I know I have been lacking a little bit on getting some of my delicious recipes up that were inspired by Ellie Krieger and Friends… but I have made so many new and wonderful things and photographed them like a crazy person while doing it over the past few months I have a lot to get out over the summer so I hope you enjoy! Let me know if you make any of these and how you like them and what you did to change them up a bit…
This wonderful recipe will make your home smell like a gourmet restaurant! From Ellie Krieger’s “So Easy” cookbook, I give you Chicken Paella with Sausage and Olives…
1 T plus 2 tsp olive oil
3 oz chorizo sausage with casing removed, sliced into 1/4″ rounds
1 lb skinless boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1″ pieces
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 10 oz package frozen peas
1 cup uncooked white rice
1 large ripe tomato, chopped
1/4 cup sliced green Spanish pimento-stuffed olives
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/8 tsp ground turmeric
small pinch of saffron threads
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Heat 1 T of oil in large heavy skillet over medium-high heat (use a skillet that has a lid to cover)
Add the chorizo and cook, stir occasionally until browned, about 3 minutes.
Add the chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned about 5 minutes.
Transfer the chicken and chorizo to a plate.
Heat the remaining 2 tsp of oil in the skillet,
Add the onion, and cook stirring until softened about 3-5 minutes
Add the garlic and continue to cook for a minute more.
Return the chicken and chorizo to the skillet
Add the chicken broth, peas, rice, tomato, olives, salt, pepper, turmeric, and saffron.
Cook until the rice appears to be tender and the liquid is absorbed about 30 minutes.
Notes from my kitchen:
Saffron is one of the hardest spices and most expensive spices to find. I went on a saffron hunt when all I could find was saffron flavored rice in my local supermarket. I checked out Whole Foods and Balducci’s and couldn’t find it there either and finally I found the cutest most expensive little bottle at William Sonoma but I must say the fresh is much much better then the saffron rice in the little yellow package!
I had never eateb chorizo sausage until I made this recipe, it is a hot and tangy sausage.
This dish is delicious! It gives a really nice plate presentation too~ Very impressive for company. If you happen to have any left overs it tastes even better the next day! I give this one 5 stars!
Let me know if you give it a try!