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Shrimp and Chicken Paella

This delicious Shrimp and Chicken Paella is made with broccoli, carrots, and asparagus; then it is topped with the creamy, nutty flavor of Manchego cheese.

This delicious Shrimp and Chicken Paella is made with broccoli, carrots, and asparagus; then it is topped with the creamy, nutty flavor of Manchego cheese. This is an easy paella recipe you can make at home!

We had the pleasure of traveling to Barcelona, Spain for an anniversary trip several years ago. 

It was such a great city, with so much to do and wonderful food to eat, that we eventually took our kids back for a family vacation!

This trip was definitely a family favorite!

This delicious Shrimp and Chicken Paella is made with broccoli, carrots, and asparagus; then it is topped with the creamy, nutty flavor of Manchego cheese. This is a great Spanish paella recipe!

We stayed in a hotel right on La Rambla. La Rambla, or Las Ramblas as called by the locals, is a tree-lined, pedestrian street in central Barcelona that is three quarters of a mile long.

I completely recommend staying in this area, there’s so much to see and do, and you’re within walking distance to everything!

The hotel we stayed at was Arc La Rambla, you can click the link and check prices and availability.

For meals we would venture out and find a little café, with tables right on La Rambla so you’re sitting out in the thick of it all.  So much fun to people-watch, it’s like dinner and a show! 

This delicious Shrimp and Chicken Paella is made with broccoli, carrots, and asparagus; then it is topped with the creamy, nutty flavor of Manchego cheese. You are going to love this traditional paella recipe!

My favorite Spanish food, by far, was the varieties of paella I tried.  I ate chicken and peppers paella, seafood paella, and vegetable paella.  I knew we would have to eat paella again.

You might not have had paella before and may just be asking the question, “What is paella?”

Paella is a Spanish rice dish that has ancient roots. It is made with short grain rice, olive oil and various meats and vegetables.

This delicious Shrimp and Chicken Paella is made with broccoli, carrots, and asparagus; then it is topped with the creamy, nutty flavor of Manchego cheese. This authentic paella recipe is delicious and an easy paella recipe too!

When we came back to home, I told everyone how much I enjoyed eating paella.  My family decided to make my next birthday a “Paella Birthday”!  I wanted to learn how to make paella, so they gave me a kit to do it.

For my birthday gifts, I received:

This 18″ Garcima paella pan.

The Paella rice (Arroz Calasparra).

and Spanish Saffron (choose the Spanish flavor after you click on this link).

and a cookbook with various Spanish paella recipes.

This delicious Shrimp and Chicken Paella is made with broccoli, carrots, and asparagus; then it is topped with the creamy, nutty flavor of Manchego cheese. This authentic, Spanish chicken and shrimp paella recipe is delicious!

To make authentic Spanish Paella, it is VERY IMPORTANT that you use authentic Spanish paella rice.  Bomba and Calasparra are recommended.

Both Bomba and Calasparra rice are Spanish short grain rice that absorb more liquid than regular rice without becoming sticky or mushy.  The Bomba rice is generally preferred, but a little more expensive.

They are grown in the Designation of Origin (Denominación de Origen, in Spanish and abbreviated as D.O.) Calasparra region are totally free of all pesticides and herbicides. Also, no chemicals of any kind are added during processing and each bag is individually numbered at the farm.  I like that.

It can be hard to find this rice as most grocery stores don’t carry it.  We get ours from Amazon.

We use Calasparra Rice for our Paella Rice, and it tastes great.  The link for the Calasparra rice we use is above, but if you want to use the Bomba, you can get it from this link.

Looking for chicken paella recipes? Here is a great one! This delicious Shrimp and Chicken Paella is made with broccoli, carrots, and asparagus; then it is topped with the creamy, nutty flavor of Manchego cheese. This prawn and chicken paella recipe is delicious!

Over the years, I have tried and experimented with several recipes for paella, and tweaked them enough to create this easy paella recipe, and its gluten free. 

The Manchego cheese really makes this one special! It’s got such a unique flavor and is quite yummy just to snack on while you cook. 

I prefer the more aged Manchego cheese. Its flavor is slightly acidic with a creamy, nutty taste that lingers in your mouth, making you want to take another nibble!

