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Delicious Chicken Paella with Sausage and Olives


I know I have been lacking a little bit on getting some of my delicious recipes up that were inspired by Ellie Krieger and Friends… but I have made so many new and wonderful things and photographed them like a crazy person while doing it over the past few months I have a lot to get out over the summer so I hope you enjoy! Let me know if you make any of these and how you like them and what you did to change them up a bit…

This wonderful recipe will make your home smell like a gourmet restaurant! From Ellie Krieger’s “So Easy” cookbook, I give you Chicken Paella with Sausage and Olives…

1 T plus 2 tsp olive oil
3 oz chorizo sausage with casing removed, sliced into 1/4″ rounds
1 lb skinless boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1″ pieces
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 10 oz package frozen peas
1 cup uncooked white rice
1 large ripe tomato, chopped
1/4 cup sliced green Spanish pimento-stuffed olives
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/8 tsp ground turmeric
small pinch of saffron threads


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Heat 1 T of oil in large heavy skillet over medium-high heat (use a skillet that has a lid to cover)

Add the chorizo and cook, stir occasionally until browned, about 3 minutes.

Add the chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned about 5 minutes.

Transfer the chicken and chorizo to a plate.

Heat the remaining 2 tsp of oil in the skillet,

Add the onion, and cook stirring until softened about 3-5 minutes

Add the garlic and continue to cook for a minute more.

Return the chicken and chorizo to the skillet

Add the chicken broth, peas, rice, tomato, olives, salt, pepper, turmeric, and saffron.


cooking chicken paellaBring to a boil, cover, and transfer to the over.

Cook until the rice appears to be tender and the liquid is absorbed about 30 minutes.

Notes from my kitchen:

Saffron is one of the hardest spices and most expensive spices to find. I went on a saffron hunt when all I could find was saffron flavored rice in my local supermarket. I checked out Whole Foods and Balducci’s and couldn’t find it there either and finally I found the cutest most expensive little bottle at William Sonoma but I must say the fresh is much much better then the saffron rice in the little yellow package!

I had never eateb chorizo sausage until I made this recipe, it is a hot and tangy sausage.

This dish is delicious! It gives a really nice plate presentation too~ Very impressive for company. If you happen to have any left overs it tastes even better the next day! I give this one 5 stars!

Let me know if you give it a try!

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  1. That looks delicious! Thank you for stopping by my site with the kind words! I have been following you and remember months ago being highly impressed with your efforts to stop eating when you're full. Now my mind has shifted and I finally believe I am ready to start trying some of the same thing! (you may have planted the seed, even though at the time I thought, "I could never do that!") :) And, yes, guess what, a good dear friend was just asking me if I wanted to join her for Zumba, so that will be my next un-characteristic-of-me adventure!

  2. Hi Shelley. Thanks for stopping by Knowlton Nest. Don't forget to enter my low comment giveaways I always have going.

  3. Wow..that looks amazing! My mom used to cook something like that with spanish rice and it was so…good! I will have to try this recipe.

  4. Hi Shelley—This looks delish. I'll need to substitute spicy chicken sausage (we don't eat red meat) but I'll have to give it a try.

  5. That looks amazing. I want to try that!

  6. Hi! Stopping by from SITS! The recipe looks delicious!

  7. Yummo!! Stopping by from the MBC!! Love your blog and your inspiring story. Will be back to read up more
    I'm your new follower too
    Hope you get a chance to hop over my blog too!

  8. Oh man, that looks good. Like serious good.

    I am thrilled to see your comment that you'll be joining us in Philly!

    We will be having a fabulous time.

  9. Yum!! That's one complete meal already! Saffron threads are really way expensive. But its all worth it. That makes your paella different from the mediocre paellas. I guess you and your family had a a very filling and amazing meal! Thanks for stopping by my blog. How's your program going on by the way? And yeah, about the Jollibee, I could only recommend their fried chicken. Im not sure about the burger, its tastier than the American's but you might find it weird. But if you have an adventurous palate, then you should try it. And also their desserts like the peach-mango pie. I love 'em…. U

  10. Such a delicious looking meal

  11. Looks wonderful– remember having paella in Spain and in Spanish restaurants, but have not thought about it in years– think I just may have to make this:-) and a totally agree about saffron–unless you live in a big city with specialty markets it is hard to find, but worth it and a little goes a long long way. Hmmmm bet I could buy in online– whaddaya think?

  12. I have yet to find Saffron here at all.

    Came from SITS to say hi.

  13. Hi Shelley – I just wanted to let you know I copied your recipe and pasted into my post since I'm one of the bloggers at the CEimB site (Craving Ellie in my Belly). For next week, the recipe that was picked was the Chicken Paella but I couldn't find it at Food Network and I don't have the book. If there is a problem with me linking and copying the recipe, please let me know and I will remove it from my post.