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I love paella. Although this is a vegetarian recipe, even the author added some shrimp at the end. The recipe lends itself to innovation and personal tastes. Very delicious.

Paella with chicken

Rice:

1 14-ounce can artichoke hearts

1 1/2 cups brown rice

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon saffron, crumbled

Vegetables:

2 cups finely chopped onions

1 cup finely chopped celery

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped

1 1/2 cups frozen green peas

1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes

1 – 2 grilled boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces

salt and pepper to taste

(note – original recipe called for 1 pound asparagus, cut into 2″ piece. I had none, so I did without. Still great recipe!)

First make the rice: Drain the artichoke hearts, reserving the brine from the can. Quarter the artichoke hearts and set aside. Add water to the brine to make 2 1/2 cups liquid and combine it with the rice, salt, and saffron in a heavy saucepan with a tight-fitting lid. Cover, bring to a boil, reduce heat, and very gently simmer until rice is tender, about 40-45 mintues.

When the rice has simmered for about 25 minutes, start the vegetables. Saute the onions, celery, and garlic in the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the thyme, bell pepper, and asparage if using; cover and cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes. Add the peas, tomatoes, reserved artichoke hearts, and chicken. Stir gently, cover, and continue to simmer for another 5 – 10 minutes, until the vegetables are tender. Add salt and pepper to taste. You may also add a splash of Frank’s Original Hot sauce :)

To serve the paella, spread the rice on a large platter and top with the vegetables and their juices. Makes 6 servings.

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