Social media is a wonderful thing. Last week, Facebook reminded me of a recipe I made back in July 2012, which I had forgotten about. I decided to make it again and it turned out to be a fantastic dinner for two nights and lunch for one day. Since we enjoyed it so much, I wanted to share it here on my blog again.
This is my version of homemade paella. Hubby is not a fan of spicy foods so I like to modify recipes so that he will enjoy them as well. It’s the best of both worlds when I can make a recipe that I love and that hubby loves as well. The biggest change I made to this recipe was the sausage. Normally, paella calls for chorizo which can have a bite to it. Instead, I use mild Italian sausage.
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
3 links mild Italian sausage
1 bag Vigo yellow rice (serves 8)
1 chicken bouillon cube
1/4 White onion, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 red pepper, cut into bite-sized pieces
Cook chicken breasts in olive oil. I like to cook them whole and then cut them up about halfway through. I find it easier to cut then when it is raw.
In another pan, cook sausage in olive oil. When it is done cooking, slice into bit-sized pieces.
In a large saucepan, cook rice as per instructions on package. This will take about 20 minutes to cook. I turned it off while it was still on the moist side as I wanted to keep the dish as moist as possible.
When the chicken is almost done, add paprika (2 teaspoons), adobo powder (I used about 2 tablespoons of it), and add onion and red pepper. I like a lot of onion and red pepper, so this would be to your liking. Continue to cook until onions are almost clear. Add minced garlic (about 1 1/2 tablespoons) and cook for about 5 more minutes.
In a small saucepan, bring 2 cups water to a boil and add bouillon cube to dissolve.
In a large skillet, combine rice, chicken, peppers, onion, sausage, and chicken bouillon. Cover and heat on medium for about 10 minutes until bouillon is just about gone.
Enjoy! This is very filling, a little goes a long way. The glass of Barefoot Moscato is optional.
Do you enjoy spicy food? What is your favorite spicy dish?