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 other level.

This paella 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.

Phase: Phase 2, Phase 3

Servings: 4 (1 1/2 cup) servings

Nutrition Information

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


  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup whole-grain, quick-cooking brown rice
  • 3/4 cup roasted red bell peppers (from a jar), drained and thinly sliced
  • 2 cups lower-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon powdered saffron
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Season chicken with salt and pepper. 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.
  2. Stir in rice. 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. Stir in parsley, season to taste with salt and pepper, and serve.