basic paella

  • ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 chorizo, sliced 
  • 3 x 125g chicken thigh fillets, roughly chopped
  • 1½ cups (300g) arborio rice
  • ¼ cup (60ml) sherry vinegar
  • 2½ cups (625ml) chicken stock
  • 300g mussels, cleaned
  • 350g green (raw) prawns (shrimp), unpeeled
  • ⅓ cup (40g) frozen peas, thawed
  • flat-leaf parsley leaves, to serve

TOMATO SAUCE

  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 200g store-bought roasted red peppers
  • 10 threads saffron 
  • 1 tablespoon thyme leaves
  • 2 teaspoons sweet paprika
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 x 400g tin crushed tomatoes
  • sea salt and cracked black pepper
  1. To make the tomato sauce, place the garlic, onion, red peppers, saffron, thyme, sweet and smoked paprika, tomatoes, salt and pepper in a food processor and process until smooth. Set aside. 
  2. Heat the olive oil in a 4-litre capacity non-stick frying pan or paella pan over high heat. Add the chorizo and cook for 1–2 minutes or until golden. Add the chicken and cook for a further 2-–3 minutes or until browned.
  3. Add the rice and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the vinegar and cook for 1 minute or until absorbed. Stir through the stock and tomato sauce and bring to the boil. 
  4.  Push the mussels and prawns into the rice and reduce heat to low. Cook for 15 minutes without stirring. Increase heat to medium and cook for a further 4 minutes. Remove paella from the heat, top with the peas, cover with aluminium foil and set aside to rest for 15–18 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed. Top with parsley leaves to serve. Serves 4
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