Slow Cooker Chicken and Sausage Paella
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Slow Cooker Chicken and Sausage Paella

Paella is a popular dish from Spain that has a rice base and includes ingredients such as meat, seafood, and/or vegetables. If you like Spanish food this tasty and healthy dish is for you.
Prep Time30 mins
Slow Cooker7 hrs
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, paella, sausage
Method: Slow Cooker
Skill Level: Basic
Servings: 6
Calories: 540kcal
Author: Marilyn Lesniak


  • 3 lbs. boneless skinless chicken thighs or breast, cut into pieces
  • 1 T. oil
  • 8 oz. cooked smoked turkey sausage, halved lengthwise and sliced
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. saffron or 1/4 tsp. turmeric, ground
  • 14.5 oz. reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 2 c. tomatoes chopped
  • 2 yellow or green peppers cut into thin bite-sized pieces
  • 1 c. frozen peas
  • 1/2 c. green olives drained
  • Cooked Spanish rice like bomba or arborio


  • Optional first step: Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and brown the chicken pieces. (it may take a few batches) Place browned chicken on a paper towel to drain the fat.
  • Put chicken pieces, turkey sausage and onion in a 4-5 quart slow cooker.
  • Season meat and onion with garlic, thyme, black pepper, and saffron or turmeric.
  • Combine broth and water together and pour over the mixture in the slow cooker.
  • Cover & Crock on Low for 7 hours
  • Give yourself enough time to prepare rice as directed on the package to have it ready when done, so you can serve the paella over hot rice. I like Matiz Paella Rice
  • After the cooking time is complete, stir in tomatoes, sweet peppers, peas, thyme and (optional) green olives.
  • Cover and keep on Low for 15 more minutes. Serve over prepared rice.


Recipe Source: Crock Pot Girl
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Serving: 1pot 400g | Calories: 540kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 1200mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg