Spanish Chicken and Chorizo Rice

Spanish Chicken and Chorizo Rice
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What Started it all:
chorizo, chicken, rice

This Spanish-inspired dish is a hearty and flavorful one-pot meal, perfect for a family dinner. The combination of chorizo, chicken, and rice creates a savory and satisfying dish that everyone will love.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 200g chorizo, sliced
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon saffron threads (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups long-grain rice
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup canned diced tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)


  1. Prepare the Ingredients: Gather all your ingredients and prepare them as listed. This will make the cooking process smoother and more efficient.
  2. Cook the Chorizo: Heat the olive oil in a large skillet or paella pan over medium heat. Add the sliced chorizo and cook until it starts to release its oils and becomes slightly crispy, about 5 minutes. Remove the chorizo with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  3. Brown the Chicken: In the same pan, add the chicken pieces and cook until they are browned on all sides, about 5-7 minutes. Remove the chicken and set aside with the chorizo.
  4. Sauté the Vegetables: Add the chopped onion to the pan and sauté until it becomes translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the minced garlic and diced bell peppers, and cook for another 3-4 minutes until the vegetables are softened.
  5. Add Spices and Rice: Stir in the smoked paprika, ground cumin, and saffron threads (if using). Add the rice and cook, stirring constantly, for about 2 minutes to toast the rice slightly.
  6. Combine Ingredients: Return the chorizo and chicken to the pan. Pour in the chicken broth and diced tomatoes. Stir well to combine and bring the mixture to a boil.
  7. Simmer: Reduce the heat to low, cover the pan, and let it simmer for about 20-25 minutes, or until the rice is cooked and has absorbed most of the liquid. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking, and add more broth if necessary.
  8. Season and Garnish: Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley before serving.

This Spanish Chicken and Chorizo Rice is a wonderful one-pot meal that is both filling and flavorful. It's perfect for a family dinner and can be easily adjusted to suit your taste. Enjoy this dish with a side of crusty bread and a fresh salad for a complete meal. Buen provecho!

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