Chicken and squid paella


Feeling adventurous in the kitchen? Let’s dive into the vibrant world of Spanish cuisine with our scrumptious Chicken and Squid Paella. This traditional dish, filled with rich flavors and nutritious ingredients, is a delightful way to turn an ordinary mealtime into a culinary fiesta. In this guide, we’re going to walk you through the steps, ensuring you create an unforgettable dish that’s as healthy as it is delicious.


To prepare Chicken and Squid Paella for 2 people, you’ll need:

– 2 chicken thighs (approximately 1 pound / 450 grams)
– 1/2 pound (225 grams) of squid, cleaned and cut into rings
– 1 cup (200 grams) of short-grain paella rice
– 2 cups (500 ml) of chicken broth
– 1/2 cup (100 grams) of diced tomatoes
– 1 bell pepper, diced
– 1 onion, finely chopped
– 3 cloves of garlic, minced
– 1/2 teaspoon (1 gram) of saffron threads
– 1/2 teaspoon (1 gram) of smoked paprika
– 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of olive oil
– Salt and pepper to taste

Time Required

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 60 minutes

Nutritional Facts

Each serving of this Chicken and Squid Paella contains approximately:

– Calories: 650
– Protein: 40g
– Carbohydrates: 50g
– Fat: 30g
– Fiber: 2g


1. Heat the olive oil in a paella pan or large skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken thighs, season with salt and pepper, and cook until browned on all sides. Remove and set aside.
2. In the same pan, sauté the onion, bell pepper, and garlic until soft. Add the squid and cook for a few minutes until opaque.
3. Stir in the rice, ensuring it’s well-coated in the oil and vegetables. Add the saffron and smoked paprika, mixing well.
4. Pour in the chicken broth and diced tomatoes. Arrange the browned chicken thighs on top. Cover and simmer for about 30 minutes, or until the rice is tender and the liquid is mostly absorbed.
5. Let the paella rest for a few minutes before serving.


1. Using a traditional paella pan can help achieve the ideal texture for your rice.
2. Don’t stir the paella once the broth has been added, as this can make the rice mushy.

Serving Suggestions

Chicken and Squid Paella is best served hot, straight from the pan. Garnish with lemon wedges and fresh parsley for added zest and flavor. Enjoy this tasty dish as a standalone meal, or pair it with a fresh, crisp salad for a complete Spanish dining experience.

In the world of health and fitness, food is fuel. But it should also be a source of joy and satisfaction. With this Chicken and Squid Paella recipe, you’re not just making a meal; you’re creating an experience. Bon appétit!

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