10 Minute Meal – Cheat’s Paella

  • Author: Ciara Attwell
  • Prep Time: 1 min
  • Cook Time: 9 mins
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 3 1x
  • Category: Dinner


A tasty Cheat’s Paella ready in just 10 minutes using a few cooking hacks!


  • frozen onions (equivalent of 1 medium onion)
  • frozen garlic (equivalent of 2 cloves)
  • frozen peppers (equivalent of 2 peppers)
  • 75g chorizo, chopped
  • 100g cooked chicken, chopped
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 packs microwave vegetable rice
  • 50ml water


  1. Add the onions, garlic, peppers and chorizo to a large frying pan.
  2. Stir well and fry for about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the chicken and paprika and mix well.
  4. Add the packs of microwave rice and a couple of tablespoons of the water.
  5. Stir well and cook for about 4 minutes until the rice is piping hot. If needed add more water.
  6. Serve immediately with lemon wedges and parsley (optional).


Leftovers can be kept in a container in the fridge for up to 2 days and reheated in the microwave or on the hob. This recipe can also be frozen in a freezer bag or container. Defrost in the fridge overnight and reheat in the microwave or on the hob.