Paella, the beloved Spanish dish, is now within your culinary reach with this simple recipe. You don’t need a special paella pan; your kitchen will do just fine. This family-favorite version combines chicken and seafood for a delightful flavor explosion.
To whip up this Spanish paella, you’ll need everyday ingredients like olive oil, onions, bell peppers, garlic, tomatoes, bay leaves, smoked paprika, saffron threads, white wine, chicken thighs, fresh parsley, rice, chicken broth, frozen peas, shrimp, mussels, calamari rings, and lemons for garnish. Don’t fret if the list seems long – many of these items are likely already in your kitchen.
Here’s a quick rundown of the cooking process:
Heat olive oil in a large skillet and sauté onions, bell peppers, and garlic until the onions turn translucent.
Add chopped tomatoes, bay leaves, paprika, saffron, salt, and pepper. Cook for five minutes.
Pour in white wine and simmer for another 10 minutes.
Toss in chicken, parsley, and rice, cooking for a minute.
Slowly add chicken broth around the pan, then bring to a boil. Avoid stirring.
Let it cook uncovered for 15-18 minutes until most of the liquid is absorbed and the rice is nearly tender.
Add shrimp, mussels, calamari, and peas on top. Continue cooking without stirring for about five minutes.
If needed, add a bit more water or broth and cook until the rice is done.
Cover and let it rest for 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with fresh parsley and lemon slices.
This flavorful Spanish paella is suitable for any night of the week or special occasions with friends and family. The combination of tender chicken, succulent seafood, and aromatic spices will transport your taste buds straight to Spain. Enjoy this culinary adventure without the need for specialized equipment or hard-to-find ingredients.
Re-reported from the article originally published in 30 seconds by Chef Gigi