South Beach Chicken Paella

Recipe posted in: Lunch/Dinner

Paella is always delicious. But this one-pan chicken paella dish, which gets a flavor boost from saffron, takes delicious to a whole new level. The classic meal gets a healthy makeover with tender chicken breast, vibrant veggies and whole grain brown rice.

This healthy chicken recipe might take a little longer to make than your other South Beach Diet recipes, but trust us: It’s totally worth it. Whip up a big batch the next time you’re having company or, savor it solo. Either way, you’ll be happy you gave this paella dish a try.

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Phase: Weight Maintenance Phase

Servings: 4 (1 1/2 cup) servings

Nutrition Information

  • 1.5 Protein
  • 1 Good Carbohydrates
  • 0.5 Vegetables
  • 1 Extras


  • 1 ½ lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • ½ cup whole-grain, quick-cooking brown rice
  • ¾ cup roasted red bell peppers (from a jar), drained and thinly sliced
  • 2 cups chicken broth, lower-sodium
  • ¼ tsp. powdered saffron
  • 3 Tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Season chicken with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat oil in a large, straight-sided skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and onion; cook, stirring often, until onion is softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in rice.
  4. Add red peppers, broth and saffron; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid is absorbed, about 30 minutes. If paella has excess moisture, cook uncovered for 3 to 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in parsley, season to taste with salt and pepper, and serve.