I love Paella, it’s the perfect summer dish and brings back happy memories of holidays in Spain with my parents and sister. I had never tried to make it as I knew it was a little bit like risotto, involving constant attention and stirring! However, having spotted some lovely looking Chorizo in my local Sainsbury’s, I thought I would give it a go. I’m so glad I did, after researching various recipes I came up with this one and it is super easy to make! Even better was the fact that the whole family loved it, clean plates all round!

Ingredients (serves 6)

olive oil

1 large onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, chopped finely

6 chicken pieces, cubed (thigh for taste or breast for low calorie, or a mix!)

200g smoked Chorizo, sliced

1 tbsp dried thyme, 2tsps paprika, 2tsps chilli powder, 1 tsp saffron

100ml dry sherry

500g risotto rice

400g tin chopped tomatoes

1 litre chicken stock

handful of frozen peas

200g king prawns (cooked)

flat leaf parsley to garnish

Method (use a heavy bottomed frying pan)

  • Fry the onion and garlic in the olive oil until soft then add the chicken and Chorizo, fry until cooked.
  • Add in the herbs, stir, then add the sherry and allow to evaporate.
  • Stir in the risotto rice and coat well with the oils and juices, allow to cook for a few minutes and then add the tomatoes.
  • Start to add the stock in small amounts, stirring in between. After a few minutes you can add the rest of the stock and leave to simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • After 10 minutes, test the rice, it may need a bit more cooking and add more water if needed. Also, add some more thyme if you can’t taste it.
  • Add in the frozen peas and prawns and cook through (approx 5 minutes).
  • Serve with flat leaf parsley sprinkled over.

My name is Caroline Sutton and I'm a wife and mother of 3 children, passionate about food, keeping me and my family healthy, gorgeous interiors and shopping! I have a degree in Biochemistry and Pharmacology and continue to be interested in the science behind diet and drugs. I also have a Diploma and City and Guilds in Interior Design and for the last 17 years have run a property company which develops, redevelops and manages rental properties: Sunlight Properties Ltd.

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