Varied ingredients could be selected for this kind of Paella like Chicken, shrimp, clams, lobster, chorizo, (any seafoods and fish of your choice) and rice are just a few of the delicious ingredients in this version of paella.
2 chicken thighs
2 chicken legs
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 tablespoons sweet paprika
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 Spanish chorizo sausage
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 onion, diced
1 can (16 ounce size) whole tomatoes, drained and hand-crushed
1 cup Spanish rice, short to medium grain
1 teaspoon saffron threads
3 cups warm water
4 jumbo shrimp, peeled, with heads and tails on
2 lobster tails, split
6 littleneck clams, scrubbed
1/2 cup frozen sweet peas, thawed
fresh parsley leaves, for garnish
lemon wedges, for serving
(1) Rinse the chicken pieces and pat them dry. Mix the oregano and paprika with some salt and pepper in a small bowl. Rub the spice mixture all over the chicken and stick it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes so the flavor can sink in a bit.
(2) Heat the oil in a paella pan or wide shallow skillet over medium-high heat.
(3) When the oil is beginning to smoke, add the chicken, skin-side down, and brown all over, turning with tongs. Add the chorizo and continue to cook until the oil is a vibrant red color. Remove the chicken and sausage to a platter lined with paper towels.
(4) Return the pan to the stove and lower the heat to medium. Now make a sofrito by sauteing the garlic and onion in the oil that remains in the pan for 7 to 10 minutes, until they begin to brown.
(5) Add the tomatoes and cook it all down until the mixture caramelizes a bit and the flavors meld. Season with salt and pepper. Fold in the rice, stirring to coat the grains. Stir in the saffron.
(6) Pour in 3 cups warm water and simmer for 10 minutes, gently moving the pan around so the rice cooks evenly and absorbs the liquid. Do not cover or stir constantly like a risotto.
(7) Add the shrimp, lobster, clams and the reserved chicken and chorizo. Give the paella a couple of good stirs to tuck all the pieces in there; then just let it simmer, without stirring, until the rice is al dente, about 15 minutes.
(8) Scatter the peas on top and continue to cook for 5 more minutes, until the paella looks fluffy and moist. (The ideal paella has a toasted rice bottom called socarrat.) Then let it rest off the heat for 5 minutes.
(9) Garnish with parsley and serve with lemon.
(10) Serves 4.