Friday, December 18, 2009

seafood and chicken paella... 1 hour and 15 minutes

the goods:

4 and 1/2 cups chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon crushed saffron
1 teaspoon paprika (smoked or sweet)
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
4 skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs
6 ounces dried chorizo, sliced 1/4-inch thick
1/2 medium onion, diced small
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 large tomatoes, chopped
1 and 1/2 cups Arborio rice
12 mussels, scrubbed (discard ANY open ones)
1/2 pound medium shell-on shrimp, deveined

In a saucepan, combine broth, saffron, and paprika; bring to a simmer and keep warm. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium. Season chicken with salt and pepper. When oil is very hot, cook chicken, skin side down, until skin is golden, 5 to 7 minutes. Flip, spoon off all but 1 teaspoon fat from skillet, and push chicken to side.

Add chorizo to skillet and cook until browned, about 3 minutes. Add onion and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes.

Add tomatoes and cook, stirring frequently, until thickened, about 10 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with rack in lowest position.

Add rice; stir to coat thoroughly with tomato-chorizo mixture. Stir in hot broth and 1/2 teaspoon salt (skillet will be very full). Arrange chicken evenly on top, making sure rice is submerged.

Bring to a boil and cook, stirring rice occasionally, 8 minutes.

Nestle mussels in cooking liquid and cook 2 minutes more (discard any mussels that do not open).

Arrange shrimp on top.

Place skillet in oven and cook until all liquid is absorbed, 10 to 12 minutes.

Let paella stand 10 minutes before serving.

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