Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Chicken Paella

Paella is a Spanish rice dish traditionally prepared in a Paella pan that is large, round and shallow with 2 handles. You can make it just as easily in a normal frying pan.

The recipe calls for ham but I didn't use any. You can also add some seafood if you want or make it vegetarian with some meat substitute and veggie broth.

Grab your ingredients you need to get started.

This recipe uses arborio rice, which is normally used in risotto. It works very well in paella though.

some garlic that we will run through the press or you can just mince it up.

some chopped onion.

some red peppers sliced up.

and your chicken cubed up.

add the veggies and chicken to a pan with some olive oil and stir it up over medium-high heat until the chicken browns.

This will only take a few minutes, in the meantime grab your other ingredients.

Some frozen peas will go in later, but get those out to defrost.

Turmeric, cumin and some chicken broth.

When the chicken is browned get it out of the pan.

And in with the rice.

toast it up until it is lightly browned, keep an eye on it and keep stirring as it will go from good to burnt kind of quickly.

Pour the broth and spices in and add back the chicken and veggies.

Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover it and simmer for about 30-35 minutes

Take off the lid and stir in the peas, cook until the peas are heated through, about 2 minutes and you are ready to eat!!

This is comfort food for sure and perfect for a nice fall evening. This is very versatile and a great way to use up leftovers from the fridge, so experiment and make it with whatever you'd like.


  1. Sounds really good. I didn't realise that you could use risotto rice.


  2. When I had paella in spain they used rabbit rather than chicken... I think I like chicken better ;-)

  3. Hi...

    My Mom wanted to stop by & check out your Food Blog...Tanner told us you make good food...

    My Mom wants to try some of it...She really thinks this chicken thing looks good...

    She will be checking back...

    Abby xxxooo

  4. This looks so delicious! I will try it soon.

  5. This looks very tasty, but it is certainly not paella. More like arroz con pollo.