Sunday, 30 October 2011

Hola! Paella with Chicken and Chorizo!!

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One of my absolutely fave place in London is Borough Market, where one can find loads of fresh , wonderful and sometimes unusual produce! I made a trip there recently and look at what I found....aren't they pretty? I also bought  big bowl of the sweetest plum tomatoes I ever tasted for only £1!
Pattypan and Carnival Squash
Brindisa, a Spanish food store in Borough Market is the place to go when you want to find any food related spanish stuff!! Jamon, chorizo, paprika, saffron, paella name it and they will have it! Stocked up on some chorizo, calasparra rice, paprika so of course i had to cook us some Paella when we got home! I still don't own a paella pan so I just used one of my heavy bottom cast iron pan which worked well too.
Adapted from Gordon Ramsay World Kitchen. Serves 4 to 6.
400g Bomba or Calasparra rice
6 boneless skinless chicken thighs, about 600g
sea salt and black pepper
200g chorizo sausage
3 tbsp olive oil
1 red pepper, cored deseeded and chopped
1 orange pepper, cored deseeded and chopped
6 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
1 litre vegetable stock
pinch of saffron threads
3/4 tsp smoked paprika
100g peas, thawed if frozen
6 large tomatoes, skinned deseeded and chopped
handful of flat leaf parsley leaves, chopped
lemon wedges, to serve

1) Rinse the rice well, drain and set aside. Cut the chicken in to bitesize pieces and season with salt and pepper. Cut the chorizo sausage into thick slices.
2) Heat olive oil in a large pan and brown the chicken pieces all over. Remove to a plate and set aside.Add the chorizo slices to the pan and saute for 2 mins, then add the chopped peppers and garlic. Cook for 3-4 mins, stirring frequently until peppers start to soften.
3) Stir in the rice and cook, stirring, for a few mins to taste the grains. Add stock, saffron and paprika. Bring it to a boil, add chicken pieces and lower the heat. Simmer for 15 mins, untouched. What we want is for a crust to form at the bottom so we should minimise any stirring.
4) Add the peas and chopped tomatoes, giving it a gentle stir and continue cooking for a further 10-15 mins, untouched. When rice is cooked and retains a slight bite, remove the pan from the heat and leave to stand for a few mins.
5) Scatter chopped parsley over the paella then serve with lemon wedges.


  1. This is one of our fave dishes. The chorizo makes the rice so flavoursome with all its fat and juices :)

  2. I just made paella too two days ago...:)! I love the addition of chorizo, sounds and looks yummy!!

  3. What a gorgeous paella! It looks so scrumptious. I really love the ingredients you used.



  4. You have made one of the most gorgeous looking paellas I have ever seen! Both chicken and chorizo are among my favourite ingredients in it. I have been dreaming of Borough Market for years. It is on the top of the list for my next London trip (unless, like last time, I spend too much time clothes shopping...).

  5. Paella is one of my favorite food! I've made Paella-ish, but not so authentic. Chicken and chorizo sound so good. I love carb like pasta and rice, and it's my weakness. I'm just drooling over your beautiful paella...

  6. yum!! It looks fabulous! I'm so hungry now!

  7. It looks so good! The chorizo must have added robust flavors into this dish!

  8. Nice, looks bright, colorful and its calling me:)

  9. This is perfect....
    I love paella and yours my dear is screaming flavors....

  10. Thanks for the compliments everyone!

  11. I absolutely love paella! I love the Jamon Serrano from Brindisa!!

  12. I LOVE chorizo! This dish looks amazing! I am making this soon!

  13. I adore paella--and yours is particularly nice-looking!

  14. This is fantastic. I love the recipe and also the pictures. The ingredient list is exceptional.

  15. What a great paella recipe! Can I assume that the chorizo is Spanish chorizo? It looks like it. I just picked up some, so this recipe is good timing.

  16. I LOVE paella!! Although am embarrassed to say that I've never made it at home. I think I need to start with this recipe. It looks too good to pass up!

  17. This looks so delicious. Would love for you to share this with us over at


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