Chicken, Chorizo and Shrimp Paella

16 December 2008 12 comments

This is one of my favorite dishes. It is simple and easy plus you only need one pan to cook it, less washing for me. :o) The secret to a great Paella is the Saffron. It gives this dish an exquisite flavor in my opinion. Saffron is quite expensive but is essential for a real Paella. I also have a Paella pan to cook it in. If you don't have one, you can use any saute pan that is big enough. You can also cook it in a regular wok and transfer it to a baking dish. I took this photo while the Paella was still cooking so it has some liquid left.

The recipe I used didn't call for shrimps but I added it anyway since I love it and I'm the cook. LOL If you are adding shrimps, do it at the last 5 or so minutes of cooking, depending on the size of your shrimps. If you'll notice in the photo, only one half of the Paella has green peas, that's because my husband hates it while I like it. LOL The recipe also calls for roasted chicken but if you don't have left-over chicken, you can use fresh chicken. I put salt and pepper on fresh chicken and fry it it a little oil.

Here is the recipe I used from Epicurious.

Quick Chicken and Chorizo Paella
Epicurious September 1999

Yield: Makes 4 to 6 servings

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
14 ounces chorizo, cut into 1/2 inch slices on the diagonal
1 small onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 teaspoon pimenton or paprika
2 cups short- or medium-grain rice
1 pinch saffron threads
2 bay leaves
4 cups chicken stock
1 1/4 pounds roast chicken (meat from 3-pound chicken skinned, deboned, and torn into chunks)
1/2 cup frozen peas
1 tomato, chopped
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Heat oven to 400°F. Heat oil in a large casserole or paella pan over high heat. Add chorizo and cook until browned and fragrant, about 1 minute. Add onion, red bell pepper, and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender, about 3 minutes.

Add rice (medium or short grain rice), pimenton, saffron, and bay leaves. Stir to combine and coat the rice, about 1 minute. Add chicken stock and bring to a boil. Add roast chicken, frozen peas, and tomato; stir to combine.

Transfer skillet to oven. Cook uncovered until rice is tender and no liquid remains, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven. Fluff with a fork and serve immediately.


12 comments: to “ Chicken, Chorizo and Shrimp Paella so far...

  • DebbieDana December 18, 2008

    Oh sure looks sooooooooooo masarap!!!! I'll try this recipe.

    Debbie :)

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  • haze December 23, 2008

    I loooooveeee Paella !!! HHhhmmm you gave me an idea for the New Year :D!

    Merry Christmas Barbs to you and to the rest of your loved ones! Have fun !

  • roentarre December 26, 2008

    This looks soooo yummy. I gonna cook it!

  • Vk-mahalkaayo January 03, 2009

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  • janis January 07, 2009

    this is making me hungry....
    thanks for sharing the recipe :)

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  • janet January 15, 2009

    te, babette sori now lng reply sayo maxado na ako busy. nag aply kc ako DH sa hongkong den busy ako papers thnx sa pinadala mo skin ha mlaking 2long talaga yun skin. pagdating ko HK magcontinue ako sa blogging ko kc mlaking 2long ito sakin.. nice au blogs mo

  • punky January 16, 2009

    ui ang sarap naman niyaN!

  • Kerslyn January 19, 2009

    hmmm...looks yummy pero d ko pa talaga na-try magluto at kumain nyan in my entire life. ma-try nga...pero ano yang saffron, Mommy Babette?

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