Spanish Style Paella

April 22, 2013 by Kari Karch

Learn how to make this tasty Spanish style paella from the Kenmore in-house chef Kari Karch.


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1 Spanish chorizo sliced inch thick

1 chicken thigh cut into strips

1 pounds king prawns shell from the body removed, head and tail intact

6 cup chicken stock

0.25 teaspoons saffron

2 tablespoons olive oil

14 ounces San Marzano tomatoes peeled whole

1 medium onion peeled and cut into quarters

1 red pepper seeded and cut into large pieces

3 cloves garlic peeled

2 teaspoons smoked paprika

2 cup Carnaroli or Arborio rice

10 vongole clams

10 PEI mussels

2 tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil

0.5 cup flat-leaf parsley roughly chopped

2 lemons cut into wedges

0.25 cup white wine


Heat a paella pan or a large, shallow chef's pan or frypan over medium-high heat. Cook the chorizo slices for a minute each side or until golden brown. Remove to a bowl, leaving any oil they released in the pan.

Saute the chicken for 2-3 minutes or until golden. It will cook further in the stock later on, it's just important to brown at this stage not necessarily cook all the way through. Remove to the bowl with the chorizo.

If there is some oil left in the pan from the chorizo and chicken, leave it there to saut the prawns. If not, add a little of the olive oil. Saute the prawns briefly until slightly golden and just cooked through. Remove from the pan.

In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the chicken stock to the boil with the saffron added. Once boiling, reduce the heat to a very low simmer.

Place the onion, pepper, and garlic in a food processor and puree until smooth. This is called the Soffrito which is the flavor base for the paella. Add the olive oil to the pan and then the soffrito. Stir until most of the moisture has evaporated. This will take about five minutes. The mixture will start to crackle and become more paste-like when it is ready. Add the paprika and stir for a further minute. Add the rice and stir to coat with the soffrito.

Pour in about a third of the stock and stir to mix everything together. Add the chicken and chorizo and distribute evenly in the pan. Add can of tomatoes. Pour in the rest of the stock and reduce the heat to very low. Nestle the clams and mussels, hinge-side down, into the rice. Cook for around 40 minutes on low heat. Don't stir it, and move the pan around on the element to make sure there is even heat distribution. As time goes by, the rice absorbs the liquid, the shellfish open and a crust should form on the bottom and around the sides of the pan. The dish is ready when the rice is cooked through.

Arrange the prawns around the pan and cover with foil. Remove from the heat and rest for a few minutes, covered. Serve to the table in the pan, drizzled with a little olive oil, parsley, and lemon wedges.

Kari Karch

Kari Karch is a 19-year veteran of the culinary industry, creator of Kiss the Cook, and the head chef and spokesperson for the Kenmore brand. She has made many notable appearances on ABC Morning News, on WGN, on the Cooking Channel and as a judge for the World Food Championships.