Chicken Paella in Pictures

IMG_2280My brother David gave me a gift certificate with which I bought some very cool kitchen stuff, the kinds of things you wouldn’t buy for yourself, but always sort of wanted.    The first thing I picked up was a Paella Pan and some super fancy Paella Rice, medium grain, which is said to be very important for making Paella, I was wondering if Risotto Rice would work?   Paella is very similar to Risotto only Paella doesn’t get stirred.  IMG_2275You cook up the chicken and vegetables in batches.IMG_2281 Then you make a Sofrito with garlic, onions and tomatoes.IMG_2282 Then add the riceIMG_2284On top of it you place all the pre-cooked vegetables, chicken and chickpeas if you are using them. Notice the mistake I made here.  It’s just so hard not to stir! But don’t.IMG_2286Then you add the saffron infused chicken broth and cook it for 45 – hour until the rice gets soft.  The crunchy burnt bits at the bottom of the pan are called Soccarat.  Ideally Soccarat is the caramelized rice on the bottom of the pan, obviously I need some more practice, I think the instruction in my recipe to have the heat up high was not a good instruction.  To that end this is a visual recipe as I need to do a little more research into the finer points of Paella making before I post an actual recipe.  Stay tuned.  And if you have any Paella making tips please leave them in the comments!IMG_2287We were so hungry by the time it was ready I forgot to get a beauty pick so this is it after we had eaten.  It was really delicious and now I’ve made it once I will make it again, the ultimate one pot meal.   IMG_2288 IMG_2289

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3 Responses to Chicken Paella in Pictures

  1. Pingback: What I Learned about Cooking Paella | Urbanfoodguy

  2. Highly descriptive post, I liked that a lot. Will there be a part 2?

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