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saffron chicken with peppers and peas in large pan
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5 from 3 votes

Spanish Chicken and Rice Skillet

This paella-inspired Spanish chicken and rice skillet cooks up all in the same pan and is packed with chicken, rice, bell peppers and peas.  Healthy, easy and delicious! 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Spanish
Servings: 6
Calories: 523kcal


  • ½ cup white wine
  • ¼ teaspoon crumbled saffron threads
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 6-8 chicken thighs
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes 540mL; 18oz
  • 2 bell peppers sliced
  • 2 ½ cups chicken stock
  • 1 ¼ cup long grain rice
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups peas ends trimmed


  • In a small bowl, combine the white wine and saffron. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat.
  • Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper. Cook until browned, 2-3 minutes per side, then remove from pan and set aside.
  • Drain all but 1 tablespoon of oil/chicken grease from the pan (if you use skinless chicken thighs, you may need to add an extra tablespoon of oil). Add the onions, and cook until translucent, 3-5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another minute.
  • Add the white wine/saffron mixture to the pan, and scrape up any brown bits on the bottom. Cook for around 1 minute, until wine is reduced by half.
  • Add the diced tomatoes, bell peppers, chicken stock, rice, smoked paprika, and salt. Return the chicken thighs to the pan.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, *covered* for around 25 minutes, or until rice is cooked through.
  • *Important: you will need to give the rice a good stir every 5 minutes or so to ensure that it cooks evenly*
  • When rice is cooked through, stir in the peas. Cover the skillet, reduce heat to low, and cook for 5 more minutes.
  • Serve immediately.


Calories: 523kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 114mg | Sodium: 432mg | Potassium: 723mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1770IU | Vitamin C: 73mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 3mg