BBQ Chicken Paella Recipe

BBQ Chicken Paella Recipe

Fancy a break from the usual bangers and burgers? This flavour-packed paella is cooked on the barbecue (though the recipe translates easily to stove-top cooking) for a deliciously different ‘al fresco’ dining experience! Serves 4-6.

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500g Greendale Raw Peeled King Prawns
2 x 400g Greendale Free-Range Chicken Thighs (Boneless and Skinless)
200g Chorizo, peeled and chopped finely
1 litre hot Chicken Stock
Small pinch Saffron (optional)
Olive Oil
2 Red Onions, peeled, trimmed and diced finely
3 cloves Garlic, peeled and crushed
4 large ripe tomatoes, de-seeded and roughly diced
2 heaped tsps Smoked Paprika
1 pinch Ancho Chilli Flakes (optional)
500g Paella Rice
2 large Red Peppers, trimmed, de-seeded and cut into small pieces
Sea Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper
Small bunch fresh Parsley, leaves picked and chopped
1 Lemon, cut into wedges


First, light your barbecue well before you want to start cooking, so that it has time to come up to heat. When the charcoal is almost ready, fill and boil a kettle and make up the chicken stock, adding the saffron if using, then cut the chicken thighs into bite-sized chunks. When the barbecue is ready, place a paella pan (or large, shallow frying pan with a heat-safe handle) on the grill and add a good splash of olive oil. Put the chicken pieces into the pan and cook, turning the meat so it browns nicely on all sides, then take a clean plate or dish and lift the cooked chicken on to it with a slotted spoon. Set aside. Next, put the sliced chorizo into the hot pan and fry for 2-3 minutes until crisp, then add the onions and fry for about 5 minutes until soft – you may need to sit the pan over a slightly cooler area of charcoal to avoid burning them. Stir in the prepared garlic, peppers and tomatoes and cook for another five minutes, stirring, until the tomatoes start to soften and break down, then add the smoked paprika. Put the cooked chicken pieces back into the pan, together with the rice, then pour in the stock and give everything a good stir. Make sure the pan is sitting over medium-hot charcoal, so that it will simmer gently (but not boil away madly), then leave it for 10 minutes without stirring.
When the 10 minutes are up, arrange the prawns on top of the rice, then cover the pan with a sheet of foil (if your barbecue has a lid, you can also put the lid on at this point) and leave to cook for another 10 minutes, or until the prawns have turned completely pink. Remove the pan from the heat, remove the foil and leave to stand for 2-3 minutes, then scatter over the chopped parsley and serve with the lemon wedges alongside.

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