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Classic Paella with Shellfish Recipe

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1 hr 30 mins


Serves 6

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You will need

  • 450g mussels, rinsed, scrubbed and debearded
  • 175ml dry white wine
  • 4-6 tbsp good olive oil
  • 8 boned chicken thighs
  • 125g chorizo sausage, cut into chunks
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • pinch dried chilli flakes
  • 2 tsp spicy paprika
  • 450g Spanish paella rice (or arborio)
  • 1.2 litres chicken stock
  • large pinch saffron soaked in 3 tbsp hot water
  • 12 small ripe tomatoes, halved
  • 125g peas
  • 12 large raw prawns (or langoustine)
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 tbsp chopped flatleaf parsley


  • Step 1 : Cook the mussels

    Heat a large pan with a lid. When hot, tip in the mussels. Add the wine, place the lid on and cook until the mussels open (about 5 mins). Don’t overcook and discard any that don’t open. Drain in a colander, saving the liquid and the mussels separately.

  • Step 2 : Combine Ingredients

    Heat half the oil in a paella pan or large deep frying pan. Add the chicken thighs and chorizo and brown, turning. Stir in the garlic, onion, pepper and cook till softened. Stir in the rice.

    Add the chilli flakes and reserved mussel cooking liquid, chicken stock and soaked saffron and liquid. Stir well, bring to boil and simmer gently for 10 mins.

  • Step 3 : Finishing touches

    Stir in the tomatoes, peas and prawns and cook gently for 10 more mins.

    Once nearly all the liquid is absorbed and the rice tender, scatter mussels on top to heat through for 2 mins.

  • Step 4 : To serve

    Scatter over chopped parsley and serve with lemon wedges.