Originally a food of farmers and laborers, paella has come a long way from its humble beginnings. It is a dish that can be inspired by whatever you have on hand at the moment, and will always satisfy! My Chicken, Shrimp & Chorizo Paella recipe is just my own, fun interpretation, half the fun is making it your own, no go have some fun!
a little history of the dish
Paella got its start by being the lunchtime meal that fed the farmers in the middle of the field where they worked. It was usually made over a wood-burning fire and was filled with whatever was growing around the rice fields.
Tomatoes, onions, and snails, with a few beans, added for flavor and texture. Rabbit or duck might also have been added, and for special occasions, chicken plus a touch of saffron for extra special color and flavor.
Paella was also traditionally eaten straight from the pan in which it was cooked with each person using his own wooden spoon. This is truly a dish that brings people together and that is what it is intended for!
If you are really in love with knowing more about where paella got its start and how it got its name, click HERE for more history!
Making Paella at Home
Where you can find the most joy in creating your own personal paella is in applying a few basic techniques, then switching up the ingredient list to fit your style. The #1 tip I can share is when it comes to your proteins know when to add them.
If you are adding chicken on the bone to the recipe, I would suggest searing it off at the bottom of the pan first, then adding in the veggies and rice to toast them. The chicken will take the longest to cook out of everything, so you want to start it first. But the seafood will cook much quicker, so you want to season it, but add it at the end just so it steams to perfection.
Now, paella gets its name from the actual cooking vessel itself, (paella means pan) but don’t let that stop you from making it at home. I have a pan that I don’t use nearly enough, so if you have a big frying pan, put that to work and enjoy it! Carbon steel pans also require a bit of upkeep like a cast iron, so be sure to take good care of it or it will rust.
What gives Paella it’s color?
Paella gets its classic yellowish color from Saffron. While buying a TON of saffron can be quite expensive, it is becoming more and more available in smaller quantities that are more attainable. You will only need a small amount to make a big impact so don’t fear.
This is a great option, while it will up your per-person cost of the dish. It is an indulgence that I only make once in a while so I feel ok getting it when I need it.
You can also boost that color by using turmeric, or pimenton and other spices if you don’t want to purchase saffron. Just know what you miss by not using it is the floral notes and tones the saffron provides. I like to use a mix of the sweet and hot pimenton even with my saffron when I make paella.
Chicken, Shrimp & Chorizo Paella
- 1 lb Chicken Legs or wing pieces
- 1 lb Shrimp peeled, deveined, tails on
- 1 T Olive Oil
- 1 lg Yellow Onion diced
- 4 cloves Garlic sliced
- 2.2 lb Paella Rice
- 3 oz Chorizo diced. Use hard Spanish chorizo, not Mexican chorizo.
- 10 bag Sweet Peas frozen
- 1/2 C Spanish Olives with some juice
- 1 C Grape Tomatoes halved
- 3 14.5 oz cans Chicken Stock
- 1 gram Saffron
- 1 t Hot Pimenton Paprika
- 1 t Sweet Pimenton Paprika
- 2 Lemons
- 2 Limes
- Salt as needed
- Pepper as needed
- 1 bunch Parsley or Green Onions chopped
- In separate bowls, season the chicken and shrimp with salt, pepper, and a couple of dashes of each paprika. Set aside.
- In a large skillet or paella pan, 12-inch or larger, heat the olive oil and sear off the chicken pieces. Rotate until crisp on all sides and remove from the pan. Set aside.
- Add the onion to the pan and cook until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 2 minutes longer. Add the rice to the onions and garlic and cook for about 5 minutes until the rice begins to brown. Deglaze the pan with 1 can of chicken stock and bring to a boil for 3-5 minutes. Add the chorizo and stir to combine.
- Add the peas, olives, and tomatoes and cook until heated through. Add another can of chicken stock and boil, 5 minutes.
- Season the mixture with salt, pepper, saffron, and 1 teaspoon each of the paprikas. Stir to combine and taste the liquid, adjust the seasonings if needed.
- Add the remaining can of chicken stock and the juice of one lemon and one lime. Place the seared chicken pieces on top, pressing them into the rice.
- Tightly cover the pan with a layer of parchment paper and tin foil. Cook over medium heat for 20 minutes.
- Carefully remove the cover and gently stir the rice mixture. Place the seasoned shrimp and the slices of 1 lemon and 1 lime on top of the rice and recover. Simmer 8-10 minutes more until the shrimp have fully cooked.
- Top with parsley or green onions and serve.
If you make this recipe, please let me know by leaving a review at the bottom of this page!
Christmas Advent Calendar
A new recipe every day from December 1-24 from me or one of my friends!
We have been working hard to bring you some great recipes that will bring the family together each night leading to Christmas Day. I hope you enjoy them and be sure to let us know if you make them by tagging any of us on Instagram through the month.
Christmas Advent Calendar Recipes
- Day 1 – Kendell’s Candy Cane Coffee Creamer
- Day 2 – Kendell’s Hazelnut Honeycomb
- Day 3 – Lori’s Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons
- Day 4 – Kendell’s Sugar-Free Hot Cocoa Mix
- Day 5 – Sarah’s Cranberry Orange Baked Oatmeal
- Day 6 – Kendell shares Joanna Gaines Peanut Butter Balls
- Day 7 – Kendell’s Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti with Peppermints
- Day 8 – Kathryn’s Chocolate Espresso Silk Pie
- Day 9 – Ruchi’s Holiday Rose Cocktail
- Day 10 – Kendell shares Olivia’s Famous Peppermint Cookies
- Day 11 – Niki’s Puff Pastry Breakfast Braid
- Day 12 – Lori’s Danish Puff Pastry
- Day 13 – Kendell shares Grandpas Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Day 14 – Sarah’s Nutella Hot Chocolate
- Day 15 – Kendell shares Great Aunt Sally’s Pecan Butter Balls
- Day 16 – Kendell’s Homemade “Oreo” Cookie
- Day 17 – Kathryn’s Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Bread
- Day 18 – Kendell’s Nordic Gingerbread Village
- Day 19 – Niki’s Short Rib Ragu
- Day 20 – Kendell’s Velveeta-Free Pimento Cheese
- Day 21 – Christmas Morning Breakfast Foccacia
- Day 22 – Kristi shares Stacy’s Hot Buttered Rum
- Day 23 – Kendell’s Chorizo, Shrimp, & Chicken Paella
- Day 24 – Kendell’s Artichoke 3 Cheese Dip
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