Ian Taverner is the author of Cookfulness, the cookbook designed for people living with chronic illness and pain. Every issue Ian contributes a delicious new recipe and we wanted to share his Boxing Day recipe with you in time for Christmas…

Paella de Boxeo – Olé! (Boxing Day Paella)

Difficult rating: ***
Serves: 6-8
Cooking time: 35-40 mins
Preparation time: 15-20 mins
Give Yourself Time: 1hr 10 mins


Chopping board
Weighing scales and bowl
Large oven proof flat bottomed pan with lid (same size hob pan and lid if not)
Measuring jug
Large spatula 


2 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves of garlic sliced or 2 tsps ready chopped
1 onion diced or cup frozen chopped
1 tsp ginger chopped (fresh or jar)
2 tsps smoked paprika
1 tsp dried chilli flakes
400g paella rice
1.5 litres (2 ½ pints)  stock (chicken or veg)
Christmas dinner left overs – enough to cover entire base of pan to couple cms thick (chop to bitesize chunks – turkey, chicken, roast veg, parsnips, carrots, sprouts, pigs in blankets, even yorkies!)
Handful fresh coriander, sour cream, rocket & tortilla chips to serve


  • KEY Pre-heat the oven to 180c
  • In the pan, over a medium high heat, heat the oil and fry the onion, garlic and ginger for 2-3 mins
  • Add the leftover Christmas dinner pieces, smoked paprika and chilli and stir gently to coat
  • Add the rice and stir to gently to combine
  • Pour over the stock, bring to light boil then reduce to a low heat and put on the lid
  • Transfer to oven or cook on hob (times same)
  • KEY Set the timer for 30 mins
  • Cook for 30 mins and until stock all absorbed and rice cooked
  • Remove lid, top with fresh coriander and serve in the dish, accompanied by sour cream, rocket leaves and tortilla chips


  1. Make sure your pan is oven proof and fits the oven before cooking, or use hob
  2. Make sure your pan is deep enough to take the ingredients and stock before cooking
  3. If the stock has gone and rice isn’t cooked, just add a little boiling water
  4. You want a good crust underneath so don’t think it’s burnt, it’s flavour!!!!
  5. Best not to have leftover potatoes in here as be very carb rich!


  • Add chopped chorizo and fry with the onion mix
  • Works with pretty much any leftover foods! Try and experiment!

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