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Chorizo and Chicken Paella

Disclaimer: Thank you to The Little Potato Company for sponsoring this blog post! All wording, recipes and opinions are entirely my own.


Paella is a dish I absolutely love. The crispy bits of rice, the abundance of well-seasoned seafood, and of course the generous dose of spices. This Chorizo and Chicken Paella is nothing short of delicious but with more winter-friendly ingredients for Canadians during the cold months. I love the mix of chicken and spicy sausage, particularly with the smoked paprika, saffron and turmeric that brighten and infuse the rice. This recipe also has pieces of Chilean Splash potatoes that offer a toothsome bite and wonderful purple contrast to this turmeric-hued dish.


The Little Potato Company’ Chilean Splash potatoes have something to flaunt! These small, robust yellow Creamers have a bold splash of purple ornamenting their skin and they’re just. so. good.

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Recipe adapted from BBC.

Chorizo and Chicken Paella with Chilean Splash Potatoes
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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 chicken breasts (about 500 g), cubed
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 1 scant cup of thinly sliced cooked chorizo (or other spicy sausage)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 pinch saffron
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 cup Chilean Splash potatoes from The Little Potato Company, cut into quarters
  • 1 and 1/2 cups bomba rice
  • 3 cups + 2 tbsp chicken stock
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • 1 small red tomato, chopped
  • fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped finely, as garnish
  • lemon wedges for serving


  1. In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the chicken breast and cook until no longer pink, about 7-10 minutes. Remove from pot and set aside.
  2. Add in the onions and cook until translucent, about 5-10 minutes. Tip in the chorizo, stirring constantly, until the oils begin to seep out of the sausage. Add the garlic, turmeric, saffron and paprika. Then add the rice and potatoes, stirring to coat in the spices for about 2 minutes.
  3. Add 3 cups of stock and cover, reducing the heat to medium-low. Allow to cook for about 15 minutes without stirring. Add in the peas, tomato, and the cubed chicken, and season well with salt and pepper. Simmer for another 10-15 minutes or until the rice and potatoes are fully cooked. Stir in the last bit of stock, taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
  4. When ready to serve, garnish with lemon wedges and sprinkle with fresh parsley.


  • Those potatoes are so cute! I love using potatoes in a one pot corn chowder. I bet the purple would be nice with the yellow. :)
  • Teresa (
    Hachis Parmentier is my absolute favourite one dish potato dish. It's so rich, though, that I have it about once a year!
  • Annette
    My favorite one dish potato recipe: i bar boil potatoes then add them to a skillet where I've already fried chopped garlic in olive oil. Once cooked, I toss with seasoning and parsley.
  • This paella looks amazing! Recipes for one dish meals are always appreciated. I will often make a one sheet oven roasted pan recipe with potatoes, Italian sausage and peppers ...super quick to put together :)
  • Jo Vanderwolf
    My favorite one dish potato recipe is potato salad!! So simple and a million different ways to change it up. :)
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    • Good point Jo- it is especially good when you mix warm and cold ingredients- like cold potatoes and green pepper alongside warm egg sliced. Yum! :)
  • Keri Justice
    I have to say classic mashed potatoes. Or cheesy potato casserole.
    • Growing up, my aunt would also make this dish called "death in a pot" - it was the cheesiest, most indulgent mashed potatoes. I bet this dish would be the perfect combo of your favourites! :)
  • Terri Gilson
    My fave one dish potato recipe is scalloped potatoes. Paella is on my foodie bucket list to try- this looks like that perfect recipe!
    • I'm with you on the scalloped potatoes, Terri- I LOVE scalloped potatoes! So elegant, but so easy. And yes to trying paella!! :)
  • Elaine_Nessman
    Love your twist on this classic dish! And I FINALLY bought myself a new paella pan last week. Can't wait to try your version!
  • Cyn (Chiew) Priest
    Yum, I have tried Little Potatoes' variety pack and I believe the Chilean purple ones were in it. They were a delight to cook with! I haven't tried cooking paella before -- I will have to give it a go!
    • Their potatoes are so good, but none of them are quite as beautiful as the Chilean splash :) Let me know how the paella turns out!
  • Cassie Hendry
    Oh my gosh this brings me back to my Cuba vacation! The first and only time I've had paella. I need to remedy that. ;) As for the contest, my favourite dish would be good old fashioned scalloped potatoes. Yum!
    • I've never been to Cuba, but I bet you had about as authentic as it gets! :) And totally agree about the scalloped potatoes- so tasty! :)
  • Sean Bromilow
    First off, I loooove me some paella. I need to make it more often. Second, I'm psyched to try new varieties of anything! I grew purple potatoes this year (which was so much fun for the kids), and I really want to try more varieties (preferably in interesting and spice-rich dishes like this!)
    • oh wow, I'm impressed with your potato-growing skills Sean! I've never grown them before- did you slice up the eyes of the potato and plant them like that?
      • Sean Bromilow
        Forgive my ridiculously late reply (that's my jam...). I didn't plant them from eyes, though I've heard it's easy enough. Instead I just bought small 'seed' potatoes and planted those. Easy peasy!
  • Carly Williams
    I love scalloped potatoes!
  • Nicole Jubleew
    Potato Gratin is my favourite one dish potato recipe. It's a huge hit in our house.
  • Yvonne Callaway
    Wow, I’m almost drowning I’m salivating so hard! Paella is great & using creamy potatoes adds gusto: good one! My favourite spud single-dish is porcini infused scalloped potatoes.
  • Relish The Bite
    Potato peas carrot samosa :) and also :) ur dish looks lovely!!!
  • thefinercookie
    Oh Hilary, I adore paella. Yours looks so appetizing. Over the summer, I'll invite you to paella. That would be fun.
  • Jared @
    Hello Hilary! I absolutely love Paella. It's definitely a favourite of mine. I especially like that you fused together a delicious Spanish dish with Canadian friendly ingredients! I think it's awesome!