Chicken and Veggie Paella

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Ingredients Minutes Calories
Prep Cook Servings
10 min 15 min 3
Chicken and Veggie Paella
Health Highlights
This veggie and protein-packed make-ahead Spanish-inspired rice dish is packed with flavour and nutrition!


4 tsp Extra virgin olive oil
1 medium Yellow onion (finely sliced.)
300 gm Chicken thighs, boneless, skinless (diced into 2 cm chunks.)
2 clove(s) Garlic (medium; minced.)
1 tsp Cumin (ground.)
1 tsp Paprika, smoked
1 tsp Turmeric, ground
400 gm Diced tomatoes, canned (drained)
1 bunch Asparagus (diced into 3 cm pieces)
1 cup White rice, long-grain, regular, cooked
1/4 cup Frozen green peas (frozen)
2 cup Baby spinach
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded (optional)
1/4 cup Parsley, fresh (optional; finely sliced.)


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the sliced onions and cook for 4-5 minutes, or until softened.
  2. Add the chicken pieces into the frying pan with the onion and cook for 3-4 minutes, tossing until browned all over. Add in the garlic, cumin, smoked paprika and turmeric and stir through for 30 seconds, or until fragrant.
  3. Add the diced tomatoes, asparagus, and cooked rice. Bring to a rolling simmer and cook for 5 minutes, or until the asparagus is tender and the liquid has reduced slightly.
  4. Stir through the frozen peas, baby spinach leaves and a generous seasoning of salt and pepper for 1 minute or until spinach has wilted and the chicken has cooked through.
  5. Serve sprinkled with Parmesan and parsley.



  • This dish is very versatile so use your favourite vegetables like peppers and mushrooms, or protein sources like shrimp, squid, or turkey sausage.

Nutrition Facts

Per Portion

Calories 361
Calories from fat 125
Calories from saturated fat 33
Total Fat 13.9 g
Saturated Fat 3.6 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.1 g
Monounsaturated Fat 6.9 g
Cholesterol 100 mg
Sodium 441 mg
Potassium 1113 mg
Total Carbohydrate 32 g
Dietary Fiber 8.2 g
Sugars 5.2 g
Protein 31 g

Dietary servings

Per Portion

Grain 0.6
Meat 1.1
Meat Alternative 0.1
Milk Alternative 0.2
Vegetables 4.4

Energy sources