Saffron Pigeon Paella

Swap chicken and seafood for sustainable wood pigeon to cook up this colourful dish that’s perfect for parties. The paella rice soaks up the flavours of the wood pigeon, sweet saffron, and fresh and juicy tomatoes and peppers, making every mouthful a treat.


  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook time: 50 minutes
  • Serves: 6 people


  • 6 whole wood pigeon
  • 50 ml olive oil
  • 1 pinch saffron strands
  • 0.5 ltr chicken stock
  • 1 brown onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 red peppers, diced
  • 2 beef tomatoes, diced
  • 300 grams paella rice
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 120 grams frozen peas

Thank you to Eat Game for sharing this recipe with us.


  1. Remove the breasts and legs from the pigeons. Cut each breast into three. Place the legs and bones into the stock and allow to simmer with a good pinch of saffron or one packet of paella saffron seasoning.
  2. In a large pan, heat up the oil and fry off the pigeon quickly just so it browns on each side. Remove from pan and keep to one side.
  3. Add some more oil and sweat onions and garlic on low heat until soft. Add the peppers cook for 5 to 6 minutes, then add the tomatoes.
  4. Now, add the rice and allow to cook for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring it until the oil coats it. Add thyme and bay leaf, then the stock and bring to the boil, then simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. Lastly, mix in the peas, cover the pan and take off the heat. Allow to stand for 10 min.
  6. After 10 minutes, remove the foil and serve with some lemon wedges.

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