Spanish-Inspired Paella Recipe


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Hola, food enthusiasts! Prepare to delight your taste buds with the vibrant flavors of Spain with this Spanish-Inspired Paella. This fusion dish features a savory saffron-infused rice cooked to perfection, studded with a medley of seafood, chicken, and vegetables, all simmered together in a rich and flavorful broth. With its bold colors and irresistible aromas, each bite is a culinary journey to the sun-drenched shores of Valencia. Let's dive in and elevate your dinner table with this delicious fusion creation!


  • 1 pound chicken thighs, bone-in and skin-on, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 8 ounces chorizo sausage, sliced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 2 cups Arborio rice
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon saffron threads
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Lemon wedges, for serving

  1. In a small bowl, crush saffron threads and soak them in 1/4 cup of warm water for 10-15 minutes to release their flavor and color.
  2. Heat a large paella pan or skillet over medium heat. Add the sliced chorizo sausage and cook until it releases its oils and begins to brown, about 3-4 minutes. Remove the chorizo from the pan and set aside.
  3. Season the chicken thighs with salt, pepper, and smoked paprika. Add them to the pan and cook until browned on all sides, about 5-6 minutes. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.
  4. In the same pan, add diced onion and bell peppers. Cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add minced garlic and diced tomato, and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  5. Stir in Arborio rice and cook for 1-2 minutes, allowing the rice to toast slightly.
  6. Return the cooked chorizo and chicken to the pan. Pour in the soaked saffron water and chicken broth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Bring the mixture to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low. Cover the pan with a lid or aluminum foil and let the paella cook for 20-25 minutes, or until the rice is cooked through and has absorbed the liquid.
  8. During the last 5 minutes of cooking, add frozen peas to the paella and gently stir to incorporate.
  9. Once the rice is cooked, remove the paella from the heat and let it rest for a few minutes.
  10. Garnish the Spanish-Inspired Paella with chopped fresh parsley and serve with lemon wedges on the side.
  11. Enjoy your flavorful and aromatic paella, a delicious fusion of Spanish flavors that will transport you to the sun-drenched shores of Valencia with every bite!
With its savory rice, tender meats, and vibrant vegetables, this paella is sure to be a hit at your dinner table. Whether you serve it for a special occasion or as a comforting meal on a cozy evening, this fusion creation is guaranteed to impress your family and friends. ¡Buen provecho! (Enjoy your meal!)
This Spanish-Inspired Paella recipe is a flavor-packed delight! 🥘🌟 With tender rice, savory seafood, and a hint of saffron, it's a taste of Spain in every bite. Perfect for gatherings or cozy nights in, this dish brings the essence of Spanish cuisine right to your table. ¡Delicioso!😋
This Spanish-inspired paella recipe looks absolutely delicious! 😋 I love how colorful and flavorful it is with all those vibrant ingredients like saffron, chorizo, and seafood. It's like a party in a pan! 🎉 Can't wait to give this a try and transport myself to the sunny streets of Spain with every bite. Thanks for sharing this mouthwatering recipe! 🥘🇪🇸