I seriously love Spanish food. For me, Spanish food is comfort food, like someone’s else mac and cheese. Throw a bunch of ingredients together and it’s like a latino’s version of a casserole. Not to mention, there’s just something about the saffron that just makes me happy.
I’m just mad about Saffron.
So when I found this easy, low-fat version of a Spanish classic, I had to give it a whirl. Thankfully, my family loved it and now this meal is a regular on our weekly dinner menu.
Now, if I was a better latina, I would go to the bodega to buy my chorizo, but I’m too lazy for that, which is just sad really because there’s a bodega on every corner in Tampa. However, there is really no need for me to make an extra trip to the bodega, except to support small business owners which I really should instead of giving money to big corporation.
But in one weekly shopping trip to my local Target, I can buy MSG-free Archer Farms Chorizo Sausage as well as pick up a allergy medication, tampons, a cute sundress, some new sandals for my kids and deeply discounted running clothes. See how I save money shopping at Target?
But this post is about paella not summer deals at Target.
Chicken and Chorizo Paella (Pollo y Chorizo Paella)
(Borrowed from So Easy by Ellie Krieger)
1 Tbsp olive oil
3 chorizo sausage links
1 lb skinless boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 medium onion, chopped
1 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups low-sodium free range chicken broth
½ cup frozen peas
1 cup uncooked white rice
1 ripe tomato, chopped
¼ sliced green Spanish olives with pimentos
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp ground black pepper
¼ tsp turmeric
Pinch of Saffron threads
Preheat oven to 375.
Using a large, heavy skillet with lid, heat olive oil in skillet on a medium heat. Add chorizo links and cook for about 3 minutes on each side or until brown. Remove links from skillet and slice into ½ inch round slices. Return chorizo to skillet and add chicken. Cook both meats together for about 5 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink on outside. Transfer chicken and chorizo to a plate.
Add onions to skillet and cook, stirring often until softened, about 3-5 minutes. (There should be enough oil in the pan left from the chorizo, but if need be, add 1 Tbsp olive oil to skillet.) Add garlic and cook for about a minute. Return chicken and chorizo to skillet and add chicken broth, peas, rice, tomato, olives, salt, pepper, turmeric and saffron. Bring to a boil, cover and transfer to oven. Cook until rice is tender and the liquid is completely absorbed, 25-45 minutes*.
*Time may vary depending on oven. This dish takes closer to 45 minutes in my oven.
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