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Paella inspired Spanish Rice Casserole

Bring a touch of exoticism to your plate with this Paella inspired Spanish Rice Casserole. Much easier to make - and to eat - than the dish that inspired it, it is shockful of bold, exotic flavors, as well as loads of meat and veggies to keep you satisfied for a very long time!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 457 kcal
Author Sonia! The Healthy Foodie


  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked long grain rice
  • 1 large boneless skinless chicken breast cut into bite-size pieces
  • 6 merguez sausages cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 8-10 button mushrooms sliced
  • 2 jalapeno peppers sliced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 12 large shrimp cleaned and deveined
  • 20-24 sugar snap peas ends trimmed
  • 1 large tomato diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
US Customary - Metric


  1. Cook the rice according to the directions on the package then set aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large saute pan set over medium heat heat; once hot, add the pieces of chicken and sausage and cook until brown on all sides and the meat is fully cooked, about 10 minutes total.
  3. Remove the cooked meat to a plate, then add the onion, garlic, mushrooms and jalapeno peppers to the pan; cook until slightly softened and fragrant, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add the spices and white wine and deglaze the pan real well, then continue cooking until the veggies are done to your liking, about 3 more minutes.
  5. Return the cooked meat to the pan, along with the raw shrimp and sugar snap peas. Continue cooking for a few minutes until the shrimp turns opaque, then add the rice and toss real well until the ingredients are well distributed.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in tomatoes and cilantro.
  7. Serve immediately with a little bit of sour cream and a few wedges of lime, garnished with a few more slices of jalapeno peppers, if you are so inclined.

Nutrition Facts
Paella inspired Spanish Rice Casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 457 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 100mg33%
Sodium 752mg33%
Potassium 505mg14%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 225IU5%
Vitamin C 11.9mg14%
Calcium 49mg5%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.