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All Recipes, Main Dishes / December 14, 2022

Chik’n-Less Paella Valenciana | Authentic Recipe without the Meat

Spain is famously known for Paella Valenciana. The classic rice dish from Valencia that features chicken and rabbit. In this post, I will show you how to make a Chik’n-Less Paella Valenciana. This recipe has all the flavors of the original dish but without the meat.

Chik'n-Less Paella Valenciana
The key to this recipe is to use the correct cookware and ingredients. Such as a paella pan, Spanish round rice and saffron. I also used vegetable broth instead of water, which is what´s typically used. But since we´re not adding any meat, the broth gives the rice a beautiful lift of flavors.

Chik'n-Less Paella Valenciana
You can serve this delicious paella Valenciana as a starter or even as a main course. Next to a typical Spanish salad and a bottle of Spanish wine. More specifically, from the wine region of Utiel-Requena, which is located in the province of Valencia.

Chik'n-Less Paella Valenciana

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: A paella is not a paella without socarrat. Which is the famous layer of burnt caramelized rice underneath. To achieve the socarrat is easy, just raise the heat to a medium heat and go for 2 to 3 minutes once all the broth has been absorbed.

Chik'n-Less Paella Valenciana

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Watch the Video Below on How to Make this Chik’n-Less Paella Valenciana

Chik'n-Less Paella Valenciana
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Chik'n-Less Paella Valenciana | Authentic Recipe without the Meat

Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 723 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 60 ml
  • 20 green beans
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup butter beans (canned) 125 grams
  • 1 cup Spanish round rice 220 grams
  • 3 cups vegetable broth 720 ml
  • 1/2 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 1.15 grams
  • 1/4 tsp saffron threads .17 grams
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • pinch sea salt
  • lemon wedges for garnish


  1. Cut the green beans into 2 inch (5 cm) long pieces, finely chop the garlic and finely grate the tomatoes

  2. Heat a paella pan with a medium heat and add in the olive oil

  3. Once the oil gets hot, add in the green beans, mix with the olive oil, after 4 minutes and they´re lightly sauteed, add in the garlic, continue to mix together, after 30 seconds add in the grated tomato and season with sea salt, mix together and simmer without mixing

  4. After 3 to 4 minutes and the grated tomato has thickened, add in the lima beans, vegetable broth, saffron and rosemary, raise to a high heat, mix together and bring to a boil, then add in the rice, give it one final mix and let it simmer without mixing

  5. After 9 to 10 minutes and most of the broth has been absorbed, but there is still some broth left, lower to a low-medium heat, simmer for 4 to 5 minutes or until there is no broth left, then raise to a medium heat and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes

  6. Remove the pan from the heat and cover with foil paper and a dish cloth

  7. After 5 minutes uncover the pan and garnish with lemon wedges, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Chik'n-Less Paella Valenciana | Authentic Recipe without the Meat
Amount Per Serving
Calories 723 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 20g
Sodium 1424mg62%
Potassium 771mg22%
Carbohydrates 105g35%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 2405IU48%
Vitamin C 26mg32%
Calcium 62mg6%
Iron 7mg39%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Michael Cain

    3 stars
    Delicioso in the end, but even with a Paella pan, splitting the pan over 2 burners, transferring to the oven for even heat, tasting, adding more liquid; eventually after more than 30 min, the Paella rice was finally, cooked. I think it’s a fantasy to cook this rice without a cover, for a few minutes, and expect it to be done. As for the sofrito- not unless I have a girlfriend who will clean the pan.

    15 . Jan . 2024
  2. Ramya

    Cant wait to make this soon for me i never had chiknless paella before perfect for my after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    14 . Dec . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya! Much love 🙂

      16 . Dec . 2022

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