Prep 45 mins
Cook 1 min
Don't have a paella pan? Here's a dutch oven recipe from America's Test Kitchen. The Dutch oven should be 11 to 12 inches with at least a 6-quart capacity.
- 1 lb extra-large shrimp, peeled and deveined (21/25)
- salt and pepper
- olive oil
- 2 tablespoons garlic, minced
- 1 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs, 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 chorizo sausage, Spanish sliced 1/2 inch thick on the bias
- 1 medium onion, chopped fine (about 1 cup)
- 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained, minced, and drained again
- 2 cups rice, Valencia or 2 cups arborio rice
- 3 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 2⁄3 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
- 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. Return chicken and chorizo to pot, increase heat to medium-high and bring to boil, uncovered, stirring occasionally. Cover pot and transfer to oven; cook until rice absorbs almost all liquid, about 15 minutes.
- Remove pot from oven (close oven door to retain heat). Uncover pot; scatter shrimp over 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, 10 to 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.
This was a great dish. Good idea to make it in the dutch oven. I also had to add more liquid. It makes a lot but the leftovers taste great! Served with a green salad (topped with sardines,vinegar,olive oil,s/p) and crackers topped with manchego cheese and a glass of white wine.It was a feast! I'll make it again. Made for zwt.
We enjoyed this recipe. I've thought about getting a paella pan in the past, but don't fix it often enough to warrant paying $100 for one. This was wonderful done in the Dutch oven! I ended up having to add 3/4 cup more liquid (broth) and cooked it for 10 more minutes during the first oven time because the rice just wasn't getting tender. I also added some cayenne pepper to give it more of a kick, just a family preference. This dish is also very pretty!
Thanks so much for this post. ATK's paella was a huge hit at my house but I, personally, felt it lacked depth or complexity or something and was disappointed. We used a bit more chorizo (it came that way;) and did the soccarat step, which was not difficult and was greatly appreciated. Not a difficult recipe but it does dirty every single bowl in the kitchen and I do tire of washing up. Just wish it had been a bit more wonderful. Any thoughts? Paprika? Rabbit? Snails? Skin on chick thighs?