6 servings (serving size: 1 2/3 cups)

Valencia is a Spanish coastal city where this dish is particularly revered. This paella features seafood, sausage and chicken but don't forget the saffron -- it is the essential spice of the dish.

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle shrimp with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper. Add shrimp to pan; sauté 4 minutes or until shrimp are done. Place shrimp in a medium bowl. Add chorizo to pan, and cook for 1 minute or until browned. Add chorizo to bowl.

Step 2

Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/8 teaspoon black pepper. Add chicken to pan, and cook for 2 minutes on each side or until browned. Add onion and garlic to pan; cook 2 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Stir in the tomato, capers, and saffron; cook 1 minute. Add remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, rice, wine, and broth to pan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 25 minutes or until rice is tender.

Step 3

Add shrimp mixture, peas, 1/4 cup water, and mussels to pan. Cover and cook 8 minutes over medium heat or until mussels open; discard any unopened shells. Remove from heat, and stir in bell pepper and cilantro. Let stand 3 minutes.

Ratings & Reviews

Not a Valencian Paella

September 29, 2016
I could say this is not a Valencian Paella, because it has not: onion, wine, peas, mussels... take a look to this one I founded. It's from the authentic valencian traditional recipe http://www.paella-recipe.co.uk/

Mikeg52's Review

August 17, 2014
Switched cockles for mussels and added 2 teaspoons of Spanish smoked paprika.

Chrunox's Review

December 24, 2013

melendbm's Review

September 01, 2013
Really great Paella! Very close to the Paella you will get in the South of Spain! Don't substitute for the spanish chorizo, it really makes the flavor stand out. We add extra mussels since our family loves them and don't add as many chicken thighs.

alexanderka's Review

July 24, 2013

runningcook's Review

January 24, 2013
Made this without mussels only because my local grocery was out, still amazing and cant wait to make it again WITH mussels!!

klungo's Review

October 06, 2012

jjakmides's Review

August 10, 2012
One of my favorites, everyone always loves it... Last night I forgot to buy tomato so I used some Sabra homestyle salsa instead, and I think it was even better - gives it a little more kick and some additional flavor.

tara31's Review

July 31, 2011
We skipped the chicken and chorizo and used an equivalent amount of mixed seafood (mussels, squid, crab and shrimp). I didn't have saffron so instead used turmeric and smoked paprika. Delicious!

dorothyb's Review

March 22, 2011
Excellent! We loved this. I used a full pound of shrimp, full pound of mussels, chicken breast and Conecuh brand smoked sausage (a nod to my Alabama roots). I used a small can of diced tomatoes, drained very well. I also added 1/8 teaspoon of turmeric in addition to the saffron (it brings out the gold color even more).