Our Go-To Paella Recipe


There are a Gran Reserva sized amount of recipes out there but we opt for the simple and thoughtful NYTIMES take HERE. And, because we can't help switching a few things around, here’s our adapted recipe:


½ cup chopped parsley
3 cloves garlic, minced
5 cups chicken stock
¼ teaspoon saffron threads
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
½ pound dry chorizo, small chunks
3½-pound chicken thighs, skin on and bone in 
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 small onions, chopped
1 cup sliced red bell pepper
6 ripe plum tomatoes, diced
½ cup white wine (one you'd drink yourself!)
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
3 cups short grain rice (we used Bombo)
1/2 cup pound green peas, fresh if you've got em but we used frozen
½ pound peeled medium shrimp

Step 1

Place stock in saucepan, add saffron, bring to simmer and remove from heat. If pees are frozen put into a 350 degree oven until just cooked and put aside. Sip wine.

Step 2

Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in 17-inch paella pan. Add chorizo and saute until heated through. Remove from the pan. Season chicken like the road with salt and pepper, place in pan skin side down until nicely browned and flip sides. 4-5 min per side. Remove chicken and turn heat off. Remove 90% of fat from the pan and add the last tablespoon of fresh oil. Turn heat to low, saute onion until soft but not brown. Sip wine. 

Step 3

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Add peppers to the paella pan. When soft, add tomatoes and wine. When most of the liquid has evaporated, add paprika and rice and stir to coat. Add stock mixture and stir. Simmer. Sip, swirl wine.

Step 4

Fold in parsley, garlic and peas and chorizo. Add chicken and simmer another 5 minutes. Show friends, refresh your glass. Place in oven until chicken and rice are cooked, about 10 minutes. Arrange shrimp on top and place back in over for about another 5 min (or until shrimp just turn pink). Sip wine.

Step 5

Remove from the oven, cover loosely with foil and set aside 10 minutes. Pelt with lemon edges and some EVOO to garnish. Pour a full glass. 

Looking for pairing suggestions? Read all about our Paella Party HERE!