My Healthy Brown Rice Paella – seafood, poultry, dinner

Written by Philip Walter on Feb 29 at 4:44 am in diet, dinner, recipes, seafood

Tasty yet healthy paella recipe using brown rice and turkey sausage.

This twist on traditional paella uses turkey sausage instead of chirizo and long grain brown rice to up the health factor. It’s a great dish!


  • 2 Cups Brown Rice, uncooked
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 2 tsp Oregano
  • 2 lbs Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast, cubed
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, chopped
  • 1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Parsley, chopped
  • 1 qt Chicken Stock
  • 2 Lemons, zested
  • 1 Medium White Onion
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 1 lb Turkey Sausage
  • 10 oz Shrimp, peeled, deveined
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • In a medium bowl mix together 1 Tbsp olive oil, paprika, oregano, and salt and pepper. Stir in chicken to coat. Cover and refrigerate.
  • Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in paella pan, large skillet, or pot over med heat. Stir in garlic, red pepper flakes, and rice. Cook, stirring to coat rice with oil, for 3 minutes.
  • Stir in bay leaf, parsley, chicken stock, and lemon zest. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 25-30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in separate large skillet over med heat. Stir in chicken and onion. Cook 5 min. Stir in bell pepper and sausage. Cook 5 min. Stir in shrimp. Cook 2-3 min.
  • Serve meat mixture over rice.

My healthy version of a traditional paella.

For a printable PDF version of this recipe, click here.

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