Paella normally contains seafood but our version is made with tender pieces of chicken and vegetables and is really tasty. This is a similar concept to risotto in that the whole meal is cooked in one pan but it’s a bit easier as paella rice doesn’t need constant stirring. This is a great all-in-one supper dish for any time of the year.
– 1 tablespoon olive oil
– 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
– 2 tablespoons chopped cooking chorizo (optional)
– 1 red pepper, deseeded and chopped
– ½ onion, chopped
– 2 garlic cloves, crushed
– 200 g paella rice
– A few strands of saffron or 1 teaspoon turmeric
– 850ml fresh chicken stock or ½ low-salt chicken stock cube dissolved in 850ml boiling water
– 1 small courgette, cut into quarters and then into small slices
– Handful fine green beans, chopped
– 3 broccoli florets, broken into small pieces
1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium-high heat and fry the chicken pieces and chorizo, if using, for about 5 minutes, allowing them to take on a little colour.
2. Add the pepper and onion and allow to soften for a minute or two.
3. Add the garlic, rice and saffron (or turmeric) and stir for a couple of minutes. Keep stirring to make sure the rice doesn’t stick to the bottom of your pan and all the ingredients combine well.
4. Pour over the stock, bring to the boil and then turn down and gently simmer for 10 minutes.
5. Add the courgette, beans and broccoli and then gently simmer for a further 10 minutes.
6. Stir once just to check that the rice has not stuck to the bottom of the pan.
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