Paella

  • Yield: 6 servings
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Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil

Liquid smoke, optional

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 pounds chicken thighs

1/2 cup chopped onion

3 cloves garlic, smashed and chopped

1 red bell pepper, stem and seeds removed and cut into 1/4-inch strips

1/2 pound smoked sausage or chorizo, cut lengthwise in half, then into 1/4-ince slices

1 cup uncooked arborio rice

2 teaspoons dried oregano

2 teaspoons turmeric

Pinch saffron, optional

2 cups low sodium chicken broth

1 can (14 1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes

1 cup frozen peas

Freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Sprinkle chicken thighs on all sides with liquid smoke if using, salt and pepper and put in the skillet skin side down. Cook, turning, until browned on all sides, about 10 minutes. 
  2. Remove chicken thighs to a plate, pour off some of the fat in skillet and return to heat. Add onion, garlic, pepper and sausage; saute 3 minutes or until onion is softened. Stir in rice, oregano, turmeric and saffron; saute 2 minutes. Add broth and tomatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes. 
  3. Place chicken thighs in a single layer on top of rice; top with peas. Cover with foil and cook on medium-low 15 minutes or until rice is tender and chicken thighs are cooked through. Stir, season to taste with additional salt and pepper and serve.

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