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Crock Pot Country Redneck Chicken Paella

Crock Pot Country Redneck Chicken Paella

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So, here’s the thing. I’ll be totally honest. I forgot to take pictures of this dish. I took some when I set the plates down at dinner…but that’s all I’ve got. I failed. I failed the blogging photo world. It happens – first time it’s really happened to me, but hey – it won’t be the last.

Honestly, when I made this the first time the day hadn’t gone really well. I was convinced Annie had been invaded by visiting aliens, Andy wouldn’t nap but just wanted to whine all day long, Dottie (the dog) pooped in the basement floor, and I didn’t get anything done – except to make dinner.

And let me tell you something – sometimes a day when you only get dinner made is STILL A VICTORY. No one died. Everyone got fed. It’s a happy ending right there folks. As Connie from Smockity Frocks says, “Feed the people.”

crock pot chicken paella

The first time I had Paella, I was in Trinidad. I spent some time there in college learning about World Religions for a class I took. It was delicious…and I loved it. But, I don’t think it was traditional Paella. REAL Paella usually has stuff in it that I don’t like – like shrimp and other various seafood with the shell still on it. It’s sometimes referred to as “Spanish couscous.”

I don’t want seafood with the shell…or with eyes. If something is on my plate and it still has eyes, that ain’t cool with me. Ain’t cool at all.

Paella usually consists of rice, sausage, chicken, and some type of seafood. I only want chicken in mine. Hence the reason my recipe is called CHICKEN Paella. Go figure.

For all you country folks out there, like me, this is NOT pronounced how I really say it. Stacy says PIE –A-YA. Nope, that’s not it at all. THIS is how you say Paella. Doesn’t matter…I’ll still say it the wrong way.

So, without further ado…and with no more pictures because I’m a failure with this post, here is Country Redneck Chicken Paella.

Chicken Paella

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About Stacy

Stacy is the author of Crock On: A Semi-Whole Foods Slow Cooker Cookbook and Keep Crockin': A Poorganic Slow Cooker Cookbook, and a stay-at-home and homeschooling mom to her three children, Annie (June 2009), Andy (August 2012) and Eli (September 2014). After an “awakening” in March 2011, her family switched to a more natural, whole foods diet. She likes to blog about how to live on less than you make and how to eat good food while doing it. Her passion is teaching others how to save money and she tag teams with her husband in this endeavor. At Stacy Makes Cents you’ll find information on how to save money in the kitchen, how to have fun with your kids, and how to be thrifty in all areas of life. Her passion is teaching others how to live debt free. Make sure to follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Pinterest and more to keep up with her daily antics.


  1. Stop saying you are a failure. You are far from a failure

  2. So, I’m beginning to think I need to start a new pin board just for YOUR recipes that I want to try!!!

  3. LOL I was joking around. 😉

  4. Sounds like Pie-ay-a to me!

  5. Heidi P says:

    Well . . . you know, at least you didn’t have to kick yourself out of the kitchen after 2 failed dinner attempts in one night :) If forgetting to take pictures is the worst dinner failure of the night you’re still winning :)

  6. Love the title :) Any recipe done in the crock pot is definitely up my alley, especially with the 100 degree temps we’ve been having!

  7. tascha.p says:

    Hey Stacy! Finally joining THM and have lost 10# in 3 weeks! :) So I thought i’d try this tonight. but I have a Q-if I used only one can of diced tomatoes and a few TBSP of tomato paste to make it a thicker consistency, would it still be in FP mode? Though I will probably serv with brown rice or quinoa, as I need more E meals-i rather lived on FP style meals before, trying to loose weight, but after a while it didnt work…. now I know WHY! :) THANKS….

  8. Jodi Stewart says:

    Looks great Stacy! and thanks for including the pronunciation guide. :) I’m always making things and having to google how to say them. It took me days to figure out Arroz con Pollo.

  9. This looks and sounds delicious. I need to eat because your pictures are making me hungry : )

  10. They make me hungry too – good thing I’m eating a cupcake. lol

  11. I learned that in Spanish class! :-)

  12. Debra Elliott says:

    Stopping by from
    Friday Food Frenzy. This looks so yummy in my tummy good!

  13. Another winner!

  14. It is! :-)

  15. Eva Worthing says:

    I made this the other day and I really liked it! I don’t like green peppers or tomatoes so I was pleasantly surprised. :) It all goes together well!

  16. I hate when I forget to take the picture. Even worse when I forget to write down the ingredients in a dish that goes over really well. Thank you for sharing your paella with us on foodie friday.

  17. Kim (Sunflower Supper Club) says:

    I don’t think this post was a failure at all. It looks and sounds delicious! Thanks so much for linking up to the Weekend Potluck last Friday. Have a great week Stacy!

  18. It was only a failure because of the pics. LOL

  19. I’ve done that…and then I can’t remember how much yadda yadda I used. Oops.

  20. I do that all the time — have a dish I want to make and switch out the meat and haven’t been banned from blogging yet. 😉 Your chicken paella sounds fab!

  21. Trisha Eldridge Gilkerson says:

    Yum! This sounds good. I think I’ll try it over mashed cauliflower :)

  22. YEAH! Love cauli.

  23. Hubby has been ‘perfecting’ his paella for a couple of years…several versions of it. And, get this, he finishes it on the charcoal grill (he is into ‘authentic’–I say ‘meh’ and move over, I’m hungry). Gotta admit, that crunchy, crusty rice on the bottom. Anyway, one of my favorites that he makes is a chicken sausage from Sprouts Market meat dept (bet TJ’s has a good one too) and black beans. Swoon!!!! Showing him this one too.

  24. Michelle Reddekopp says:

    What size of tomato cans do I use

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