Recipe: Spanish Paella-Style One-Pot Chicken & Shrimp Rice

[Jump to Recipe] I’ve been experimenting with a lot of one-pot rice dishes recently. They’re great because you can wash less dishes. But more importantly, I love that they can be extremely flavourful, because the rice absorbs all the “juices” and flavours contained in the pot, especially when you add chicken. There are a couple of different versions I like making, but this paella-inspired one is hands down the tastiest. After I posted it on my Instagram story, I received countless replies asking for the recipe. So this one is definitely worth sharing. First, here was the Instagram story…

Inspired by Spanish Paella Flavours

I won’t pretend that I know paella like the Spanish do. Even at some of the best Spanish restaurants (outside of Spain), the paellas never seem to live up to my memory of the ones I had in Valencia. Moreover, Spanish friends say the best ones are actually the ones made at home. So this recipe isn’t meant to be authentic. Instead, it was inspired by the bursts of flavours I love from paella, transformed into a dish that can be easily recreated at home, with basic kitchenware. 
Homemade Spanish Paella-Style One-Pot Chicken & Shrimp Rice with green beans
Homemade Spanish Paella-Style One-Pot Chicken & Shrimp Rice

Chicken & Shrimp Paella

“Isn’t paella usually chicken or shrimp and not both?” Honestly, I don’t know – is it? But I wanted to eat both chicken and shrimp… So there! If you’re allergic to shrimps, feel free to exclude this from your version and replace it with about 100g more chicken. But the chicken is pretty paramount to the flavours, and shouldn’t simply be taken out of this recipe. It would need to be substituted with something like chorizo. 

A 50-mins recipe

Just to manage your expectations, it’s not the most simple or fastest recipe. But trust me, the flavours are going to be worth more than every second you put into it.

Chicken Thigh versus Chicken Breast

I know it’s January and we’re all trying to eat healthy. But it’s important to use chicken thigh fillets and not substitute it with breast. Chicken thighs are much juicier. Indeed they have higher fat content, and these fats are exactly what we need to pump up the flavour of the rice – we also rely on some of these juices, so that we can use minimal about of added oil. Instead, I usually remove the skin of the thigh – the calories are hence not that much higher compared with the breast. But if you are looking to make chicken breast, check out my Recipe for Chicken Breast Stuffed with Piquillo Peppers and Cream Cheese, or these three flavourful ways to marinate your chicken breast.​

Spanish Paella-Style One-Pot Chicken & Shrimp Rice

This paella-inspired rice packs a lot of fire-y flavours and definitely satisfies a paella-craving that can easily be made at home
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish


  • 150 g Chicken thigh fillet don’t substitute with breast!
  • 200 g Fresh (raw) shrimps peeled
  • 2 cloves Garlic sliced
  • 1 Small white onion chopped
  • 1 Red pepper chopped
  • 2 tbsp Tomato paste concentrate
  • 150 g Paella rice washed
  • 250 ml Chicken stock
  • 100 ml Hot water
  • 4 tsp Smoked Paprika divide into two parts
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp White pepper
  • Sea salt
  • Chili flakes optional
  • Olive oil


  • Roughly cut chicken thigh into 1-2 inch cubes. Marinate with 1 tsp olive oil, half the paprika (2 tsp), white pepper, salt and chili flakes (if you like a spicy kick). Set aside.
  • Heat a large pot to medium-high heat. Add 1 tsp of olive oil, sauté the garlic for 15-20 seconds, and add shrimps. Toss shrimps until they just turn orange – about 1-2 mins. They don’t need to be thoroughly cooked. Remove shrimps from pan (keep the juice) and set aside. 
  • Add 1 tsp olive oil into the same pan. Sauté onions and red peppers for 3-5 mins. Add paprika (2 tsp), turmeric and salt. Add tomato purée and mix.
  • Add the chicken chunks and fry them for about 2-3 mins until the outer layer looks cooked. They don’t need to be thoroughly cooked at this point.
  • Add the rice. Toss and incorporate for about 5 mins.
  • Add the chicken stock and extra water. Turn the heat to low-medium, and cover and let it boil for about 10 mins.
  • Add back in the shrimp and its juices. Cover again, until the rice absorbs all the liquids, about 10 mins.
    Homemade Spanish Paella One Pot Chicken Shrimp Rice in Pan
  • Toss, mix and serve! 
Keyword Chicken, Dinner, Rice, Shrimp

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