10 Minute Meal for Kids – Easy Paella – My Fussy Eater

When you need to get dinner on the table fast for the kids try my Easy 10 Minute Paella

Paella served on a blue child's plate, alongside fresh/chopped carrot's,cucumber and cherry tomatoes.

Cooking for the kids mid-week can be hectic. Even with the best meal planning and organisation intentions you can still end up staring into the fridge in the evening wondering what on earth to make for the kids!

On days like this I have a few super easy 10 Minute Meals that I rely on to whip up dinner in no time.

Here’s the first… my speedy 10 Minute Paella.

Now I know this isn’t authentic paella so I hope I don’t offend the entire Spanish population but for a quick and easy dinner for the kids it’s perfect.

Paella ingredients laid out on a kitchen worktop.

I use lots of frozen ingredients to cut down on time spent chopping.

My favourite are frozen onions, garlic and chorizo.

Fry these in a little oil for a minute.

Ingredients added to a frying pan.

Then add some frozen peas, cooked chicken, a packet of microwave rice and some smoked paprika.

Add a couple of tablespoons of water to help loosen the rice.

There’s no need to cook the rice.

There’s no need to microwave the rice first. It will cook in the pan.

Cooked Paella in a frying pan ready to be served.

And that’s it. 5 minutes max of cooking time and you’re ready to serve up.

I add some chopped veggies like carrots, cucumber and cherry tomatoes to the side.

If you liked this recipe you may also enjoy my 10 Minute One Pot Cheesy Pasta


Quick Paella – 10 Minute Meal


When you need to get dinner on the table fast for the kids try my Easy 10 Minute Paella


  • 1 tsp oil
  • ¼ onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 25g chorizo, chopped
  • 50g frozen peas
  • 60g cooked chicken
  • 1 packet microwave rice (250g)
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika
  • 23 tablespoon water


  1. Add the oil, onion, garlic and chorizo to a small frying pan and cook for 1 minute.
  2. Add the peas, cooked chicken, microwave rice and smoked paprika, along with 2 tablespoon of water.
  3. Mix well and cook for 3-4 minutes until the rice is piping hot.
  4. Add a third tablespoon of water if you think it is too dry.
  5. Serve immediately.

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