Perfect Paella

READY IN: 40mins
Recipe by CarolAT

This is a Rachael Ray recipe so you know it is easy and good. The combination of chicken, chorizo, and sea food mixed with the spices and rice make this a wonderful dish. I am not a mussel fan, so I left them out when making this recipe.

Top Review by Bonnie G 2

DH and I traveled to Spain many years ago and NEVER tried the Paella and always talk about regreting that. Saw this recipe when trying to select choses for PAC and knew I had to try it as soon as I could find all the ingrediants. Sooooo glad I did; it's an explosian of flavors with the chicken, seafood and chorizo - DH still had his mouth full while telling me it's a 5 star and you've GOT to make this again. At first I was a little nervous about making it but once I got started realized it was pretty easy. The only change I made was to add fresh mushrooms instead of peas. I would have liked the peas for the color and flavor, but DH hates them and as this was for him I subed mushrooms. It was excellant. Thanks so much for posting.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a very wide pan or paella pan, preheated over medium-high heat, add 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil crushed garlic, red pepper flakes, add rice and saute 2 or 3 minutes. Add saffron threads, bay leaf, broth, and thyme and bring liquids to a boil over high heat. Cover the pan with lid or foil and reduce heat to simmer.
  2. In a separate non-stick skillet, over medium-high heat brown chicken on both sides in 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Add peppers and onions to the pan and cook 3 minutes longer. Add chorizo to the pan and cook 2 minutes more. Remove pan from heat.
  3. After about 13 minutes, add shellfish to the rice pan, nesting them in cooking rice. Pour in peas, scatter lemon zest over the rice and seafood, then cover the pan again. After 5 minutes, remove cover or foil from the paella and discard any unopened mussel shells. Stir rice and seafood mixture and lift out bay and thyme stems. Arrange cooked chicken and peppers, onions and chorizo around the pan. Top with parsley and scallions.
  4. Serve with wedges of lemon and warm crusty bread.

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