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- 4 Chicken thighs
- 4 Chicken legs
- 1 tsp. dried oregano
- 2 Tlb. Sweet Paprika
- Kosher Salt
- Fresh ground pepper
- ¼ cup Olive Tap Olive Oil
- 1 Spanish chorizo sausage
- 4 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 can roasted peppers
- 1 can (16 oz) whole tomatoes, drained and crushed
- 1 cup Spanish rice
- 4-5 Saffron threads
- 8 jumbo shrimp, peeled with heads and tails on
- 3 lobster tails, split
- 8 little neck clams, scrubbed
- ½ cup frozen sweet peas, thawed
- Fresh parsley leaves, for garnish
- Lemon Wedges, for serving
Rinse the chicken pieces and pat dry. Mix the oregano and paprika with some salt and pepper in a small bowl. Rub the spice mixture all over the chicken and stick it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes so the flavor can sink in a bit.
Heat the oil in a paella pan over medium-high heat.
When the oil is beginning to smoke, add the chicken, skin-side down and brown all over, turning with tongs. Add the chorizo and continue to cook until the oil is a vibrant red color. Remove the chicken and sausage to a platter lined with paper towels.
Return the pan to the stove and lower the heat to medium. Now make a sofrito by sautéing the garlic and onion in the oil that remains in the in the pan for 7 – 10 minutes, until they begin to brown. Add the tomatoes, peppers and cook it all down until the mixture caramelizes and bit and the flavors meld. Season with salt and pepper. Fold in the rice, stirring to coat the grains. Stir in the saffron. Pour in 3 cups warm water and simmer for 10 minutes, gently moving the pan around so the rice cooks evenly and absorbs the liquid. Does not cover or stir constantly like risotto.
Add the shrimp, lobster, clams and the reserved chicken and chorizo. Five the paella a couple of good stirs to tuck all the pieces in there, then just let it simmer, without stirring, until the rice is al dente, about 15 minutes. Scatter the peas on top and continue to cook for 5 more minutes, until the paella looks fluffy and moist. (The ideal paella has a toasted rice bottom call socarrat.) Then let it rest off the heat for 5 minutes.