Our easy, quick yet totally delicious paella is the perfect dish to put a smile on everyone’s face – especially in winter! It is packed with colour, flavour and health boosting phytonutrients (these are the special health boosting properties found in vegetables). Tomatoes and sweet red peppers are rich in anti-inflammatory lycopene. And allicin, the compound in garlic, is known for its antibacterial and immune supporting properties. Cook up our ‘pack a punch paella’ and dream of sunnier climates to help get through dark, cold days.
Place a casserole dish or saucepan (with a tight fitting lid) onto a medium heat and add a tablespoon of coconut oil.
Add the onion and sweat on a low heat until soft. Next add the chicken pieces and lightly brown for a few minutes. At this stage you are not cooking the meat all the way through, just lightly browning it.
Next add the red pepper and cook for a few minutes until slightly softened, then add the garlic and paprika and cook out for about 30 seconds before adding the rice. Next add the stock and saffron strands.
Bring the liquid up to the boil and then down to a simmer before placing the lid on and gently simmering on a low heat for 30 minutes or until the rice is cooked through.
Add the ½ tin of chopped tomatoes and reduce (with the lid off) on a medium to high heat for 5 minutes until the tomatoes have absorbed and concentrated into the rice.
Next add the prawns and peas, stir through and allow to cook for a few minutes.
Turn off the heat and place the lid back on and allow to stand for 5 minutes to continue to steam the prawns - they should change from grey to a vibrant rich pink.
Serve warm with a generous sprinkle of parsley and a squeeze of lemon.