Chicken Paella

A great and simple recipe. Doesn’t take a lot of time and has a terrific result.

Chicken Paella

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:

8 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved (about 3/4 cup)
1 bunch parsley, stems removed (about 2 cups)
1 small red onion, sliced
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
1/2 cup jarred baby artichoke hearts, halved
Salt and pepper
2 1/4 cups low-sodium chicken stock
1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 pound fresh Spanish chorizo, cut into 1/4-inch slices
1 small onion, diced (about 1/2 cup)
6 garlic cloves, minced (about 1/4 cup)
1 cup calaspara or Arborio rice
1/4 cup fresh or frozen peas
1/4 cup jarred piquillo pepper, thinly sliced
10 ounces shredded cooked chicken (about 2 cups)

1. Make the parsley salad: In a large mixing bowl, toss the cherry tomatoes with the parsley, onion, vinegar and artichoke hearts. Season with salt and pepper and toss again. Let stand at room temperature while you make the paella.

2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a small saucepan, bring the chicken stock to simmer. Remove the stock from the heat, stir in the saffron, cover and set aside.

3. In a large, heavy skillet or paella pan, combine the olive oil, chorizo, onion and garlic and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the onion softens and the chorizo begins to brown, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add the rice and mix to coat the grains completely.

4. Stir in the reserved chicken stock, peas, pepper and chicken; season with salt and pepper. Cover the pan and bake for 15 minutes. Uncover and bake until the edges are golden brown and the rice is cooked through, about 25 to 30 minutes. Adjust seasoning, if necessary. Top the paella with the parsley salad and serve immediately.

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