This recipe is big on flavour, and a breeze to make. It is a huge meal, which you could serve with salad (as it is quite carb-loaded) or eat on its own. This would probably serve 6-8 people. I make a big batch and we eat it over a week, mixing it up with other meals.
Simply cut up the veges, and saute them off, add the rice and stock and leave to cook (while the chicken is roasting in the oven).
The biggest thing is the prep time, which really only takes about 10 minutes. You could do this ahead of time, if you wanted to make it even quicker and easier.
- 1-2 tablespoons of Olive oil
- 2 Onions, roughly chopped
- 4 Garlic cloves, crushed
- 3 Tomatoes, roughly chopped
- 1 Large capsicum chopped into cubes
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- Pinch of saffron or tumeric
- 1.5-2 cups of Arborio rice (I don’t always use Aborio)
- 750ml (3 Cups) Chicken stock
- 2-4 Pieces of Chicken (I buy the organic one from Woolworths that has already been basted)
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Freshly squeezed lime juice
- A big handful of herbs (such as parsley, or rosemary) roughly chopped
- Heat the olive oil over a medium heat and sauté the garlic and some of the herbs until they caramelize.
- Add onions and saute until golden.
- Add tomatoes and cook for another minute.
- Add capsicum to mix. Add the paprika and saffron/tumeric and allow to infuse for 5 minutes.
- Pour the Arborio rice into the pan and toast slightly.
- Add the chicken stock and leave to simmer, until most of the liquid has been absorbed, but the rice is not dry. Do not stir the rice, as you want a crusty layer to form on the bottom of the pan.
- While the paella is cooking, roast the chicken (or cook however you want).
- To serve, place the chicken thighs in paella (I usually pull the meat off the bones). Scatter over the remaining herbs and squeeze over lots of fresh lime.
Regan’s Reaction: As soon as Regan walks in the house (when I am cooking this) he sniffs the delicious air and excitedly asks, “Are you making PAELLA? Yes! I love Paella” He get’s so excited, and always goes back for seconds.