Chicken & Chorizo Paella

Sorry for not writing sooner, but I’ve just come back from the Balearic Islands, where incidently I consumed a lot of paella!

But before I went away I decided to make my own version. As my lovely friend was coming over (she has a great baking blog…Diary of a Bakeaholic, check it out!) I decided to make something different for dinner that I haven’t done before….a bit risky but it was worth it!

My boyfriend cannot eat shellfish, so I chose to make a chicken and chorizo paella, which I’ve got to say went down extremely well!

So, to make this tasty treat you will need:

Paella rice (about 60/70g per person)
Paprika (or Saffron if you have it..I used both!)
1 Garlic clove
Peppers
1 Onion
Chicken Breasts
Chorizo
Bacon
Chicken Stock

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First things first, fry off the chicken in a pan..unfortunately when making this I didn’t have a paella pan 😦 (although I’ve now bought one from Spain!) You can use any pan/wok you like.

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Whilst the chicken is browning, chop up some bacon into lardons and cut some of your chorizo into chunks:

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Take the chicken out of the pan when nearly cooked and browned and place on a warm plate. In the same pan you can add the onions and chopped up garlic, then add the bacon and let it simmer for a while. After a few minutes, you can add the chorizo.

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This is the best part! The chorizo give out a great smell as well as lets out all the fat and oil into the pan, it’s such a great colour!

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Now you can add the chicken back into the pan and add some chicken stock into the mix!

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Pour in the paella rice and give it one good stir..

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Then you can let it simmer for 20 minutes, covering with foil so that the heat traps in if you do not have a lid for your pan. You can also put the paella into the oven if you have an ovenproof pan. But keep an eye on things and make sure you do not stir the mixture too much…just leave it to work it’s magic!

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You can add more stock to the mix if everything has been soaked up and the rice is not quite cooked..the best thing to do is check and taste!

When it’s ready, you can add a few sprigs of parsley and ENJOY 🙂 I had a very happy friend and boyfriend…although both asked for more, which I didn’t have…need to make bigger portions next time!

I’d definitely recommend using some saffron if you can, as well as a great colour, it gives the paella an amazing taste that accompanies the chorizo perfectly!

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