California Chicken Paella

This fusion of West Coast and Mediterranean cuisine will be the highlight of your meal. Feta cheese and fresh basil make this version of paella unique.
Serves: 6
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 40 min

Ingredients

6 chicken pieces, bone-in
3 tbsp vegetable oil
2 onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 1/2 cup long grain rice
1 1/2 cup tomatoes, fresh, chopped
or
1 1/2 cup canned diced tomatoes
2 cups chicken broth
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
1 red pepper, cut into strips
8 oz feta cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup black olives, preferably Kalamata
3 tbsp basil, fresh, chopped
or
3 tbsp parsley, fresh, chopped

Food Safety

Before you start, wash all surfaces and your hands with soap and warm water, and remember to wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards after they touch raw meat or eggs. Avoid cross-contamination by using a different cutting board for your meat and other ingredients. Make sure you’re cooking to safe temperatures and chilling any leftovers within two hours. For more food safety tips, visit our Food Safety at Home Section.

Steps

  1. Cut chicken into pieces in half (where possible). Pat chicken pieces dry with paper towels.

  2. Heat oil in a large skillet and brown chicken pieces, Remove chicken and place in a large casserole or paella dish. Return skillet to heat and add onions and garlic. Cook until tender and fragrant.

  3. Add rice and combine well. Stir in tomatoes and cook 3 to 4 minutes. Add stock and bring to a boil.

  4. Combine with chicken in casserole and season with salt and pepper. Cover and bake at 350°F (175°C) for about 30 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 165ºF or 74ºC.

  5. Uncover and stir gently. Arrange red pepper strips, olives and cheese on top. Sprinkle with half of the herbs. Cover again and bake 10 minutes longer. Sprinkle with remaining herbs.

Nutrition Info

Per 490 g serving Amount
Calories540
Protein46 g
Fat24 g
Saturated Fat9 g
Carbohydrate35 g
Fibre2 g
Sugar7 g
Cholesterol150 mg
Sodium740 mg
Per 490 g serving % Daily Value
Potassium22
Calcium25
Iron15
Vitamin A30
Vitamin C70
Vitamin B656
Vitamin B1256
Folate26
Zinc49