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.


cooking chicken paellaBring to a boil, cover, and transfer to the over.

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!

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