Seafood and Chicken Paella

by Erica Dinho on September 17, 2009

PaellaPaella is one of my favorite dishes to cook when entertaining. Not only is it delicious but it’s a one-pot dish which makes for simple preparation and easy clean-up.

My sister-in-law and her family came to visit from Virginia this summer. I made this paella for them at an early diner party with a green salad on the side. It was a hit, everybody loved it! Even my vegetarian husband couldn’t take his eyes off of it :). Enjoy!

Paella 1


(8-10 Servings)

  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 6 Spanish chorizos
  • 4 chicken tights
  • 4 chicken drumsticks
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 1/2 cups Arborio rice
  • 12 littlenecks clams, cleaned
  • Salt and pepper
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • ½ cup chopped flat parsley
  • Lemon wedges for serving
  • Large pinch saffron threads


  1. In a large paella pan over medium heat, add the olive oil and the chorizo. Sauté for 5 minutes or until the chorizo is brown. Remove and set aside.
  2. Rub the chicken pieces with paprika, salt and pepper and add to the paella pan. Sauté for 4 minutes on each side or until brown. Remove from the paella pan and set aside with the chorizo.
  3. Add the onions and garlic to the paella pan and sauté for about 7 minutes or until translucent. Add the rice and stir to coat.
  4. Add the chicken stock, stir and cook for about 15 minutes. Add the chicken pieces, chorizo and saffron, cook for about 10 more minutes.
  5. Add the shrimp and clams, give the paella a good shake and cook for 10 minutes more. Add the peas and let it sit for 5 minutes.
  6. Add the parsley and decorate with lemon wedges. Serve.
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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kim September 17, 2009 at 8:00 AM

That is one beautiful plate of food! I love spanish chorizo, but it is so expensive here, like $10 per link!! It looks delicious Erica : D


2 Claudia Medeiros September 17, 2009 at 8:56 AM

It’s mouth-watering !!!!!!!


3 Sarah Naveen September 17, 2009 at 9:56 AM

Paella looks gorgeously yummy!!!
U know wat,i had this seafood Paella, for the first time when we took a cruise to Bahamas recently.
I was against the idea of eating it ,but my foodaholic husband wanted me to taste it.
So i agreed ,wow!! it was good,It is kin of similar to The Biryani ,we make
Erica i have sent you the mail
Good day!!!


4 Melanie September 17, 2009 at 10:16 AM

What a beautiful photo and the dish sounds delish. I will share with my foodie friends on Facebook.


5 Sook September 17, 2009 at 1:54 PM

I love seafood and I’m always looking for a new way to create seafood meal. This looks like a great one!


6 karen September 17, 2009 at 2:37 PM

My daughter gave me a paella pan for Christmas and I still haven’t used it! This sounds really good!


7 nora@ffr September 17, 2009 at 3:42 PM

loovee seafood!! m drooling all over my keyboard! yumm!!


8 Gina September 17, 2009 at 5:45 PM

WOW, that looks like my absolute favorite meal! IMPRESSIVE!!!!


9 Natasha - 5 Star Foodie September 18, 2009 at 9:49 AM

Delicious looking paella! I have yet to make one at home, hoping to do that soon!


10 Erica September 18, 2009 at 10:30 AM

Thank you all so much for the comments!!!


11 Anna September 18, 2009 at 10:24 PM

I love paella it’s so festive, Yours looks delicious.


12 Diana September 20, 2009 at 12:02 PM

Erica, Que paella mas rica! Looks beautiful!!


13 shyla burleson September 24, 2009 at 1:19 PM

This looks really yummy!!!!


14 shyla burleson September 24, 2009 at 1:22 PM

this looks really wierd!!! eveen though i said it looks yummy. haha


15 Erica September 26, 2009 at 1:53 PM

Thank you everyone for visiting my blog!


16 Oysterculture October 1, 2009 at 10:23 AM

Nothing beats a good paella and this one looks awesome!


17 Chris October 11, 2010 at 1:01 AM

I love the food Erica, but the ingredients are spelled wrong, nothing against you, (my mom spoke only french when I was born, so i’ve been correcting her english for years now)

“4 chicken tights”

Should be “thighs”. I know I know, nit picking, and this dish looks AMAZING and I plan on making it soon. =)


18 Tony July 6, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Yes I have tried something similar, but this has quantities that make sense


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