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Jul 29

Chicken & Chorizo Paella

Chicken & Chorizo Paella

They say your taste buds change every seven years. This dish is proof of that for me because it’s something I never would have tried a few years ago, but I love it! Evidently my new and improved taste buds now appreciate bell peppers, onions and peas! I was really excited when I saw chicken chorizo at the grocery store and I immediately came home and started looking at paella recipes. I’m still not a big seafood fan (c’mon, taste buds!) so I decided to make mine with chicken and chorizo sausage and it was a perfect combination for me. To view your WW PersonalPoints for this recipe and track it in the WW app or site, click here!

When I was adapting this Chicken & Chorizo Paella recipe to make it my own, I reduced the amount of rice but forgot to correspondingly use less broth. As a result, the rice took a really long time to soak up all the extra liquid (oops). The recipe below is corrected, but if the paella in my photo looks a little too wet, that’s the reason. *If you have a paella pan or a wok or sauté pan that isn’t nonstick, you might want to use it for this recipe to get that traditional crust on the bottom of your paella. I only have nonstick pans, so mine didn’t have that (I loved it just the same, it’s just a matter of taste and what pans you have available to you). **Alternately, if you have a pan that can go from stovetop to oven, you can start this on the stovetop and once all the ingredients have been added just move it to the oven and bake uncovered at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, or until no liquid remains.

I loved this dish and thought it also made great leftovers. It’s a hearty meal for the points, and it’s packed with chicken and spicy sausage and flavored with tasty saffron and paprika. I’m so glad I’m branching out and discovering I like new things. Bring it on taste buds! I can’t wait to see what’s next.

Chicken & Chorizo Paella
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Chicken and Chorizo Paella

This Chicken and Chorizo Paella is hearty and flavorful!


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 12 oz pre-cooked chicken chorizo sausage, cut into diagonal slices
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked Spanish paprika, or regular paprika
  • 1 ½ cups whole grain brown rice, I used Uncle Ben’s
  • 1 pinch saffron threads
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 cups fat free reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1 tomato, chopped


  •  In a paella pan or large sauté pan* (see above), heat the oil and add the chicken. Cook chicken until cooked through. Remove chicken to a plate with a spoon and set aside. Add the sausage to the skillet and brown. Add onion, pepper and garlic. Cook for about three minutes, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender.
  • Add the rice, paprika, saffron, salt, black pepper and bay leaves and stir to combine and coat rice. Add broth and bring to a boil. Add the chicken, frozen peas and tomato and stir to mix well.** Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. Remove the lid and continue to simmer for an additional 20 minutes or until all liquid is evaporated. Fluff with a fork and serve.


To view your WW PersonalPoints for this recipe and track it in the WW app or site, click here!
336 calories, 34 g carbs, 4 g sugars, 12 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 25 g protein, 3 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)
MyWW SmartPoints per (1 cup) serving: (SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
Green: 7 SmartPoints/ Blue: 6 SmartPoints/ Purple: 3 SmartPoints
7 per serving (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
Adapted from epicurious


11 comments on “Chicken & Chorizo Paella”

  1. Lovvve chorizo so this looks amazing. Plus, I’m impressed that it’s under 10 P+!

  2. This may be a silly question, but do you add the rice pre-cooked or uncooked to the pot with the spices and broth? Thanks!

  3. I love the bowl…where did you get it? Couldn’t find chicken chorizo here in the “boondocks”, but will make the hour trek to Wegman’s and try to find some. Thanks for all the great recipes!

  4. Thanks for all the great recipes!! I’ve made this twice now and it is delicious! We used the johnsonville chorizo chix sausage…looking forward to the leftovers 🙂

  5. How many calories in 1 cup…sorry, not counting points – just calories

  6. Apparently my husband thinks only with his stomach and with little thought as to the logistics of preparing a meal. He took over meal planning this week and chose this one on a night that I was coming off one night shift and headed to another. Since I had a million things to do, very little sleep and a whining toddler hanging off my leg, I fried off the chicken, chorizo, veggies and spices, added the rice and one cup of stock and then threw the lot into my rice cooker with the remainder of the stock. It worked great and it’s delicious (although it would be better prepared the way it’s supposed to be) and a great option for the time poor.

  7. Did you use regular or instant rice?

  8. I like chicken and sauses5 stars

  9. What sides would go well with paella, please?

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