This is much less difficult than a normal paella and very pungent. Paellas are not stirred right to the bottom of the pan during cooking in the hope that a thin crust of crispy rice will form.
This is considered one of the best parts of the paella and for this reason it is a good idea to use a non stick frying pan.
1/4 cup olive oil
1 large red pepper (capsicum), seeded and cut into 1/2” strips
1 1/4 lbs chicken thigh fillets, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
3/4 lb Spanish chorizo sausage, cut into 1/2 “ slices
1/2 lb mushrooms, thinly sliced
3 large cloves garlic, crushed
1 tbsp lemon zest
1 1/2 lbs tomatoes, roughly chopped
1/2 lb green beans, cut into 3/4” lengths
1 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
2 tbsp chopped Italian parsley
1/4 tsp saffron threads dissolved in 1/4 cup hot water
2 cups short grain rice
3 cups hot chicken stock
6 lemon wedges
Heat the olive oil in a large, deep frying pan or paella pan over medium heat.
Add the red pepper and cook for 6 minutes or until softened. Remove from the pan.
Add the chicken to the pan and cook for 10 minutes or until brown on all sides. Remove.
Add the sausage to the pan and cook for 5 minutes or until golden on all sides. Remove
Add the mushrooms, garlic and lemon zest and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes.
Stir in the tomato and red pepper and cook for a further 5 minutes, or until the tomato is soft.
Add the beans, rosemary, parsley, saffron mixture, rice, chicken and the sausage.
Stir briefly and add the hot stock. Do not stir.
Reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
Remove from the heat, cover and leave to stand for 10 minutes.
Serve with lemon wedges.