Spanish Seafood Paella

"Looking for a traditional Spanish recipe? Without doubt, the best-known is going to be the prodigious paella ... that tasty, adaptable, gregarious dish famed throughout Spain."
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Ready In:
1hr 45mins




  • With a heavy cleaver, chop each breast half into 3 pieces and each leg into 4 pieces.
  • Combine the oil, onion, and garlic in a 12- to 14-inch skillet or paella pan and place over low heat.
  • When the onion begins to sizzle, increase the heat to medium.
  • Add the chicken pieces a few at a time and cook until lightly browned, sprinkling them with a little of the salt, pepper and paprika as they cook.
  • As they brown, move the chicken pieces to the outside of the pan to make room for more in the center.
  • When all the chicken has lost its raw color, add the squid, peppers, green onion, and the remaining salt, and crumble in the saffron. Stir in the rice, cooking for a minute or so to coat it with the oil.
  • Add warm stock to within 1 inch of the rim of the pan (not all the stock may be needed).
  • Arrange the shrimp over the top, and the mussels or clams in a ring around the outside, hinged side down.
  • Cook at a lively simmer until the rice is just tender, about 20 minutes; scatter the peas over the top halfway through the cooking time.
  • The paella may seem a little soupy when it first comes off the fire, but the rice will absorb the excess liquid in a few minutes.
  • Tip:This works well woth boneless, skinless chicken thighs as suggested by YaYa.

Questions & Replies

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  1. brad h.
    I see mussels in the photos but you don't list them in the recipe but you do list clams. Which is it or is it interchangeable?


  1. Fadingstarlight
    I live in Spain and as much as I am sure this was good... It is no one near a "traditional" paella. Seafood and chicken never get mixed. Paprika , peas and carrots have never been in any paella i have seen in Spain. What area of Spain is this receipe from. i am in Valencia which believed to be the birthplace of the paella. Another this is you didnt use colorante which makes the rice yellow and adds flavor which is saffron. That is the key ingredient to traditional paellas. Yours looks really good but unfortunetly it is not authentic and never would be seen here. Maybe in another spanish speaking country?
  2. quit2k
    I didn't try this recipe because it makes (obviously) a huge amount and no indication how to scale downward. I'm a 6'2", 210+ pound grownassed man. If I got one or two bros we couldn't eat nearly this much.
  3. YaYa1689
    This dish is easy to prepare and is delicious! I could not find mussels or clams in our small town so I doubled up on some beautiful large shrimp. (See Pix) As you can see, I left the shells on for flavor, next time I will remove all the shell but the tail section. I started in my small 12" pan and after adding the rice I ran and got the big pan. This recipe made enough for 8-12 or more people depending on what else you served. I used frozen squid I had purchased from an Asian marken in San Antonio, it worked perfectly. I forgot to buy the bag of peas and found a box of peas and carrots in the freezer and it was tasty as can be! Next time, I will use more onion and slice it in med-thick size halved-rings and more bell peppers. The chicken I used was boned, skinned thighs. I love the chicken in paella. The only thing that I found missing was Spanish smoked or regular paprika which is a must. Thank you for posting this wonderful recipe!


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