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Spanish Paella

Spanish Paella

I can’t stop thinking about my upcoming European cruise in October so I’m going to take you all on a culinary journey featuring local cuisine from all the countries I’m going to visit.  map

First stop: Spain. I’ve always wanted to try paella because it is heavily influenced by Mediterranean flavours inspired by Arabic and Roman cuisine. For this recipe, I’ve added chicken, Spanish chorizo, and a seafood medley of octopus, clams and scallops.


  • 3 pounds chicken thighs
  • 1 bag frozen seafood (you can add frozen shrimp, scallops or octapus)
  • 1 pound chorizo sausage, casing removed and crumbled
  • Spanish-style rice
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 Spanish onion
  • 1 teaspoon Spanish paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 lemon cut into wedges
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • salt and pepper


  • Marinate chicken thighs in olive oil, paprika, oregano, and salt and pepper
  • Cook chicken thighs over medium heat 5 minutes per side and set aside
  • Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a large skillet or paella pan. Stir in garlic, onion, chorizo sausage, chicken stock, seafood and lemon.
  • Add chicken thighs and rice in skillet. Season liberally with salt and pepper. Simmer 20 minutes.

I love chorizo sausage and I hope to be incorporating it more in my dishes for a spicy kick. Hope you like it!