chicken, mussels and prawn paella with turmeric rice in black pan

Chicken and seafood paella: A hearty feast for the whole family. Photo by Boris Hamer: https://www.pexels.com/photo/a-close-up-shot-of-a-seafood-paella-10055905/

Chicken and seafood paella: A hearty feast for the whole family

If you have been to food festivals or love Mediterranean food, you enjoy feasting with the family. Make your own chicken and seafood paella this weekend.

chicken, mussels and prawn paella with turmeric rice in black pan

Chicken and seafood paella: A hearty feast for the whole family. Photo by Boris Hamer: https://www.pexels.com/photo/a-close-up-shot-of-a-seafood-paella-10055905/

When it comes to family meals, everybody has a favourite. When it comes to countries and regions that are contemporary and known for their family meals, it’s the countries along the Mediterranean Sea. Italy has pastas and pizza, Portugal has various seafood meals and Spain has Paella. It’s known by non-Spanish people as it’s national dish but is just known for being great to share with your family and is often seen at food festivals. Our chicken and seafood paella is perfect for the home cook.

Chicken and seafood paella tips

When cooking your mussels and prawns, remember that they cook quite quickly and you can cook them in some garlic and lemon butter. Don’t cook the rice too much before adding to your large pan as it will cook in the water and stock for longer. Only add the seafood into the paella at the end so that it doesn’t get overcooked. The pimento peppers are perfectly mild and add some incredible flavour and spice without being too hot.

Make sure that you have a large cooking surface for your paella as it becomes quite the one-pan feast.

If you have been to food festivals or love Mediterranean food, you enjoy feasting with the family. Make your own chicken and seafood paella this weekend.

Chicken and seafood paella recipe

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Recipe by Gary Dunn Course: MainCuisine: SpanishDifficulty: Moderate
Servings

10

servings
Prep time

20

minutes
Cooking time

1

hour 

30

minutes
Total time

1

hour 

50

minutes

Ingredients

  • 750 m cooked rice

  • 2 kg chicken

  • 225 g pork sausages

  • 225 g cooked mussels

  • 5 whole, skinned tomatoes

  • 3 large onions, chopped

  • 2 red pimento peppers

  • 250 g mushrooms, halved

  • 2-3 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 100 g cooked prawns

  • juice of 1 lemon

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 5 ml turmeric

  • 3 ml paprika

  • 30 ml olive oil

  • 15 ml vegetable oil

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • chopped parsley to garnish

Method

  • Section the chicken into it’s separate pieces or use store-bought pieces. Place into a large and flat pan.
  • Brown and cook the chicken in the olive oil with the pork sausages until golden brown.
  • Add chopped onions and garlic. Fry until soft and add tomatoes, rice, salt, pepper, paprika, bay leaves and turmeric.
  • Cover with water or chicken stock and simmer for 30 minutes until chicken is tender.
  • In a frying pan, heat the vegetable oil, fry red pimento peppers cut into shreds and add mushrooms which have been simmered in lemon juice.
  • To this, add cooked shrimps and mussels.
  • When the rice mixture is hot, blend with the seafood and remove bay leaves.
  • Garnish with parsley and season again to taste if needed.

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