Paella with seafood, chicken and chorizo cooked from scratch in the Charlie Oven. The fiery, smoky flavour from the wood and charcoal is delicious. Such a tasty dish👌 a great dish to share with friends.
Spanish Paella is a celebration of summer. What better way to enjoy an evening at home with friends than with a taste of holidays. It's so easy to make, just a couple of key steps and leave it to cook. Unlike other rice dishes, there is no stirring once you add the stock, just leave it.
4 tablespoons of olive oil
2 chicken breasts or 4 chicken thighs, diced
2 cooking chorizo sausages, skin removed and sliced into small slices
1 large onion, diced
2 tsp smoky sweet Spanish paprika
4 large cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
1kg paella rice (also known as Spanish rice)
100ml white wine
2 litres of chicken stock
50g flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
Zest of two lemons
A pinch of saffron
500g frozen prawns
5 large fresh prawns (optional)
1 tsp salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 lemons cut into wedges
Heat the Charlie Oven to 200°C (set your fire and choke down the air vents to almost closed when the temperature hits 185-190°C). The temperature will continue to rise just a little after you choke the vents). Add wood to your charcoal. We use oak.
Put in a deep skillet pan or a paella pan if you have one. Get the pan hot before you start cooking.
Add the oil, chorizo and chicken and seal on all sides (2-3 minutes)
Add onion, garlic and paprika and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Close the door in between stirs. Season with salt and pepper.
Add the rice and stir, coating all the grains and cook for 2 minutes
Add the wine and deglaze the pan for one minute.
Heat the stock (in a saucepan on your stove) and infuse with a good pinch of saffron.
Add the hot stock to the paella pan in the Charlie Oven and stir. Place tin foil or greaseproof paper over the rice and cook for 10 minutes.
Add frozen prawns (just press them into the rice, try to avoid stirring). Cook for 5 minutes.
Add mussels and fresh prawns. Re-cover and cook for 5 minutes.
Uncover and cook for a further 2-3 minutes. Close both vents completely to infuse the dish with all the smoke inside the oven.
Serve with lemon wedges, lots of flat leaf parsley and lemon zest.
Mix and match ingredients depending on what you have at home. This dish works well with frozen mixed seafood. Add peas to increase the vegetables.
If the dish gets too dry, add more stock.