This delicious Shrimp and Chicken Paella is made with broccoli, carrots, and asparagus; then it is topped with the creamy, nutty flavor of Manchego cheese. This simple paella recipe is delicious and a family favorite!

I’ve served this Shrimp and Chicken Paella recipe many times and always got rave reviews from my family and friends!

It’s fun to invite several couples over, serve an appetizer or salad and, of course Sangria, and just visit and enjoy letting my guests watch and participate in the process of cooking the paella! 

Here are some great Spanish appetizers to consider adding to this paella dinner: Pan con Tomate, Patatas Bravas, and Potato Chip Spanish Tortilla.

When it’s done, it’s such a beautiful dish, and so yummy!

Looking for paella chicken recipes? This delicious Shrimp and Chicken Paella is made with broccoli, carrots, and asparagus; then it is topped with the creamy, nutty flavor of Manchego cheese. You might call this chicken and prawn paella recipe, and that is fine. It is a simple paella recipe and delicious!

It is traditional to eat paella directly from the pan, but since I use the large paella pan, it seems more acceptable to serve into dishes.  I know some people like to add more Manchego cheese to their dish, so I always have a little extra for this Shrimp and Chicken Paella!

So, now you can make this traditional paella recipe at home.  Give it a try!

If you don’t own a paella pan, then please read this guide on how to choose the best paella pan for you so you get the right size, material and type.

Here’s the Recipe!

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Shrimp and Chicken Paella Recipe

This delicious Shrimp and Chicken Paella is made with broccoli, carrots, and asparagus; then it is topped with the creamy, nutty flavor of Manchego cheese.
4.4 from 16 votes
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Course: Course
Cuisine: Spanish
Prep Time: 25 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins
Servings: 8
Calories: 376kcal
Author: The Wanderlust Kitchen
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Ingredients

  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 boneless - skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 large yellow onion - chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic - minced
  • 2 cups carrots - slivered to bite-size pieces
  • 3 ½ cups chicken broth
  • 1 ½ cups of calasparra rice
  • ¼ teaspoon powdered saffron
  • 2 cups broccoli florets - cut into bite-size pieces
  • 12 oz large or jumbo raw shrimp - peeled and deveined
  • 2 cups asparagus - cut into 2 inch pieces
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 cup of grated Manchego cheese

Instructions

  • Using an 18" paella pan, heat three quarters of the oil over medium high heat (saving back a little for later) and add the chicken pieces. Allow the chicken to brown and saute until completely cooked, and remove them from the pan. 
  • Add the remaining oil, onion and garlic to the paella pan
    and cook for 3-4 minutes, slightly browning the onions. 
  • Add the carrots and cook an additional 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the broth, rice and saffron to the onion, garlic and
    carrots, and stir once, just enough to distribute the rice evenly in the pan.
  • Reduce heat to low, cover with aluminum foil and simmer for 10
    minutes.
  • Remove the foil cover and set aside. Place the broccoli florets, asparagus, shrimp and the cooked chicken on top of the rice mixture, arranging them evenly.
  • Re-cover with aluminum foil and simmer for an additional 15
    minutes, until the rice is tender and the broth has been absorbed.
  • Remove pan from heat and add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Sprinkle the grated Manchego cheese over the top.
  • It’s ready to serve!
Nutrition Facts
Shrimp and Chicken Paella Recipe
Serving Size
 
1 serving
Amount per Serving
Calories
376
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
25
g
38
%
Saturated Fat
 
9
g
56
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
14
g
Cholesterol
 
88
mg
29
%
Sodium
 
853
mg
37
%
Carbohydrates
 
20
g
7
%
Fiber
 
4
g
17
%
Sugar
 
4
g
4
%
Protein
 
20
g
40
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Linda

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  1. This recipe is perfection! I didn’t expect paella to be so easy (well, relatively easy except for some missteps on my part cooking the rice) to make.

    Perhaps this isn’t the right place to ask this, but how do you best clean a scorched and rust paella pan? I scorched the rice to the bottom and thought soaking it would help — oops!

  2. I was sad today to see Anetta leaving this beautiful blog I wish her all the best.
    Hello Linda, I am looking forward to read your recipes and posts, this one looks delicious !!