Thursday, August 14, 2008

Seafood and Chicken Paella

2 pounds meaty chicken pieces
Salt and Pepper
4 ounces cooked ham, prosciutto, or capicollo, chopped
4 ounces chorizo or any spicy sausage, bulk crumbled or links cut into
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 small red and/or green sweet peppers, cut into 1-inch pieces
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 cups short-grain rice
2 tablespoons snipped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 teaspoon saffron threads crushed
4 cups chicken broth or seafood stock
1/2 cup dry white wine
6 ounces fresh green beans, cut into 2-inch pieces, or frozen cut green
beans (about 1 cup)
1 medium tomato, chopped
12 small mussels or clams, cleaned or 1 pound firm fish steaks (halibut,
swordfish or shark), cut into 1-inch pieces
12 ounces medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
6 jumbo shrimp (prawns), peeled and deveined; crawfish tails; or
1 lobster tail, cut into 6 pieces
1 cup frozen peas
1/2 lemon, cut into wedges
Snipped fresh parsley

Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Cook chicken, ham and sausage in hot oil in a 14 inch paella pan over medium heat for 10 minutes, turning occasionally, or till lightly browned. Remove chicken from skillet, set aside.

Add onion, sweet peppers, and garlic to pan. Cook and stir 5 minutes more. Add rice, the 2 tablespoons of parsley, red pepper, and saffron; stir till combined. Slowly add stock or broth and wine. Return chicken to pan. Bring to boiling, reduce heat, and cook, covered for 10 minutes. Stir in green beans, tomato and mussels, clams, or fish. Return to boiling, and cook 10 minutes more. Stir in shrimp, shrimp, crawfish, or lobster tail; and peas. Cook and stir gently for 3 to 5 minutes or till shrimp are opaque. Cover pan; let sit for 5 to 30 minutes for rice to plump and absorb flavors.

To serve, season to taste with salt and pepper and garnish with lemon wedges and parsley.


Anonymous said...

You made the paella and it looks soo much better than mine! Way to show me up :-) j/k but great job and will have to try you recipe soon!

RecipeGirl said...

This looks absolutely delicious! I've been thinking that it's time to make some paella again.

Bryan said...

I had made this awhile ago and agree it is about time to make it again.