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Chicken and Shrimp Orzo Paella
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Chicken and Shrimp Orzo Paella

You'll love my healthy and delicious Chicken and Shrimp Orzo Paella. Not only is this restaurant-style dish easy to make it can be on your table in minutes
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Spanish
Keyword: easy recipes, paella
Servings: 2
Calories: 853kcal


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • olive oil for saute
  • 8 jumbo gulf shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 12 small clams washed littlenecks or pasta clams, optional
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika or regular paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 large red bell pepper diced
  • 4 stalks of celery diced
  • 2 cloves garlic sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups orzo or whole wheat orzo
  • 15 ounce can of diced tomatoes in juice organic
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • pinch of saffron threads
  • 2 tablespoon cilantro finely chopped


  • mix flour with smoked paprika, oregano, sea salt and black pepper
  • dredge chicken thighs in seasoning mix coating both sides fully
  • heat pan over medium-high heat and add olive oil
  • saute chicken thighs in pan 2 minutes per side to get good color
  • remove chicken from pan and add additional olive oil
  • add peppers, onions, celery and garlic and saute for 2-3 minutes
  • add shrimp into the veggie mixture for a minute to cook partially then remove shrimp from the pan
  • add orzo, tomatoes, chicken stock and saffron and mix well cook for 2 minutes stirring well so orzo doesn't stick
  • add chicken thighs and clams on top of the mixture, turn the heat down to low and allow to cook fully (10 minutes)
  • at about 7 minutes into the cooking add shrimp to the pan and replace the lid
  • stir the mixture together as needed to ensure the orzo doesn't stick to the pan
  • Plate up your masterpiece and serve
  • *make sure not to have the heat too high


Calories: 853kcal | Carbohydrates: 112g | Protein: 70g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 278mg | Sodium: 1573mg | Potassium: 1754mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 3080IU | Vitamin C: 112.4mg | Calcium: 210mg | Iron: 7.6mg