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Paella Portuguese Style

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Ingredients
  Broiler fryer 4 Pound, each cut into 8 pieces (2 Fryers, 2 Pound Each)
  Olive oil/Salad oil 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Lean pork 1 Pound, cut into 1-inch cubes
  Onion 2 Cup (32 tbs), chopped
  Garlic 2 Clove (10 gm), crushed
  Pepper 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Dried oregano leaves 1 Teaspoon
  Salt 2 Teaspoon
  Long grain white rice 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Saffron 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Italian sausage 1 Pound, cut in half crosswise
  Fresh tomatoes 2 Medium, peeled and chopped
  Bay leaf 1
  Condensed chicken broth 32 1⁄4 Ounce (3 Cans, 10 3/4 Ounce Each, Undiluted)
  Large shrimp 1 1⁄2 Pound, shelled and deveined
  Frozen peas 10 Ounce, thawed (1 Package)
  Sliced pimentos 2 Ounce (1/2 Of 4 Ounce Jar)
  Lemons 2 , each cut into 8 wedges
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Wash chicken with cold running water and pat dry with paper towels.
2. About 45 minutes before serving, preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

MAKING
3. In a large skillet (10-inch), heat oil and brown 5 chicken pieces at a time until golden-brown from all sides.
4. Remove chicken from the skillet as they brown and add rest of the chicken in batches; add more oil if required.
5. In the same skillet, brown pork cubes until well browned from all sides; remove and keep aside.
6. In the same skillet, containing drippings, sauté onion, garlic, pepper and oregano with frequent stirring until onion for about 5 minutes until golden brown.
7. Add salt, rice and saffron; stir and cook for about 10 minutes until rice is lightly browned.
8. In the mean time, in another skillet, sauté sausage for about 10 minutes until well browned from all sides; drain and discard fat.
9. Add tomatoes, bay leaf and chicken broth to rice mixture; bring the mixture to boiling.

FINALISING
10. In a large roasting pan about 17x11 inches, place chicken, sausage and pork; spread the rice mixture evenly over the top.
11. Cover the pan with foil, press on the sides to seal and bake for 1/2 hour.
12. Let it cool and then refrigerate.
13. About 2 hours before serving, remove pan from refrigerator; let it stand covered until it comes down to room temperature.
14. Uncover and top with shrimps.
15. Cover and bake for 30 minutes.
16. After 30 minutes, if the mixture looks dry, add 1/2 cup water.
17. Sprinkle peas over top; cover and bake for another 20 minutes until chicken and pork are tender and peas are cooked.

SERVING
18. In a heated round serving platter or paella pan, spoon paella.
19. Garnish with pimiento slices and lemon wedges.

TIPS
For a more flavourful paella, brown the meat and put the dish together in the roasting pan well in advance.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
Portuguese
Course: 
Main Dish
Method: 
Baked
Ingredient: 
Chicken
Interest: 
Everyday, Healthy
Preparation Time: 
5 Minutes
Cook Time: 
130 Minutes
Ready In: 
135 Minutes
Servings: 
10

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