Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Chicken Paella

My sister bought me some saffron for my Christmas gift this year. It was quite a creative gift. I've been trying to decide what to make with it. Well, a few weeks back, I made chicken paella. One day, I may be brave enough to make a seafood paella but that will be in the future. The dish I made tonight was very tasty. As usual, I loosely followed a recipe that I found online.

The fun part is that I bought the bacon, chorizo and the chicken from a local butcher shop, Belmont Butcher. The even cooler part is that the bacon and chorizo were made and cured at the butcher shop. We had flourless peanut butter cookies for dessert.

Ingredients:
2 slices of bacon, chopped
1/2 lb. boneless chicken thighs, cut into small pieces
1 onion, diced
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
2 cups basmati rice
4 cups of chicken stock
½ teaspoon of saffron threads
½ teaspoon of chili powder
2 bay leaves
salt and pepper to taste
½ cup of corn kernels
½ cup of green peas
1 chorizo sausage

Preparation:
Steep the saffron in heated chicken broth. Fry the bacon until golden (add oil at the beginning as necessary). Remove from pan. Cook the chicken until done. Remove from pan. Add oil if necessary, saute onion until translucent. Add rice and garlic stirring until coated with oil. Add 2 cups of broth and simmer while covered. When liquid has cooked down, add another cup of liquid. Repeat with the remaining cup of liquid. Once rice is almost done, add the corn, green peas, chicken, bacon and the chorizo. Taste and season to taste. Then, serve.

1 comment:

Vanessa said...

I love Paella, Thank you!