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Chicken-and-Seafood Paella

Prep time 15 mins
Cook time 35 mins
Stand time 15 mins
Yield 8 Servings
This classic Spanish main dish rice dish is made with Arborio rice and is packed with chorizo sausage, chicken, shrimp,and mussels.


  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads, finely crumbled
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 6 ounces chorizo, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch slices
  • 4 chicken breast halves, skin removed, halved diagonally
  • 2 yellow bell peppers, finely chopped
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon sweet or hot paprika
  • 3 plum tomatoes, cored, seeded and chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 cups Spanish short-grain rice or Arborio rice
  • 25 small mussels (1 lb.), cleaned and bearded
  • 20 large shrimp (1 1/4 lb.), shelled and deveined

Nutrition Information

  • calories 596
  • fat 19 g
  • satfat 5 g
  • protein 48 g
  • carbohydrate 53 g
  • fiber 2 g
  • cholesterol 185 mg
  • sodium 964 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. In a small saucepan, bring chicken broth to a boil over high heat. Add saffron, reduce heat, cover and keep barely at a simmer while you proceed.

  2. In a deep, 12-inch ovenproof skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add chorizo and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Transfer chorizo to a bowl and set aside. Increase heat to medium-high, add chicken, in batches if necessary, and cook, turning, until golden brown but not thoroughly cooked, about 7 minutes. Add chicken to chorizo.

  3. Put yellow peppers, onion, garlic, salt and pepper in skillet and cook over medium heat, stirring, until peppers are softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in paprika. Add half of tomatoes and half of parsley and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.

  4. Add rice and stir to coat well. Pour in warm broth and bring to a boil. Boil for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until rice is no longer soupy but there is enough liquid to continue to cook rice. Return chicken and chorizo to skillet. Add remaining tomatoes and top with mussels.

  5. Transfer skillet to oven and cook until rice is almost al dente, about 10 minutes. Stir or tuck in shrimps, and cook for 5 minutes longer. Remove skillet from oven, cover tightly with foil, and let stand for 15 minutes or until rice is fully cooked. Sprinkle remaining parsley on top, and serve dish hot.