Island Chicken Paella

  • Yield 4 servings

Ingredients

2 pounds bone-in, skinless chicken drumsticks and thighs
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, sliced into thin wedge
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup long grain rice
1 -- (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 -- (14 ounce) can chicken broth (or 3 cups homemade chicken broth)
1/4 cup water (along with can of chicken broth)
2 tablespoons capers
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
12 -- spanish olives (green with pimento) sliced
1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
1 -- (27 ounce) jar roasted peppers or 1 large roasted red pepper, cut into strips

Instructions

  1. In large, deep nonstick skillet or paella pan with cover, warm olive oil over medium-high heat.  Add chicken and brown on all sides.  Remove chicken and set aside.  Add onion and garlic, sauteing until translucent.  Stirring in rice, cook for 1 minute.  Add tomatoes, chicken broth, capers and cayenne pepper.  Press chicken pieces down into the liquid.  Cover pan and let liquid come to a slow simmer; reduce heat to very low.  Let cook until rice is tender, about 30 to 40 minutes.  Top with olives and peas and stir very gently.  Arrange the pepper strips on top of the paella.  Cover pan again for 3 to 4 minutes, until peas are hot.  Serve in shallow bowls. 

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