Easy Chicken Paella

Easy Chicken Paella

Nae, every time you are planning to come visit, you ask me (or Mark) to make the same dish.  I can hear you now — “Will you cook that one meal for us.  You know, the one with the red sauce, and there’s rice, and chicken.  That’s my favorite.”  Well, Janae, I don’t know if you know this but first of all, you are not the only one who loves that.  In fact, everyone who has ever had it at our house asks for the recipe.  And second, it’s so fast and easy (my favorite kind of meal) and I am going to give you the recipe so you can make it any time you want.  You know those days when you are sitting around just dreaming about my face of being at my house and eating Chicken Paella?  I know those days are frequent, so just pull up a picture of me this recipe and indulge.  😉   I miss your face.

4-6 Boneless, skinless thighs
3/4 cup white rice
1/2 onion, finely chopped
1/2 tsp. paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons chicken granules dissolved in 1 1/2 cups water
14 oz. can STEWED tomatoes
1/2 cup frozen peas

Take a large, deep skillet.  Brown the meat on both sides.  About 5 minutes.  Toss the onion in and saute with the meat for the last couple minutes. Take the chicken out, and put the rest of the ingredients in the pan.  Stir it up a little so its mixed.  Set the chicken thighs back on top.  Bring to a boil.  Cover and turn down to a simmer for 35 minutes.  Open the lid and pour the peas on top to steam for 10 minutes (don’t mix them in yet).

TIPS:  When I first started making this, it would never turn out like Mark’s and I have since figure out the two problems I was having, so I’ll share.

1)  USE STEWED tomatoes.  DON’T use diced, or crushed, ect.  The flavor is completely different.

2)  It is essential that you take the chicken out before put in all the other ingredients.  If you don’t, all the rice won’t get mixed with the liquid good enough and you’ll get crunchy, uncooked, or burnt rice.  The rice needs to be submerged in liquid, so mix it together and lay the chicken on top so the rice does not end up on top of the chicken.

Grab a fork.  Take a bite.  MMMMMM.
Easy Chicken Paella recipe