Paella Valenciana

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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    Ingredients Print Recipe

  • 1-1/4 lbs. boneless chicken pieces (light or dark), cut into 1-1/2 - 2 inch pieces
  • 1-1/4 lbs. boneless pork loin (not tenderloin), cut into 1-1/2 - 2 inch pieces
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup diced fresh tomato
  • 8 oz. green beans, cut into 2-inch segments
  • 2-1/2 cups medium grain rice
  • 5-1/2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 large pinches high quality saffron
  • 1 14 oz. can small artichoke hearts, drained and rinsed
  • 1 14 oz. can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 12-24 snails (depending on how much you like snails)


1. Season chicken and pork with 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon black pepper.

2. In a large paella pan (about 15-inches) or a large sauté pan, sauté chicken and pork in 3 Tablespoons olive oil. Cook until all sides are nicely browned. Remove from the pan and reserve.

3. Add remaining 1 Tablespoon olive oil to the pan. Add onions and garlic and cook until lightly browned.

4. Add tomatoes and green beans and continue cooking for another 5 minutes.

5. Add remaining ingredients and remaining ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper.

6. Bring to a boil, and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 15 minutes or until the rice is al dente. Stir periodically. When the rice is cooked, turn heat to high for a few minutes and then remove from the stove. Cover with aluminum foil and let sit for 5 minutes. Serve.

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