon.


If rice looks like it’s drying out too much towards end of cooking, just add in a splash or two of water as needed.

About The Author

Brenda Janschek

Brenda understands the onerous demands that modern life places on women. So she aims to keep things real and simple as she connects through her blog, personal coaching, presentations, popular online programs and delicious recipe eBooks. Brenda is super passionate about helping other busy mums develop and implement healthy nutrition and lifestyle habits that can be easily shared with their families and friends.