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Authentic Chicken Paella Recipe

  • Author: Maxine Dubois
  • Total Time: 1 Hour 40 mintues
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


This Authentic Chicken Paella Recipe is the best combination of Spanish Paella with saffron with an added Latin twist by adding Sazon. This Spicy Latin Chicken Paella has all of my favorite flavors combined and it is to die for!




  1. In a plastic bag, add the cut up chicken, the Sazon, and salt. Put the chicken in the refrigerator for up to 4 hours.  Take out an hour before cooking. If you are short in time, you can just season right before cooking.
  2. In a large pot or a large deep saucepan on medium high heat, add the oil and wait for it to shimmer.
  3. Add the seasoned chicken and brown for 8 minutes, turning once halfway. Remove the chicken and place on a plate. If necessary, add more oil.
  4. On medium heat, Add the diced onion and toss until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the salsa de guajillo and toss.
  5. Return the chicken and add the bay leaves and salt and pepper. Lower the heat to medium low, cover, and cook for 1 hour. Do not worry about adding liquid as the chicken will release liquid!
  6. Remove the chicken again on a plate and add the leftover liquids from the pot into a bowl. Add the difference in broth to equal 3 cups of liquid. Add the total of 3 cups of liquid (chicken liquid and chicken broth) back into the pot and bring to a boil on medium high heat.
  7. Once boiling, add the saffron threads and then lower heat to medium low. Add the rice and the chicken back into the pot.
  8. Cover and cook for about 20 minutes, or according to rice package instructions. When tis done, remove from heat and let the rice absorb more liquid if needed.
  9. Stir and salt to taste.
  10. May garnish with cilantro
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 Hour 30 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: Latin Fusion


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 211.9
  • Sugar: 2.4 g
  • Sodium: 506.0 mg
  • Fat: 5.1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 16.7 g
  • Fiber: 2.7 g
  • Protein: 25.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 53.9 mg