Easy Spanish Paella
Dinner Party Ideas
A colorful rice dish bursting with prawns, chicken, chorizo and saffron for tons of flavor. You don’t need much else to serve alongside it, maybe just a side of greens, crusty bread and a glass of chilled Spanish rose wine.
1 - 2 tbsp olive oil
1 can crushed tomato
1 tsp saffron threads, infused in 1 tbsp boiled water
1 1/2 cups paella rice (or risotto rice if not available)
200g cured chorizo, sliced
200g squid (calamari), cut into thick rings
300g chicken thigh fillets
3-4 cups chicken or seafood stock (store-bought or homemade)
8 large prawns, whole (shell on)
1 lemon, cut into wedges
1 cup onion, diced
1 cup carrot, diced
1 cup capsicum, sliced
1 cup celery, sliced
2 tbsp garlic, crushed
3 tbsp parsley, chopped
Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add garlic, onion, carrot, celery and cook for 2 minutes. Add capsicum, cook for 1 minute. Remove and set aside.
Sear the chorizo until brown on each side remove and set aside. sear the squid briefly, then remove and set aside.
Add a splash of oil, cook chicken until lightly brown. Add rice and mix until the grains are coated in oil. Add in browned vegetables, parsley, ¾ of the chorizo, stock and stir in crushed tomato and saffron.
Reduce temperature and simmer gently for 10 minutes - no stirring. Partly submerge the prawns into the rice and simmer gently until the liquid has been mostly absorbed (8 minutes or so). Check the rice is cooked (should be firm but cooked) – if too firm, add a splash of water and cook a bit longer.
Remove from stove. Garnish with squid and ¼ chorizo and cover with lid to rest for 5 minutes. Serve with a sprinkle of extra parsley and wedges of lemon.
Can you prepare paella ahead of time?
Paella is the perfect party food and can absolutely be made ahead of time and served buffet style.
Can you freeze Paella?
Paella is a great make-ahead meal and freezes well. Simply thaw in the fridge before reheating.
How to reheat leftover paella?
The best way to reheat paella in a frying pan with a bit of extra oil, water or stock to retain the same texture as when it was originally cooked.
Calories 512, Fat 13 grams, Cholesterol 56 milligrams, Sodium 1439 milligrams, Carbs 63.2 grams, Protein 32.8 grams