We are visiting Miami this week and today's dish just had to be paella! This is something I've never made and so I was pretty excited. I did have a bit of a challenge on my hands because my sister is preggers and she has seafood limitations right now. I thought I would be making a blasphemous dish but upon a nifty Google search, I found plenty of non-seafood paella recipes! Hallelujah! So here goes the recipe:
Chicken & Sausage Paella
3 chicken breasts cut into chunks
1 package sausage, cut into thick slices
1 onion sliced
3 cloves garlic chopped
4 tomatoes, chopped
2 bell peppers, sliced (red, orange, or yellow)
3 or 4 carrots, sliced
1 1/2 cup rice
2 cups water or chicken stock
4 tablespoons chopped cilantro
Seasonings to keep on hand: turmeric, cumin, paprika, Mrs. Dash (any seasoning blend you like), garlic salt (if you don't have just use regular salt), and black pepper.
1. Season the chicken with 1 tablespoon each of paprika, cumin, and Mrs. Dash, and also 1 teaspoon each of garlic salt, black pepper and turmeric.
2. In a medium high skillet (or dutch oven) brown sausage. Remove from pan and repeat with chicken.
3. Remove chicken (don't worry if it's not all the way cooked), and add onions, garlic, bell pepper, carrots and tomatoes. Let cook for about 2 minutes.
4. Add 1 tablespoon turmeric, paprika, and Mrs. Dash as well as 1 teaspoon of salt and black pepper. Saute for 1 minute. We are waking up the spices!
5. Add rice and stir until rice is coated with seasonings. Add 1 cup water and chicken and let cook for 15 minutes.
6. Taste gravy. If bland, feel free to add any extra spices you'd like at this point. If all of the water is evaporated, add second cup of water or stock. Let cook another 10-15 minutes.
7. Add sausage and continue to cook until rice is completely cooked and all water is evaporated.
8. Add cilantro and serve.
You'll notice there is no mention of spice other than the black pepper in this dish. The reason is because my brother in law doesn't handle spice well. I cut up some jalapenos on the side and we just added them to our plates. If you prefer spice, slice a couple jalapenos or serranos and add them with the sausage in the end.
This dish is so very tasty and you really don't miss the seafood. I dare you to try it. We got our butts handed to us by Miami and everyone in our house was still in a great mood because our Miami tasting trip turned out remarkably delicious!