Sunday, May 4, 2008

Chicken & Shrimp Paella

This weekend was moderately successful, as measured by the goals I set for myself on Friday. I did accomplish 1) watching the Office, and 5) doing some major spring cleaning (it is insane how many opened ketchup bottles were sitting in our fridge). Goals 2-4 were unfortunately not attained. Still no couch for the porch, Steve dominated me at Mario Kart Wii, and I didn't really think at all about my hair this weekend. I blame laziness.

I also blame it on the fact that Steve and I went to see a television taping on Friday night. You can read more about that on my husband's blog here. Suffice it to say, it's a show that involves an 80's superstar with massive biceps, and an event called the Eliminator. Yeah, we go on crazy dates sometimes.

I also did some cooking this weekend, and made paella for the first time. Paella is a Spanish rice dish that gets it's name from the Valencian term for frying pan. Typically, saffron is a key ingredient in paella, but since I didn't have any saffron around, I sort of improvised the spices. It was delicious, and made about a week's worth of meals for us. Try it, and let me know what you think!

4 cups chicken broth

2 1/2 cups uncooked long grain rice
1 cup chopped onion

4 garlic cloves, minced and divided
1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 bay leaf

1 large green pepper, julienned
3 green onions, sliced

1 teaspoon minced fresh parsley

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms

2 medium tomatoes, chopped

2 cups frozen peas

1/2 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced

In a saucepan, combine broth, rice, onion, half of the garlic, salt, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne, oregano, pepper and bay leaf; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute the green pepper, onions, parsley, thyme, hot pepper sauce and remaining garlic in oil for 2 minutes. Add mushrooms. Cook until green pepper is crisp-tender. Add tomatoes and peas; heat through. Discard bay leaf. Add rice mixture to vegetable mixture and kep warm. In a nonstick skillet, cook and stir shrimp in lemon juice for 2 minutes. Add chicken; cook until chicken is no longer pink and shrimp has turned pink, about 3-5 minutes. Add to rice mixture; toss. Serves 10-12.


  1. That's a seriously long list of ingredients! haha At least you accomplished some of your goals for the weekend! I recently spring cleaned my finances, my closet, and my desk drawers. :)

  2. Congrats for accomplishing some of your goals! I didn't really get through all of mine either.

    Btw...that paella looks delicious!

  3. God, I could just die of jealousy! I love that show!

  4. Paella looks sooo ono, but I'm with twentysomethingandcluless...too many ingredients.

    My girlfriend tells me that T Joes has a good price on saffron.

  5. I love paella!!

    That's awesome you saw American sister met Titan one time (his parents used to be my sister's neighbors)!

  6. That looks delicious!!! I'm not sure we have all of those ingredients in the house right now, but I am seriously craving that for dinner now!

  7. oooh that meal sounds delicious! and congrats on le goals, you're so productive. :)

  8. I like the shrimp and chicken paella. There are many ingredients, but that's what a paella is. I've only made paella one time - it's a pretty expensive dish to make.

  9. i have never had paella, but thats sounds awesome!

  10. Mmm, this sounds and looks delicious! And so healthy! I'll have to try it.

  11. I am so on this! It looks SO yummy!

  12. That's so great you got some things done that was important!! The meal looks delish!!

  13. Why are men SO much better at Mario Cart than us girls? I don't understand it.

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  15. Sounds delish-- though I need more spices!

  16. At least you accomplished some of the goals, right? (:

    The paella looks beautiful, delicious and a little complicated. But I've never made one before, and it makes me want to give it a try. I may be asking for paella tips in the near future...

  17. yeah thats one nice looking paella.i usually stick to the saffron version with all the seafood. This is a plesant change, and easier to get the ingredients too.

  18. Oh that sounds delicious, and for once I have all the ingredients to hand.

  19. that's a whole lotta ingredients, but they're not obscure and the instructions are pretty straightforward - all things that i like in a recipe. it's on the list!

  20. I love the idea of just chicken & shrimp in a looks delicious!

  21. Wow! That is a ton of ingredients. I might have to restock my pantry to make this concoction.