Chicken and Chorizo "Paella" ~

We headed down to my Nate’s mom’s house this past weekend. We had a relaxing couple days, and I started a new craft project

I’m going to make my mother-in-law a cushioned ottoman/coffee table. I bought a coffee table at a thrift store and we went out and got some fabric that will cover the foam I’m putting on top. I’m so excited to finish making it. I’ll show you guys when it’s done :) We picked out a beautiful purple tweed that matches her couches and I’m going to sew piping onto it- it will be the first time I’ve attempted that, so fingers crossed.

Chicken and Chorizo "Paella" ~

Oh, I also fixed a drawer while I was down there that she was going to have a handyman come fix. I was pretty impressed with myself. I went to Lowes and got what I needed and fixed it! Girl power!!

It’s so rewarding to make or repurpose/create/fix something! I think that’s why I like cooking so much. It’s like creating one thing out of something entirely different- putting all these pieces together to make a new whole. And on top of it, you really get to enjoy the fruits of your labor :)

I’ve been so busy lately with house stuff, so I was on the lookout for a quick, simple dinner. It’s not completely authentic paella but it’s very similar. This dish hit the spot and was really really delicious and filling

Chicken and Chorizo "Paella" ~

Chicken and Chorizo "Paella" with Mushrooms
Serves 6
A quick, simple and veggie-packed take on the traditional Paella
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  1. 1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs , cubed
  2. 4 ounces Mexican chorizo (i used a veggie version)
  3. 1 large white onion, chopped
  4. 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  5. 16 oz mushrooms, sliced
  6. 2 Tbsp olive oil
  7. 1 tsp paprika
  8. 1 tsp oregano
  9. 1 tsp turmeric
  10. 1 tsp salt
  11. 1/2 tsp black pepper
  12. 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  13. 1-1/2 cups long grain white rice
  14. 3 cups water
  15. 1 14oz can diced or stewed tomatoes
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the chorizo and onion, stir to combine and let it sit and caramelize/soften for about 5-7 minutes.
  2. Add the cubed chicken, and stir to combine, letting it cook for about a couple minutes.
  3. Add the chopped red bell pepper, mushrooms, and cook several minutes. Add paprika, oregano, turmeric, salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes and rice. Stir everything to combine, and then add the water and tomatoes.
  4. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat, cover, and allow to cook for about 30 minutes until the rice is tender.
  5. Serve hot!
Adapted from Heather's Dish
Adapted from Heather's Dish


  1. To be honest, I haven’t tried paella, I was going to at some places that offer vegan paellas. But since we will be heading to Spain & Argentina for 3 months ( we leave this week!!), I hope to find an awesome vegan paella! :) Is that cornbread next to it?

    • Oooh, you’ll have to let me know how it is in Spain! You could easily make a vegan paella yourself though, and I think it would be totally delicious. Yep, cornbread from Trader Joes ;) Good eye!

  2. I have at least 2 simple paella recipes in my recipe folder and a few others pinned that I keep meaning to make! Love it! I’m always wondering if long grain or short works better but I suppose they’ll both taste great as long as the flavor’s there. This is another recipe to add to my pile. It looks delicious.

    And seriously – those “craft” projects are serious stuff! Sounds amazing. I would not know where to begin. You’re definitely an artist! : )

    • oooh, what flavor are your paella recipes? I dunno the diff between long and short grain really, although I’m guessing short grain would make for a gloppier paella. Thanks, Monica :)

  3. I can’t wait to see the end result of your project. I’m sure it will be lovely and what a great gift. And this “paella” looks just perfect. Simple and delicious. I’m hungry now! Thank you for sharing. And thank you for all your sweet words!

    • Hehe, I’m so excited for the finished product too! I wish we were going down there sooner but I’ll be sure to show off the result :)

  4. This is my favourite kind of paella, simple and with strong flavours. Looks wonderful.

  5. You go girl with your bad fix-y self! I always feel so accomplished when I do…anything? I replaced a toilet seat a few weeks ago and I bragged about it for days.

    Also, this? I want to stuff it in my face.

    • hehehe, thanks, Jen ;) I know what you mean…I totally give myself a pat on the back when I get off the couch long enough to put away my laundry.

  6. This looks SO GOOD! And you are so handy!!! You can come down here and work on our house any time ;) You can bring some of this delicious “paella” with you too… ya know, if ya want ;)

    • Thanks, Natalie! It was a super easy and delicious recipe…you could totally make it when you get home from work. Hehe, I’d love to work on your house! I have a feeling i’ll have a lot of projects once we move into our new house too.

  7. This has all my favorite ingredients. I love chorizo with chicken together. Great post Amy!

  8. Ooooh… I totally want to make this recipe! Paella always seems to intimidating, but I can definitely do this! :-)

  9. My husband and I love to make chicken “paella”! Great addition of chorizo though! Sounds delicious! Can’t wait to see the post about your new project!

  10. This ‘paella’ looks amazing! Absolutely craving one right now. Also, can’t wait to see the makeover on your thrifted coffee table.

  11. I love paella, this is a great twist on such a classic. Love the idea of mushrooms.

  12. Love the paella recipe! Good luck with your sewing project! I’m sure it will turn out wonderful.

    • Thanks, Christin! I started the sewing this past weekend and it didn’t exactly go as planned…hopefully round two will be more successful.

  13. Total Girl Power, good job!

    I don’t think I ever officially had “paella” but that has got to change, right?

  14. You are so talented, Amy! And you sure can cook…your twist on paella looks terrific.

  15. This looks really great! I’m impressed with how crafty/handy you are!

  16. Your work ethic is making me tired.

  17. i’m excited to see how the coffee table ottoman turns out! i love those, and i’ve wondered about tackling a project like that (because i honestly think i can do more than i can with fabric and stuff.) :) and total girl power with the drawer-fixing: i always feel very satisfied when i fix something around the house.
    i want this paella; i don’t care if it’s not quite authentic. i have such a weakness for chorizo, and i’ve always thought chicken combined with chorizo is magical.

    • I can’t wait to show you! I had a slight sewing disaster this weekend while attempting to sew the box cushion cover :( I’m a bit nervous to try again since I had to rip out all of my stitches.

  18. You’re so talented, I can’t wait to see what your ottoman will look like. I love projects! And I love the girl power, too! This paella looks so fast and I love that it has chorizo in it. It gives things such a unique flavor.

  19. Whoa!! Look at you Miss Handygirl! There is little to no way I could fix anything without step-by-step instructions lol.

    This paella looks like some serious comfort food!

  20. I love how easy it is to prepare this Chicken and Chorizo “Paella” with Mushrooms! Perfect for your busy days! And I can’t wait to try it too.

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  22. You are so artistic…I looking forward to see your finished project. Your “paella” sounds very flavorful and I’m sure it was delicious.

    • Thanks, Karen :) I can’t wait to share the finished project!…if I ever finish it. This sewing is pretty complicated. I probably shouldn’t have attempted such a project when I’ve only sewn a few things so far, haha.

  23. It looks so flavourful! Can I have it with a slice of that bread, too? Hahah kudos on the crafting and girl-power. Looks like you’re getting in a lot of outlets for creative energy recently!

  24. What an easy and fantastic looking dish- looks great!

  25. I was just thinking about what rice dish I can make this weekend when I saw this. I love paella, especially with chorizo. Yum!

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