Chicken and chorizo paella in a cast iron skillet with yellow rice and vegetables

Chorizo and Chicken Paella

  • Author: Stephanie
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Total Time: 50 min
  • Yield: 4-6 Servings 1x


This Chorizo and Chicken Paella made in a cast iron skillet is bursting with flavor. The perfect family meal.



  • 3 tbsp + 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Chicken breast (or chicken thighs) cut into square pieces
  • 2 Links of Spanish Chorizo (12oz), sliced
  • Salt/freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 large red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small can fire roasted diced tomatoes (14.5oz)
  • 3 1/3 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 cups Arborio rice
  • Pinch saffron threads
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen green peas
  • 1 tbsp sliced spanish manzanilla olives
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • Lemon wedges, for garnish


  1. Heat the 3 tbsp oil in a large cast iron skillet over med/high heat, add chicken, paprika, pinch of salt & pepper, brown the chicken on all sides, remove from pan and set aside. Add chorizo, brown on all sides and set aside.
  2. Lower the heat to medium, add 1 tbsp olive oil and sauté the onion & peppers till softened about 3-4min. Add garlic & cook until fragrant (about another minute)
  3. Add the wine, allow alcohol to cook off and liquid reduce (about 2 minutes).
  4. Stir in the diced tomatoes, chicken broth, and chorizo. Bring the liquid to a boil and then stir in the rice, saffron, and turmeric. Add the browned chicken pieces. The rice should be covered in liquid.
  5. Lower the heat and cover with a piece of foil. Cook the paella without stirring for 20 minutes. When the liquid has all been absorbed, add the peas and olives. Mix all together, garnish with freshly chopped parsley and serve with lemon wedges on side.


  • Utilize Spanish chorizo which is par-cooked, not Mexican chorizo which is uncooked and used for crumbling
  • Category: Paella
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Spanish

Keywords: paella, chicken, chorizo, skillet paella, cast iron paella, chorizo paella