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Spanish Chicken & Rice

This variation on paella is just as delicious as the traditional preparation. Its exotic Spanish aromas will waft through your kitchen.
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 45 min


4 skinless chicken drumsticks
4 bone-in, skinless chicken thighs
1 tbsp olive oil
¼ cup onion(s), diced
1 zucchini, diced
1 tomato(es), diced
1 cup short grain brown rice
2 cups water
¼ cup water, warm
½ tsp saffron
½ tsp sea salt
1 tsp pepper
2 sprigs thyme
2 sprigs parsley
1 bay leaf
½ cup frozen peas
½ red pepper(s), diced
kitchen string

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. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).

  2. Soak saffron in a small bowl in a ¼ cup (50 mL) of warm water.

  3. Heat the olive oil over medium high heat in a flame proof casserole and sauté onion, stirring until clear and golden. Then add zucchini and tomatoes and cook, stirring frequently until most of the liquid evaporates.

  4. Add the rice to the casserole and stir. Add the saffron with the soaking liquid, the remaining water and the salt and pepper.

  5. Tie 2 sprigs of thyme and parsley together with a bay leaf with kitchen string and place in the rice mixture in casserole. Place the chicken pieces on top. Cover and bring to a boil. Let boil for a minute.

  6. Take the casserole and place in oven and bake for approximately 45 minutes until the liquid is absorbed, the rice is tender and the chicken is cooked through and internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C).

  7. Remove cover and sprinkle frozen peas and red pepper on top. Cover and let the heat from the casserole steam the vegetables for a few minutes then serve.

Helpful Tip

This traditional Spanish chicken and rice meal is a one dish meal that is easy to prepare and doubles to feed a crowd.

Nutrition Info

Per 400 g serving Amount
Protein27 g
Fat11 g
Saturated Fat3 g
Carbohydrate42 g
Fibre4 g
Sugar4 g
Cholesterol90 mg
Sodium330 mg
Per 400 g serving % Daily Value
Vitamin A8
Vitamin C80
Vitamin B633
Vitamin B1220