Whole Chicken Paella

    1 hour 35 minutes

    This paella contains prawns, lobster tails, clams and mussels but it is always the whole chicken that my friends remember which is where the name comes from.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 2 1/2 cups (310g) uncooked white rice
    • 6 cups (1 1/2 litres) chicken stock, divided
    • 3 cloves garlic
    • 1 teaspoon diced fresh parsley
    • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
    • 5 saffron threads
    • 1 pinch salt and ground black pepper, to taste
    • 1/4 cup (60ml) olive oil
    • 1 onion, diced
    • 1 (1 1/2 kg) whole chicken, cut into small pieces
    • 2 cups peeled and deveined small prawns, diced
    • 6 small lobster tails
    • 250g clams in shell, scrubbed
    • 250g tinned mushrooms, drained
    • 1 cup green peas
    • 60g tinned mussels

    Preparation:50min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hour35min 

    1. Rinse the rice with cold water; drain; set aside. Bring the chicken stock to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat, reduce the heat to low, cover and keep warm.
    2. Work the garlic, parsley, curry powder, saffron threads, salt, black pepper and 1/2 cup of the hot chicken stock together with a mortar and pestle until a smooth liquid forms; set the seasoning liquid aside.
    3. Heat the olive oil in a paella pan or frypan over medium-high heat then cook and stir the onion until lightly browned.
    4. Stir in the chicken, prawns, lobster and clams then cook and stir until the chicken is no longer pink in the centre; about 10 minutes. Pour in the seasoning liquid.
    5. Stir in the rice, pour in the hot chicken stock and simmer until the rice is nearly tender; about 15 minutes.
    6. Add mushrooms, peas and mussels then stir two times and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat then cover and let stand until rice is soft and flaky; about 7 minutes.

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    Your recipe is great! There are many different things that can be included or omitted in paella and the recipe changes from one region to the next. I use 3 times the amt of saffron and omit the curry. Good job on your recipe. Thanks!  -  28 Jan 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Great recipe - to answer a previous user the trick to "yellow" and colorful rice is the saffron! Add more as another user did (even though it's red) it will make the rice a beautiful yellow color.  -  24 Mar 2011  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This was my first attempt at Paella and it turned out wonderfully! I read somewhere that turmeric can be used in place of saffron--although not the same it is definitely less expensive BUT beware...a little goes a long way!  -  21 Jan 2011  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)