Weeknight dinners are rough. Especially in December when the whole world seems to be spinning a wee bit faster. I get home and it’s dark, I’ve worked all day and I am dog tired. And heck, I don’t even have kids I have to worry about! But I take no excuses in the Pass the Sushi kitchen and believe there is always time for a real supper no matter how crazy things get. (Except for tonight, when I’m probably just picking up a pizza. Don’t judge.)

For those of you who want some real meal inspiration on the quick and easy for the month of December, check out the Quick Dinner Fixin’s Category for quick dinners that take under 30 minutes to get on the table. With a little prep and some planning you can make sure those extra holiday pounds aren’t from cheap take out.

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Easy Chicken Paella

This easy chicken paella is a weeknight winner! With one skillet, and hearty fillings like chicken, chorizo and artichokes its an amazing family dinner idea!
5 from 12 votes
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Author: Kita
1 hour 5 minutes
Serves: 6


  • 1 10 – 12" skillet


  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 2 cups water - divided
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tbs vegetable oil - divided
  • 8 oz chorizo links - cut on the bias into ½” pieces
  • 2 chicken breasts - boneless, skinless, cut into ¼" thick slices
  • 1 onion - chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves - minced
  • ¼ tsp saffron threads - crumbled
  • 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 14 oz artichoke hearts - rinsed and drained
  • ½ cup frozen peas


  • In a microwave safe bowl, combine the rice with 1 ½ cups water and a sprinkle of salt.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and microwave about 10-12 minutes, until the water is absorbed.
  • Heat 1 tbs vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add the chorizo and cook until browned.
  • With a slotted spoon, transfer to a plate. Cover with aluminum foil and set aside.
  • Season the chicken with salt and pepper and place in the skillet. Cook until lightly browned, about 2 minutes a side.
  • Add the chicken to the plate with the chorizo. Cover and set aside again.
  • Add the remaining 1 tbs vegetable oil and onion to the empty skillet.
  • Cook 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and saffron and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Add the tomatoes, cooked rice, and remaining ½ cup water.
  • Bring to a boil, scraping the sides and bottom as needed.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and cook until the rice becomes tender and the remaining liquid has been absorbed, about 10 minutes longer.
  • Add the chicken, chorizo and any juices on the plate back to the skillet.
  • Add the artichokes and frozen peas.
  • Cook until heated through.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.


Adapted from: 30 Minute Suppers Winter 2011


Serving: 1g | Calories: 306kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 444mg | Potassium: 514mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 392IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional informations provided as a courtesy and is only an approximatation. Values will changes based on ingredients used.

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    1. One is from Spain and the other is derived from Spanish dishes, but has more southern (Cajun or Creole) flair. My jambalaya has a roux as well as the ‘holy trinity’, and this paella doesn’t. Traditional paellas are usually packed with more of a seafood medley from mussels to crabs as well. Also, I think they are commonly made with saffron, which I haven’t used in a jambalaya that does give it a totally different flavor. Loved this question!

  1. This looks like the kind of food I’m craving right now – belly-warming and comforting and made in a few pots and pans as possible. Plus I just adore paella and artichokes, so the combination of both is definitely a must-try in my books (I’ve never seen this before, but I’m totally in love with the idea).

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