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Spanish Mixed Paella (Chicken, Bacon & Veggies)

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This is a dish that has been on my to-cook list for the longest time! (Yes, i literally have a to-cook list!) However, i have not been able to as i don’t have a paella pan. When i saw a deep stone skillet that was on sale, Paella became the perfect excuse to buy it! The skillet/wokpan is seriously the best one i have ever used! Well, back to my paella, i looooooove it! It is fragrant, colourful and full of flavour. I could not find chorizo so i improvised my own verson with bacon. This is a seriously yummy dish that is surprisingly easy to make. A perfect one dish meal if you want to impress!

Ingredients:

  1. 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  2. 1 medium red onion, diced
  3. 3 strips bacon, sliced
  4. 1 large chicken leg, deboned and cut in big pieces
  5. 185g basmati rice
  6. 300-310ml chicken stock (depending on amount veggies used)
  7. Pinch of saffron, soaked in 2tbsp of hot water
  8. 1 tsp ground turmeric
  9. 1/2 large red pepper, diced
  10. 1/2 cup mixed vegetables
  11. Salt and pepper, to taste
  12. Garnish: chopped coriander or parsley and lemon wedges

Method:

  1. Place bacon in a cold, dry pan and cook over low heat. Toast bacon until brown and crispy. Dish up and leave the bacon fat in the pan.
  2. Add a couple tablespoons of olive oil in the pan. Saute onions and garlic until fragrant.
  3. Add in chicken and brown both sides.
  4. Add in basmati rice and fry until it is opaque.
  5. Pour in chicken stock and cook over medium heat.
  6. When stock is reduced to a very small amount (almost none), pour in saffron water and mix in turmeric.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Add in red pepper and mixed vegetables. Toss well.
  9. Cover the lid, reduce heat to medium low and cook for a further 5 minutes.
  10. Turn off the flame and leave the lid on, undisturbed for another 15minutes.
  11. Top with coriander, toasted bacon and serve with freshly squeezed lemon juice.
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