‘Not So Traditional’ Steak or Chicken Paella

This easy to prepare Steak or Chicken Paella, Is an all inclusive meal, with just the right amounts of Protein, Carbs and Vegetables.

A recap for those that may not know, Marsay Family Favourites, are My Families personal favourite recipes, that has stood the test of time. Most recipes that date back years. Like this recipe of a “Not So Traditional” Steak or Chicken Paella that I share. I love sharing with you the stories behind these recipes, because it’s all the love and memories attached to such recipes, that makes it so much more special.

This Steak or Chicken Paella, has been inspired by my dearest eldest sister Nazia Farook. Nazia had always been fascinated with the foodie television shows and foodie magazines, which she still throughly enjoy to this day. So some 20 odd years ago, she had watched a program that featured the “Traditional” Paella, and she immediately wanted to try something similar for the both of us. It goes without doubt, that the very 1st time our family tried the “Not So Traditional” Paella, we all fell in love with it. She still makes this the BEST, and my siblings and I would always request her to WHIP UP “HER PAELLA” when we are around. Nazia, celebrates a birthday this month, and this post is dedication to her, for her never ending caring and selfless love she constantly showers on everyone. LOVE YOU BUDDY!?

A little more about this “Not So Traditional” Steak or Chicken Paella, it differs from a traditional paella, in that the rice is cooked separately here, and the spices used are a little different too. Now some CHEFS and Traditionalist Foodies may frown upon this, but I believe each recipe is a FUSION OF FLAVOURS AND IDEAS, don’t you agree?. This isn’t a Fried Rice dish, which requires a quick stir fry of ingredients, but very similar to a traditional Paella, in cooking methods. The Steak/Chicken is marinated in spices and cooked on low heat until tender, rice is boiled separately, and chopped vegetables like carrots, peas, sweetcorn, green beans and peppers are stir fried and added to the cooked steak/chicken together with the rice. All this is tossed together, and served. To give you a better visual idea of what I mean, I have included a step by step tutorial collage below.

Step By Step Tutorial Collage, ‘Not so Traditional’ Steak or Chicken Paella.

I do Hope you give this recipe a try soonest, and I assure you that Your family will enjoy this as much as mine does.

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'Not So Traditional' Steak Or Chicken Paella

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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AUTHOR: FOODEVA MARSAY(@foodeva_marsay)
Inspired By: Nazia Farook


500 grams Steak or Chicken Fillets (cut into strips or cubed)
1 teaspoon Red Chillie and Garlic Paste
1/2 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
Few Strands of Saffron
1 teaspoon Chillie Powder
1 teaspoon Kashmiri Chillie Powder
1 teaspoon Dried Mixed Herbs
1/2 teaspoon Lemon Pepper Seasoning
2 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
3 Tablespoon Tomato Sauce + 1 Tablespoon Sriracha Sauce(optional)
1 teaspoon Salt
2-3 Tablespoon Oil

2 – 2 and 1/2 Cups Cooked Rice (long grain)

1 cup of frozen diced mixed vegetables (carrots, sweetcorn, peas, and green beans)
1 medium Carrot, Sliced into rounds (optional)
Red or Green Peppers Sliced (As per preference)
2 Tablespoon Butter
Salt to season


~ Cook Rice as per pack instructions.

~ Marinate the steak or chicken with all the above mentioned spices and sauces.
~ To a Large Skillet/Flat Pot, Heat the oil and add the marinated steak/chicken
~ Add in 1/2 Cup water and cook the steak/chicken until tender, but not dry.

~ When the steak is almost done, Stir fry the vegetables in butter and season with a little salt.

~ Now, Add the stir fried Vegetables to the steak/chicken and mix together.
~ Follow by adding the cooked rice, a little at a time, and toss through well each time. This way you can judge how much rice you would like added.
~ Gently steam/heat through all this on the lowest heat, and Serve with a drizzle of sriracha sauce (if you prefer a spicier taste), and a sprinkle of Chopped parsley

> You may opt to cook the steak/chicken with regular ginger and garlic paste, onions and tomatoes/tomato paste.
> Try this dish with Cleaned and shelled Prawns/Shrimps.

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‘Not So Traditional’ Steak Paella

The above recipe works perfectly with chicken as well…

‘Not So Traditonal’ Chicken Paella.


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