Healthy One Pot Chicken Strawberry Paella #FlStrawberry #SundaySupper

This post is sponsored by the Florida Strawberry Growers Association in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. All opinions are my own.

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When you think of a strawberry recipe, do you automatically think of dessert?  I never considered strawberries in savory dishes until 13 years ago.  My husband and I were in Florence, Italy.  We were sitting at a restaurant at the base of a gorgeous castle upon a hill.  Trees provided a beautiful canopy over us. It was a fairy tale setting.  I saw strawberry risotto on the menu and could not quite wrap my mind around it.  I decided to bypass the strawberry risotto and have pasta.  A foursome came and sat near us and all ordered the strawberry risotto.  They were ohhing and awwing over each and every single bite.  My pasta was good but not something I was going crazy for.  I could have kicked myself for not having the strawberry risotto.  It became the dish that got away.

What a delicious one pot dinner recipe! Healthy Chicken & Strawberry Paella #ad

Finally a few years ago I made it for Food Done Light.  You can find the recipe here.  It was amazing, everything I had hoped it would be.  From that point on, strawberries became the perfect ingredient for a savory dish.  I even poached Salmon in a strawberry Thai sauce.  Here is the recipe.  Last Spring break when we visited my grandparents, my Grandmother had picked out a recipe for Chicken with Strawberry BBQ sauce.  It was quite a bit of work but delicious.  She served it with a lemon mint rice.  We all realized we had mixed the rice and chicken together.  It was the perfect combination.  That is how the idea for Healthy One Pot Chicken Strawberry Paella came about.

What a delicious one pot dinner recipe! Healthy Chicken & Strawberry Paella #ad

The only problem with making this recipe is that my daughter will try to devour every single strawberry before it is made.  My solution is to buy an extra pint so she can happily snack on some while I am cooking.  Strawberries are a healthy snack I am always happy for her to enjoy. Florida Strawberries don’t just add sweetness to savory dishes, they add fantastic flavor.  They are also incredibly healthy.  8 gorgeous ruby Florida Strawberries have your full daily requirement of Vitamin C and are under 50 calories with 3 grams of fiber.  I also love that Florida Strawberries are in season during the holidays.  That gorgeous ruby-red color is perfect for making your dishes festive. You can find lots of recipes on the Florida Growers Association website Strawberry Sue.



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Yields 8

Healthy One Pot Chicken Strawberry Paella #FlStrawberry

15 minPrep Time

40 minCook Time

55 minTotal Time

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  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped red pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups Arborio rice
  • 3 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/4 tsp. kosher salt, divided
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 2 cups strawberries
  • 1 cup peas
  • 1 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh tarragon
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh mint
  • 1 tsp. grated lemon zest


  1. Preheat oven to 350•.
  2. Heat a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Add the onions, red peppers, and 1/2 tsp. salt, cook until onions are translucent.
  4. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  5. Add the rice and cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes.
  6. Stir in the broth, vinegar, remaining salt and pepper.
  7. Cover the pan with foil.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes.
  9. Add chicken, strawberries and peas. Leave uncovered and cook for another 20 to 25 minutes, until rice and chicken are cooked.
  10. Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes.
  11. In a small bowl, stir together herbs and zest.
  12. Sprinkle over paella and serve.

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  1. I love using strawberries in a savory dish, but never would have thought to in a paella - this is genius! I can't wait to try it out. Also, someday I hope to make it to Italy.
  2. Perfect easy dish for the new year! We are going all out healthy and the flavors of this dish certainly won't have me missing the fat or calories!
  3. I could eat this every night!
  4. Never would have thought to put strawberries in paella, but I can totally see how that would be tasty!
  5. My trick is also to buy extra for the kids to snack on! I was so excited to be able to serve gorgeous strawberries at our holiday parties. Such a hit! This recipe looks great! What a fun idea!
  6. I LOVE my sweet with my savory and always pair chicken or protein with fruits! What a fantastic dish!
  7. I have never heard of strawberry risotto but now I need that and this paella in my life! I love the idea of giving strawberries that show in savory dishes. Sounds so delicious!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Thanks Brandy. The Italians definitely know what they are doing by adding strawberries to savory dishes. It opens up a whole other world of flavor.
  8. I don't think there is a child out there that can resist strawberries :) I love the use of strawberries here! It is true, when I think of fruit I think dessert dishes, but fruit works so well in savoury!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      The touch of sweetness the strawberries bring really add to this dish. Plus when strawberries are roasted they gain a very robust flavor. Works perfectly in savory dishes.
  9. Loving this! Strawberry and chicken are the perfect combo :D
  10. This looks incredible! I love mixing strawberries or other fruits into savoury dishes!
  11. First I have to say that it made me smile to see you witness Strawberry Risotto being such a popular dish in Italy and that you have made it too. Then I'm swooning over your colorful paella. What flavors! I can see it being a healthy feast.
  12. What a fantastic paella!!
  13. This is so creative, and looks absolutely stunning. I bet it tastes amazing!
  14. When I saw this on Pinterest, Christie, I just had to come see more. I love mixing fruits with savory dishes and this is brilliant. Chicken and strawberries are a natural and to make it into a paella dish sounds so darn delicious. All those flavors in one dish must be amazing!
  15. I can totally understand grabbing those sweet strawberries while you are cooking! I'm there with your daughter! This dish looks fabulous and another excuse to buy a new pan!


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