Chicken Paella Recipe

The Chicken Paella recipe – known in Spanish as “Paella de Pollo” – is popular around the world. The ingredients for chicken paella are relatively easily obtained. This makes it more accessible and affordable than the more exclusive Seafood Paella, for instance.

This Chicken Paella recipe closely resembles the original Paella Valencia recipe. Paella Valenciana is the Godfather of all paellas and is made with chicken, rabbit, and locally grown beans.

Chicken Paella Recipe

Recommended equipment for this Chicken Paella recipe

When making this tasty chicken paella, the use of the right equipment is very important. For example, a good quality paella pan is absolutely essential to achieve a good end result. Also the use of a paella burner is highly recommended because it optimally distributes the heat under the paella pan.

Here you can find out which equipment is recommended for which number of servings.

Equipment for 2 servings

Equipment for 4 servings

Equipment for 6 servings

Equipment for 8 servings

Equipment for 10 servings

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Ingredients for this Chicken Paella recipe

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Ingredients for 2 servings

  • 3 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil*
  • 14 oz chicken meat with bone, cut into chunks of about 2″
  • 5 oz green beans, cut into pieces of about 2″
  • 4 oz butterbeans, fresh, soaked or canned
  • 1 tomato, crushed
  • 10 saffron threads*, soaked in a bit of hot water
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 7 oz good quality paella rice*
  • Salt

Ingredients for 4 servings

  • 7 tbsp extra virgin olive oil*
  • 1 3/4 lb chicken meat with bone, cut into chunks of about 2″
  • 10 oz green beans, cut into pieces of about 2″
  • 7 oz butterbeans, fresh, soaked or canned
  • 2 tomatoes, crushed
  • 20 saffron threads*, soaked in a bit of hot water
  • 7 1/2 cups water
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 13 oz good quality paella rice*
  • Salt

Ingredients for 6 servings

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil*
  • 2 2/3 lb chicken meat with bone, cut into chunks of about 2″
  • 1 lb green beans, cut into pieces of about 2″
  • 11 oz butterbeans, fresh, soaked or canned
  • 3 tomatoes, crushed
  • 30 saffron threads*, soaked in a bit of hot water
  • 11 cups water
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 1 1/4 lb good quality paella rice*
  • Salt

Ingredients for 8 servings

  • 13 tbsp extra virgin olive oil*
  • 3 1/2 lb chicken meat with bone, cut into chunks of about 2″
  • 1 1/3 lb green beans, cut into pieces of about 2″
  • 14 oz butterbeans, fresh, soaked or canned
  • 4 tomatoes, crushed
  • 40 saffron threads*, soaked in a bit of hot water
  • 1 gal water
  • 3 sprigs rosemary
  • 1 2/3 lb good quality paella rice*
  • Salt

Ingredients for 10 servings

  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil*
  • 4 1/3 lb chicken meat with bone, cut into chunks of about 2″
  • 1 2/3 lb green beans, cut into pieces of about 2″
  • 1 1/8 lb butterbeans, fresh, soaked or canned
  • 5 tomatoes, crushed
  • 50 saffron threads*, soaked in a bit of hot water
  • 1 1/4 gal water
  • 3 sprigs rosemary
  • 2 lb good quality paella rice*
  • Salt

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Instructions for this Chicken Paella recipe

  1. Place the paella pan over medium heat and pour in the olive oil.
  2. As soon as the olive oil is hot, add the chicken meat.
  3. Fry the meat for about 20 minutes until golden brown, adding a little salt.
  4. Add the green beans and soaked butterbeans and fry them until they develop a nice, light brown color. If you are using canned butterbeans, add them between step 10 and 11 instead.
  5. Move the fried ingredients to the sides of the paella pan and pour the crushed tomato into the center of the pan. Watch out for splatters!
  6. Fry the tomato until it begins to turn dark red, at which time you mix it with the rest of the ingredients.
  7. Add the soaked saffron (including the liquid) and mix immediately with the rest of the ingredients.
  8. Add the water and the whole sprig of rosemary and bring to a boil.
  9. After adding the water, measure the exact amount of liquid in the pan. This can be done with a spoon, a twig, or even a ruler.
  10. Let it all boil over high heat, allowing it to develop into nice stock. In the meantime, add salt to taste.
  11. Once just under half of the liquid has evaporated (measure again), add the paella rice. Mix the paella rice with the rest of the ingredients. Make sure that all the rice is covered by liquid and spread the ingredients evenly across the pan. Remove the rosemary sprig from the pan.
  12. Let the paella cook on high heat until the top layer of rice almost rises above the liquid. This usually takes around eight minutes.
  13. Turn the heat down and let the paella boil until all the moisture has evaporated. Generally, this also takes about eight minutes.
  14. Once all the moisture has evaporated, turn the heat back up to encourage a layer of crispy ‘socarrat’ to form at the bottom of the pan. Make sure you don’t let it burn! When you smell and hear the rice begin to fry, remove the paella pan from the heat immediately.
  15. Let the paella sit for about five minutes to let it cool down a bit and to allow the last of the moisture to evaporate.

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