It’s that time of the year! Time for fall dinner parties with lots delicious food and wine and friends, and I think that calls for a Spanish Paella!
I love Paella for many reasons… let’s count the ways. 1 – everything is made in 1 big paella dish so that keeps thing semi-tidy. 2- you can pick and choose all sorts of different proteins to add into the paella. It can be just seafood, seafood and chorizo, seafood and chicken, we could go on and on. 3- once the Spanish Paella is ready, it actually gets served in the same pan you cook it in. 4- all that you need on the side are a few bottles of wine and then you’re set.
Mine has been evolving over the years and these days it consists of chicken, shrimp, mussels, clams and a really smoky chorizo that highlights some of the spices! If you were feeling extra special and decadent you could add some lobster to this too! All you need is a paella pan – here’s my favorite! I’ve been using it for years! Now all that’s left is to secretly plot a trip to Spain so I can have it in its home country alongside a bottle or two of Spanish wine!
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- ½ teaspoon oregano
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch chunks
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 Spanish chorizo sausages, thickly sliced on a bias
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 4 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 bunch flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped
- 1 (15-ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
- 1 1/2 cups medium grain Spanish rice
- 3 cups water
- generous pinch saffron
- 10 littleneck clams, cleaned
- 10 mussels, cleaned
- 10 medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1/2 cup frozen sweet peas, thawed
- lemon wedges, for serving
- sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste
- Combine the paprika and dried oregano in a small bowl. Rub the paprika mixture all over the chicken and marinate chicken for 1 hour in the refrigerator.
- Heat the oil in a 15-inch paella pan over medium-high heat. Add the chorizo to the pan and sauté the chorizo until browned. Remove and reserve chorizo.
- Add chicken to the pan and brown on all sides, turning with tongs until fully cooked. Season with salt and cracked pepper. Remove from pan and reserve. In the same pan, sauté the onions, garlic and parsley for 2 or 3 minutes on medium heat.
- Add the fire-roasted tomatoes and cook over medium heat for about 4 minutes to let the flavors come together. Add the rice and stir to coat the grains in the mixture. Add the water and simmer for 10 minutes, slowly stirring the rice. Add chicken and chorizo back to the pan along with the saffron. Add the clams, mussels and shrimp, tucking them into the rice. Continue to cook until the rice has absorbed all of the liquid, the shrimp is cooked and the mussels and clams have opened, about 15 minutes more.
- Add the peas and toss to combine. If any of the clams or mussels do not open, discard them before serving. When the paella is done, turn up the heat to high and toast the rice on the bottom of the pan for 30 seconds. Remove the paella from the heat and let it rest for 5-10 minutes. Serve with the extra lemon wedges and season with Sea Salt or Cracked Black Pepper to taste if needed.
I am so excited you are making one of my recipes and I would love to see how it turns out. Make sure to share it on instagram and tag me @whatsgabycookin so I can see your masterpiece!