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Quinoa “Paella”

Points® value
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
40 min
40 min
This spin on traditional Spanish paella gets a nutrient boost with high-protein quinoa and a double-dose of vegetables. It's chockfull of flavors, textures, and colors, and is impressive enough to serve as the stunning entrée for any dinner party or celebration. Whomever you serve this to will keep going back for more. Along with the bone-in chicken breasts, chicken chorizo, and quinoa, it features leeks, carrots, sweet red peppers, and baby broccoli. All of those ingredients are infused with fresh rosemary, paprika, and turmeric. You'll need a large, deep skillet that's at least 12 inches in diameter, but that's the only pan you need to make this paella.


Uncooked skinless chicken breast with bone

28 oz, (four 7 oz breasts - or similar size)

Kosher salt

2 tsp(s), divided (or to taste)


2½ tsp(s), divided (or to taste)

Black pepper

1 tsp(s), freshly ground


1 tbsp(s), fresh leaves

Olive oil

1 tbsp(s)

Cooked chicken chorizo sausage

6 oz, cut into rounds


3 clove(s), large, thickly sliced

Uncooked leek

2 large


5 large

Red bell pepper

1 large

Uncooked quinoa

1½ cup(s)

Ground turmeric

½ tsp(s)

Reduced-sodium chicken broth

2¾ cup(s)

Uncooked, baby broccoli

1 bunch(es), trimmed (cut in half lengthwise if thick)


1 wedge(s), juiced and zested (optional)


  1. Remove any visible fat from chicken; with a sharp heavy knife, halve each breast crosswise, cutting through bone. Season chicken all over with 1½ tsp salt, 2 tsp paprika, black pepper, and rosemary.
  2. Heat oil in a large (12-inch) straight-sided skillet over medium heat. Add chicken to pan; nestle chorizo and garlic around chicken. Cook until chicken is golden brown on all sides, turning chicken and chorizo a few times, 8-10 minutes. Transfer chicken and chorizo to a plate (chicken breast will not be cooked through); leave garlic in pan.
  3. Split leeks in half lengthwise, then cut into ½-inch slices; immerse in cold water to remove all sand and grit. Carefully lift leeks from water to avoid mixing sand back in; drain well and repeat if necessary.
  4. Add leeks, carrots, peppers, and remaining ½ tsp salt to pan; cook over medium heat until soft, stirring frequently, 6-8 minutes. Add quinoa, remaining ½ tsp paprika, turmeric, and broth; stir to combine and bring to a simmer. Nestle chicken pieces and chorizo into quinoa mixture, along with any accumulated juices on plate; cover pan tightly and cook over low heat for 10 minutes. Scatter baby broccoli over top; cover and continue to cook until quinoa is done, chicken is cooked through and baby broccoli is bright green and crisp-tender, about 5 minutes more. Season to taste, if desired; garnish with optional fresh lemon juice and zest.
  5. Serving size: 1/2 chicken breast, 1 cup "paella" and a few spears broccoli