Chicken & Shrimp Paella

Serves 6-8 people
Cooking time: about 40 minutes

  • 2 cups La Bomba, Arborio, or other short grain white rice
  • 4 1/2 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade 
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup canned tomatoes, pureed
  • 2 tablespoons pimenton (smoked paprika)
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 spicy chicken sausages (chorizo or andouille), diced
  • 1 teaspoon saffron 
  • about 6 chicken drumsticks
  • 1/2 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • lemon juice for garnishing
  • chopped parsley for garnishing
  • salt and freshly ground pepper

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Rub the drumsticks with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Roast in the oven for about 45 minutes, or until cooked through. Remove and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the remaining olive oil  in the paella pan over medium heat. Add the onions and peppers and saute until tender (about 8 minutes).
  4. Add the sausage and cook for another few minutes. Then, add the tomato puree and cook for another 3 minutes. Add the saffron and pimenton and stir to combine. Cook for 3 more minutes. 
  5. Add the chicken stock and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat and allow the mixture to simmer for about 5 minutes.
  6. Add the rice and peas and stir well to combine. Return to a boil and resist the urge to stir after this (paella should develop a crust on the bottom, so don't be alarmed). After it comes to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes.
  7. Once the rice is becoming tender, add the shrimp to the paella, allowing them to cook in the pan with the paella.
  8. Cook for for another 10 minutes, or until all of the stock is absorbed, the rice is tender, and the shrimp are cooked. Note: if the shrimp are smaller, they may be added later because they will need less time to cook.
  9. Spread the chicken drumsticks around the paella pan. Top with lemon juice and chopped parsley, and serve family style for a lovely dinner. Enjoy!
Source for Ingredients
  • onions, pepper, parsley, and lemons from West Hollywood Farmers Market
  • organic chicken drumsticks, saffron, and arbiorio rice from Trader Joe's
  • jumbo shrimp, chicken sausages, and pimenton from Whole Foods