Tangy chicken paella recipe


By Nadeen Jawad, fourth year dental student

Paella is a classic Spanish dish that not only tastes great, but looks great too! Why not give it a try next time you have some friends over for dinner?

Here is my recipe for a spanish chicken paella:

What you will need:

  • 500g chicken breast, diced
  • 2 white onions, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • tomato puree, 1 tbsp
  • chilli powder, 1 tsp
  • paprika, 2 tsp
  • turmeric, 1 tsp
  • 300g Spanish paella rice
  • tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 750ml veg/chicken stock
  • 2 bell peppers, diced
  • handful of frozen peas
  • juice of one lemon
  • handful of parsley


  1. In a paella pan, or a large frying pan add the onion, garlic and chicken and cook, around 10 minutes.

  2. Add the tomato puree first and mix until combined, and then add the spices and mix, around 1 minute.

  3. Next, add the paella rice, chopped tomatoes and your stock. Stir occasionally to prevent the rice sticking to the pan, for around 15-20 minutes.

  4. Add the bell peppers and peas and leave to cook, around 5 minutes.

  5. Finally, add your lemon juice and parsley and your paella is done!

If you’d like extra points for presentation you could chop up a lemon into wedges and place on top of your dish.

Image: Epigram Food contributor/Nadeen Jawad

Featured image: Epigram Food contributor/Nadeen Jawad

Have your say about this article! Email us or comment below!