A different slant on Chicken Paella

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  1. namwaldog

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    We both enjoy cooking and eating Paella especially in Spain with the local ingredients. We have however both seemed to have developed a dislike for the dried pimento that seems to be an ingredient in most of the colourings/flavourings that we buy to make the Paella. So we decided to try a new slant on it and thought about different things we could do.

    Today we tried this..
    A good glug of olive oil in the paella pan, chopped onion, chopped celery, chopped ginger, salt, pepper, pinch of dried chilli flakes, chicken ( we used skinless chicken thighs cut in two) and brown off on the cooker. We would have normally added chopped garlic at this stage but had found someone on the market selling wild garlic so chopped about three stalks of that and added it with the vegetables later.
    Add a good glug of white wine to clear off the bottom of the pan and then add any veg you want. We put Judas beans, broccoli, mushrooms and thin carrots. We then added the juice of three lemons and a teaspoon of sugar. Put the lid on so that the veg steam in the wine vapours.
    We added a cup full of paella rice and two cups of warm water to the pan and stirred it all in. Left it on low heat with the lid on, stirring occasionally until most of the liquid has been absorbed.

    1 rice to 2 water should allow the rice to be cooked before it boils dry.

    Leave lid on and turn off the heat and allow last of liquor to be absorbed for about 5 minutes and then enjoy with a glass of whatever you want!

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    A nice one pan recipe all cooked outside on a small one burner camping stove!
     
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    image.jpeg Nice recipe. We love cooking and eating our version of chicken and chorizo paella.
    We have found the paella spice mix in Mercadonna to be excellent.
    It is in a plastic tub similar to the scwartz spices we get at home.
     
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    the last time we cooked paella we found the chorizo gave it all the colour it needed, the trick is to use the correct rice as you obviously know already !! my problem has always been estimating how much rice !! I cooked it for about 14 people for the royal wedding last year, but ended up with enough for at least 20 !! everyone ended up taking additional portions back with them. we found it cooked fine from frozen a week or so later.
     
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    Chorizo in Paella?
     
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    yes !! along with chicken, seafood etc. cooked in france !

    I don't see why paella has to be exactly the same everywhere you go. whats wrong with adding extra bits, varying the recipe -
     
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    Don’t call it Paella then.
    I wouldn’t call Calamares with french fries “fish and chips!
     
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    Tomato or tomAto - it s made with paella rice, therefore its paella - whatever I put in it or call it is up to the head chef!

    of course you could take it up with Jamie Oliver and the major stores who sell Paella WITH chorizo ....

    do a search online for paella recipes with chorizo .... of course you wont find any ...
     
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    Nothing wrong with chorizo in paella.
    Much rather that than fish heads !
     
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    Its only Brits who call it “Paella” rice. Shows our culinary ignorance!
     
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    Made a Paella at home on Monday, yes it had Chorizo along with Mussels & Chicken plus whtever elese was around. :)
     
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    Again, not a Paella. (No onion either please!)
     
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    You have to be really careful with this..... the paella police are everywhere
     
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    I am prepared to admit I am culinary disadvantaged and culinary uneducated ...
     
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    We put sausages and bacon along with the bakes beans in our paella, if the neighbours are with us black pudding too. (y)
     
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    As the paella is a cooking vessel then anything cooked in it could be termed a 'paella'......discuss:)
     
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    My understanding of paella was it's peasant food so absolutely anything goes in, whatever was around, so I don't see chorizo being a problem. I guess in the day they didn't have chorizo so maybe that's why it doesn't appear in traditional recipes ?
     
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    According to wikipedia:
    "Paella is a Valencian word which derives from the Old French word paelle for pan, which in turn comes from the Latin word patella for pan."

    Matamoros wins :D2.
     
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    Surely there were more than 14 guests at the Royal Wedding, are you by “Royal Appointment” now?
     
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    I cook a full English in my cadac Paella pan, does that count?
     
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