I’ve been going crazy lately for dishes that combine rice and chicken. Pollo con arroz, paella, whatever, it’s all the same to me. I think it’s the saffron. I was craving a chicken/chorizo combination the other night. This recipe is not a true paella by any means. But when you want something that you can whip up in minutes and still get that paella vibe? This is the recipe for you. We used a rotisserie chicken we picked up at Boston Market. Also, we thought that it would have been even better if we had used about half the amount of chorizo that the recipe calls for.
I’m submitting this recipe to be part of the What’s Cooking Wednesday blogging event.
Quick Chicken and Chorizo Paella
recipe courtesy Epicurious
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
14 ounces chorizo, cut into 1/2 inch slices on the diagonal
1 small onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 teaspoon pimenton or paprika
2 cups short- or medium-grain rice
1 pinch saffron threads
2 bay leaves
4 cups chicken stock
1 1/4 pounds roast chicken (meat from 3-pound chicken skinned, deboned, and torn into chunks)
1/2 cup frozen peas
1 tomato, chopped
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Heat oven to 400°F. Heat oil in a large casserole or paella pan over high heat. Add chorizo and cook until browned and fragrant, about 1 minute. Add onion, red bell pepper, and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender, about 3 minutes.
Add rice (medium or short grain rice), pimenton, saffron, and bay leaves. Stir to combine and coat the rice, about 1 minute. Add chicken stock and bring to a boil. Add roast chicken, frozen peas, and tomato; stir to combine.
Transfer skillet to oven. Cook uncovered until rice is tender and no liquid remains, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven. Fluff with a fork and serve immediately.
BTW, just to show you guys what a difference lighting makes in a picture? Here’s the same dish, the night before, using just the light in my kitchen (since my photo light is kaput at the moment). What a difference daylight makes, no?