Monday, May 21, 2012

CHICKEN PAELLA

CHICKEN PAELLA

 Paella!! Paella!!  Paella!!

I can keep saying this word over and over again, it fills me up with so much of warmth.

Lately, I have been reading a lot about Spanish food and and Paella definetly tops the list.

And so today, I made my very first chicken paella and I absolutely loved it.

I know usually Paella is made with different seafoods but since I did not have any in hand, I used chicken instead.

Next time I am definetly trying it with seafood.
Serve it with a glass of white wine.
Simply perfecto!!

 INGREDIENTS:
150 grams boneless chicken pieces
1 ¾ cup paella rice / long grain rice
1 large onion
1 tbsp garlic paste
1 red bellpepper diced
3 tomatoes diced
2 tbsp tomato puree
1 tbsp red chilli powder / smoked paprika.
Large pinch of saffron threads
600 – 700 ml chicken stock( I used the knorr cube)
100 grams green peas
80 grams black olives diced
3 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp parsley chopped
Salt

METHOD:
In a large frying pan, heat oil, add the chopped onion and garlic paste.

Stir till the onion turns pale golden.

Add in the peppers, tomatoes and chicken.

Cook for 5 mins.

Toss the rice in with the vegetables, mix in the tomato puree, red chilli powder, saffron strands and the chicken stock.

Add green peas and salt.
 
Bring the stock to a boil, stirring, then cover and simmer for 20 minutes or till the rice is cooked.

Stir in olives and chopped parsley.

Drizzle  some more olive oil on top, serve in bowls.



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