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Slow Cooker Chicken Paella

This flavourful paella loaded with chicken, chorizo and shrimp comes together easily while your slow cooker does all the heavy lifting.
Serves: 6
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 2 hours


1 tbsp olive oil
¼ tsp salt, divided
¼ tsp pepper, divided
500 g bone-in chicken thighs
150 g chorizo sausage, sliced
1 spanish onion, chopped (340 g)
1 red pepper, seeds removed and chopped
1 poblano pepper, seeds removed and chopped (125 g)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup short grain rice
2 cups sodium-reduced chicken broth
½ cup white wine
1 cup strained tomatoes
1 tbsp paprika
340 g medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 cup peas
2 tbsp chopped parsley, optional

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.


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season chicken with half the salt and pepper. Place chicken in skillet, skin side down, until skin is golden, 4 – 5 minutes. Turn chicken.

  2. Add chorizo and onions to pan. Cook until onions begin to soften, about 4 minutes. Place chicken mixture in slow cooker along with red and poblano peppers, garlic and rice. Top with strained tomatoes. Stir in broth, wine, paprika and remaining salt and pepper.

  3. Place lid on slow cooker and set to high. Cook until rice is tender, 1 hour 30 minutes to 1 hour 45 minutes.

  4. Add shrimp and peas to slow cooker and close lid. Cook until shrimp is pink and cooked through, about 10 minutes.

  5. Remove lid and let paella sit for 10 minutes and then stir. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.

Nutrition Info

Per serving Amount
Protein38.3 g
Fat26.1 g
Saturated Fat2.9 g
Carbohydrate52.1 g
Fibre14.8 g
Sugar4.4 g
Cholesterol135 mg
Sodium509 mg
Per serving % Daily Value