Christy Wilson RDN

Christy Wilson RDN

Nutrition Counselor at University of Arizona, 2016 Unilever Agent of Change

Christy Wilson Nutrition

"Knorr® recipes like this one include at least ½ cup of vegetables along with 3-4 ounces of lean protein per serving.”

Spanish Chicken Paella With Knorr Fiesta Sides Spanish Rice

"Knorr® recipes like this one, as well as my Southwest Mexican Skillet (using Knorr® Fiesta Sides™ - Mexican Rice), are designed to include at least ½ cup of vegetables along with 3-4 ounces of lean protein per serving, making it a complete, satisfying meal. The added bonus to this better-for-you-meal? It looks absolutely beautiful on your plate!” – Christy Wilson, RDN

Recipe Serves | 4    Preparation Time | 5 minutes    Cooking Time | 25 minutes 


1 Knorr® Fiesta Sides™ - Spanish Rice packet

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1-pound chicken breast (or thighs)

1/8 teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon ground pepper

1 cup sweet onion, diced

1 red bell pepper (about 1 ½ cups), diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 medium tomatoes (about 1 cup), diced

½ teaspoon dried oregano

½ teaspoon paprika

1 cup frozen green peas

Juice from ½ lemon


  1. Prepare Knorr® Fiesta Sides™-Spanish Rice as directed on package.
  2. Over medium-high heat, add olive oil to a large heavy skillet. Add red pepper and onion and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  3. Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper then place into the skillet. Cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side then add diced tomatoes. Add oregano and paprika and stir to combine ingredients.
  4. Add prepared Knorr® Fiesta Sides™ -Spanish Rice to the skillet with the chicken and vegetables. Mix to combine all ingredients together. Top with green peas and heat over medium-to-low heat for about 5 minutes.
  5. Squeeze juice from ½ of a lemon over of the finished dish. Serve immediately.

This recipe was originally created in 2016 by Christy Wilson RDN, founder of Christy Wilson Nutrition and a Unilever Agent of Change. Christy Wilson was compensated for her time and services.

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