Easy Peasy Chicken and prawn paella

Easy Peasy Chicken and prawn paella

I’ve made quite a few spicy dishes lately.  This recipe is about toning it down on the heat front but packing it full of flavour.  It’s also a great recipe to adapt to what’s in the supermarkets so my latest remake of this recipe includes some lovely sliced runner beans!

Ingredients for 1 serving

221g chicken breast, chopped into chunks
92g peeled raw king prawns
95g chopped tomatoes, blended until smooth
76g paella rice
46g onions, chopped
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp dried thyme
5g fresh parsley, chopped
1/2 chicken stock cube
200ml boiling water
149g mange tout
6g olive oil
25g reduced fat sour cream
 1/2 lemon, juice only

 (Example ingredient amounts given, adjust accordingly to your requirements)


  • Put a medium frying pan on a medium heat, add the oil and add the chopped onion.
  • Move the onion around the pan for a minute then add the smoked paprika, dried thyme and rice.
  • Give everything a good stir, add the tomatoes, crumble in the stock cube and add half the water.
  • Give everything another good stir before bringing the pan to a rapid boil.
  • Add the chopped chicken before reducing the heat to a simmer and cover for a few minutes.
  • Be careful not to let the pan go dry, check it to make sure there’s still water to cook the rice and add water as you feel is needed.
  • After 15 minutes or so the chicken will be cooked, the rice almost cooked and nows the time to add the prawns and mange tout.
  • Add a little water so as not to let the rice catch or burn on the bottom of the pan and cover with a lid.
  • After around a further 5 minutes the rice should be ready.
  • Take the pan off the heat, plate up the paella, sprinkle with the chopped fresh parsley, a squeeze of lemon and a little dollop of the reduced fat sour cream.

It probably took longer to write up the recipe than it did to cook it!


  • For anyone following older BC plans, I have reduced the chicken amount by 20%, worked out what 20% of the equivalent king prawn amount would be.
  • Again, for anyone following older BC plans, rice will be included as part of your carbs list, but the swaps page does not distinguish between varieties of rice and the macros for basmati and paella rice are very similar.
  • Risotto rice also works well for this recipe.
  • I like to use low salt stock cubes.
  • Runner beans when in season also work well in place of the mange tout.
Nella Foulds
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