Spanish Rice Casserole by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie | Recipe on

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 457kcal
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


  • Cook the rice according to the directions on the package then set aside.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Remove from heat and stir in tomatoes and cilantro.
  • 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.


Calories: 457kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 100mg | Sodium: 752mg | Potassium: 505mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 225IU | Vitamin C: 11.9mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1.9mg