Recipe by Chef BennyBoo
I found this on the web. I love paella...specially after a trip to Spain. But I switch to brown rice a few years back, so I wanted to have my paella and my brown rice. I did a search on the web and found this recipe which I've been making ever since. I love it, hope you will too. I'm not really sure about the time so it's a guess.
Top Review by LaReinita
This turned out really delicious. I only changed a couple things. I didn't have saffron threads, so I used turmeric (same amt. and about 1/8 tsp of Sazon, a dash of oregano, 1/4 tsp of garlic powder, 1/8 of Spanish Paprika). Also I didn't have chorizo, so I used Polish kielbasa. I chopped green pepper and sauteed it instead of red pepper, but I DID have jarred roasted red bell peppers which I added at the end. I also added green pimiento stuffed olives. SO DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I want to eat more, but I know I shouldn't! Thanks for the recipe......it hurts me to use white rice, so this recipe was definitely appreciated!
- 1 lb extra-large shrimp, peeled and deveined (21/25)
- salt & freshly ground black pepper
- olive oil
- 8 -9 medium garlic cloves (minced or pressed through garlic press, about 2 tablespoons)
- 1 lb chicken thigh (skinless, boneless, each thigh trimmed of excess fat and halved crosswise)
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut pole to pole into 1/2-inch-wide strips
- 8 ounces spanish chorizo, sliced 1/2 inch thick on the bias (see note)
- 1 medium onion, chopped fine (about 1 cup)
- 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained, minced, and drained again
- 2 cups long grain brown rice
- 3 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 1⁄3 cup dry white wine
- 1⁄2 teaspoon saffron thread, crumbled
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 dozen mussels, scrubbed and debearded
- 1⁄2 cup frozen green pea, thawed
- 2 teaspoons fresh parsley leaves (chopped)
- 1 lemon, cut into wedges, for serving
Directions See How It's Made
- Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position; heat oven to 350 degrees. Toss shrimp, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, 1 tablespoon oil, and 1 teaspoon garlic in medium bowl; cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until needed. Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper; set aside.
- Heat 2 teaspoons oil in large Dutch oven over medium-high heat until shimmering but not smoking. Add peppers and cook, stirring occasionally, until skin begins to blister and turn spotty black, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer peppers to small plate and set aside.
- Add 1 teaspoon oil to now-empty Dutch oven; heat oil until shimmering but not smoking. Add chicken pieces in single layer; cook, without moving pieces, until browned, about 3 minutes. Turn pieces and brown on second side, about 3 minutes longer; transfer chicken to medium bowl. Reduce heat to medium and add chorizo to pot; cook, stirring frequently, until deeply browned and fat begins to render, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer chorizo to bowl with chicken and set aside.
- Add enough oil to fat in Dutch oven to equal 2 tablespoons; heat over medium heat until shimmering but not smoking. Add onion and cook, stirring frequently, until softened, about 3 minutes; stir in remaining garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes; cook until mixture begins to darken and thicken slightly, about 3 minutes. Stir in rice and cook until grains are well coated with tomato mixture, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in chicken broth, wine, saffron, bay, and 1/2 teaspoon salt; increase heat to medium-high and bring to boil, uncovered, stirring occasionally.
- Cover pot and transfer to oven; cook until rice absorbs most of liquid, about 30 minutes. Remove pot from oven; add chicken and chorizo, cover pot, and transfer to oven; cook for 15 minutes. Remove pot from oven; scatter shrimp over meat and rice, insert mussels hinged side down into rice (so they stand upright), arrange bell pepper strips in pinwheel pattern, and scatter peas over top. Cover and return to oven; cook until shrimp are opaque and mussels have opened, about 12 minutes.
- Let paella stand, covered, about 5 minutes. Discard any mussels that have not opened and bay leaf, if it can be easily removed. Sprinkle with parsley and serve, passing lemon wedges separately.