Paella is a Spanish rice dish. I first tried it on a holiday on the Spanish Balearic Island of Majorca and thought it was the tastiest rice dish I had ever tried. So I continue to try it regularly! I read somewhere that Paella is made by males in the household. It is made by them to give females the day off from cooking. I’m afraid it doesn’t happen in my household. This is why, in my opinion, it is such an easy meal to make as it has to be easy for males to make! LOL. But as a female, I love to make Paella. Here is my easy Paella recipe.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Small onion or leek, chopped
- Small red capsicum, sliced
- 1 garlic clove or 1 teaspoon garlic powder or paste
- Small chorizo sausage, chopped or sliced
- 1 chicken breast, cut into bite size pieces
- 12 peeled cooked prawns, large ones or about 20 small ones.
- Teaspoon turmeric
- 6 saffron threads
- 11/2 cup basmati or arborio rice
- 2 cups chicken stock, or you can use water if stock not available
- Cup frozen peas or frozen vegetables (peas, corn, carrot - chopped)
- Lemon wedges, optional.
- Heat oil in a Paella dish or a deep fry pan or skillet. Cook chicken pieces until golden and set aside.
- Fry onion, chorizo, garlic, capsicum till soft and cooked to your liking.
- Add the rice, turmeric and saffron and stir everything in.
- Add stock, chicken and handful of veggies. Bring to boil then reduce heat and cook on low for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Lastly, add cooked prawns and stir through. Heat for 5 minutes.
- Serve immediately with or without lemon wedges. A squeeze of lemon juice from the lemon wedge for extra flavour.
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