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Exquisite Seafood Symphony: Saffron-infused Paella


About the Dish:

Paella is a Spanish rice dish that originated in the Valencia region. It is a flavorful and colorful dish that is often made with a combination of meat, seafood, and vegetables. The dish is cooked in a large, shallow pan called a paellera, which allows the rice to cook evenly and develop a crispy bottom layer known as socarrat. Paella is traditionally seasoned with saffron, which gives it a vibrant yellow color and distinct flavor. It is a popular dish for special occasions and celebrations in Spain.

Nutrition Information:

Nutrient Amount
Total Fat 10g
Saturated Fat 3g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 100mg
Sodium 800mg
Total Carbohydrates 40g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 2g
Protein 20g


Ingredient Quantity
Chicken thighs 4
Shrimp 1 pound
Mussels 1 pound
Chorizo sausage 1/2 pound
Onion 1
Garlic cloves 4
Tomato 1
Red bell pepper 1
Green peas 1 cup
Arborio rice 2 cups
Chicken broth 4 cups
Saffron threads 1/4 teaspoon
Paprika 1 teaspoon
Salt 1/2 teaspoon
Black pepper 1/4 teaspoon
Olive oil 2 tablespoons

Cooking Instructions:

  • Step 1: Heat the olive oil in a paellera or large, shallow pan over medium heat. Add the chicken thighs and cook until browned on both sides. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.
  • Step 2: Add the chorizo sausage to the pan and cook until crispy. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  • Step 3: In the same pan, add the onion, garlic, and red bell pepper. Cook until softened.
  • Step 4: Add the tomato, paprika, saffron, salt, and black pepper. Cook for a few minutes until the tomato has softened.
  • Step 5: Add the rice to the pan and stir to coat it in the tomato mixture. Cook for a minute or two.
  • Step 6: Pour in the chicken broth and bring to a simmer. Return the chicken and chorizo to the pan.
  • Step 7: Cover the pan with a lid or aluminum foil and cook for about 20 minutes, or until the rice is tender and the liquid has been absorbed.
  • Step 8: Add the shrimp, mussels, and green peas to the pan. Cover and cook for another 5 minutes, or until the shrimp are pink and the mussels have opened.
  • Step 9: Remove from heat and let the paella rest for a few minutes before serving. Serve hot.

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