Pan Seared Chicken Paella
Hearty and deliciously flavourful! Packed with all the good stuff from tender juicy chicken, saffron, chorizo sausages and more! This no-fail, weeknight dinner Pan Seared Chicken Paella recipe is shared by home cook Randall Goh.
  • 2whole chicken legcut in large pieces
  • 2cups japanese short grain rice
  • 100g chorizo sausagessliced
  • 1medium red pepperdiced
  • ½large brown or white oniondiced
  • ½cup green beans
  • 200g fresh medium sized tomatoescut into wedges
  • ½cup sweet peas
  • 2cups chicken stock
  • 1 pinch saffron
  • ¼cup olive oil
  • 3cloves garlicminced
  • 1pc lemoncut in half
Chicken marinade
  • 2tbsp paprika
  • ¼tsp salt
  • ½tsp black pepper
  • 1clove garlicminced
Prepare chicken stock and marinate chicken
  1. Using a stainless steel pan, pour in chicken stock and bring it to simmer. Add in saffron and a pinch of salt. Turn off the heat, transfer to a bowl and leave the saffron to infuse into the chicken stock.
  2. Mix chicken and marinade evenly in a mixing bowl. Set aside.
Cook Paella
  1. Place the Meyer OPT Steel 24cm saute pan on stove. Heat up the pan on medium high heat. Add olive oil till you see light smoke.
  2. Add chicken and sear it for 2 mins. Turn to the sides and brown the chicken evenly for 3 mins. #Tips: Watch closely to prevent the chicken from getting burnt.
  3. Add in green beans, red peppers, onion and chorizo sausages, saute for 5 mins.
  4. Add in tomatoes and garlic, saute for another 5 mins.
  5. Pour in the chicken stock and mix evenly.
  6. Bring it to a boil and add in the rice. Mix evenly. #Tips: Do not stir the paella again.
  7. Lower the heat allow it to simmer for 20 – 30 mins. It’s ready when the rice have absorb all the chicken stock.
  8. Turn off the heat, cover with the lid or a towel for at least 10 mins. #Tips: The rice will continue to absorb the stock and it will continue to cook gently till the grains are fully cooked.
Serve warm
  1. Remove from stove and garnish with sweet peas. Squeeze lemon juice on the paella and serve immediately.