Seafood & Chicken Paella

If you haven’t made our EASY Summer Paella yet, what are you waiting for?! We’re blasting some tunes (You’re So Vain to be exact since we’re loading this dish up with some of our You’re So Spain spice blend) and getting cooking.

Trust us, this is the perfect summer dinner meal. It’s fun and delicious, which means your friends and family will love it. It’s easy for you (did we already mention that…?), which means you’ll love it! Sounds like a win-win situation to us…


Makes 8 servings

  • 12
    jumbo shrimp in their shells 16 mussels or clams, scrubbed and de-bearded
  • 16
    mussels or clams, scrubbed and de-bearded
  • 1
    bag frozen seafood mix from Trader Joe’s (shrimp, calamari & scallops (thawed)
  • 4
    skin-on chicken legs
  • 1 large
    onion, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp
    olive oil
  • 2 cloves
    garlic, crushed to a paste or finely chopped
  • 2 large
    tomatoes, peeled and chopped
  • ½ tsp
    tsp sugar
  • ½ cup
    frozen green peas
  • 1
    red pepper sliced thin
  • 3 tbsp
  • A good pinch of saffron threads
  •  cups
    medium-grain Spanish paella rice
  • 2 cups
    fish/seafood stock, plus more if needed
  • 1 cup
    dry white wine
  • lemon wedges for serving
  • fresh cilantro or parsley for garnish

Make the Chicken

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 F. Prepare a small baking tray with parchment paper.  Season the chicken legs with the 1 tbsp of the You’re So Spain spice blend, sea salt and pepper. 
  2. Spray or rub olive on the legs and work the spices in. Place on the baking tray and into the oven when ready. Bake uncovered for 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, start the Paella:

  1. Sauté the onion in the oil in a 16-inch paella pan until soft, stirring often. Stir in the garlic, and before it begins to color, add the tomatoes. 
  2. Add the sugar, salt to taste, 1 tbsp You're So Spain Savory Spice Blend, and saffron, stir well, and cook until the tomatoes are reduced to a jammy sauce and the oil is sizzling.
  3. Add the rice and stir well until all the grains are coated. (You can prepare the dish to this point up to an hour in advance.
  4. Bring the stock and wine to a boil in a saucepan then add last tbsp of paella spice and stir.
  5. Pour over the rice, bring to a boil, and add salt to taste (even if the broth tastes a bit salty, it will not be salty when it is absorbed by the rice). Stir well and spread the rice out evenly in the pan (do not stir again)
  6. Cook the rice over low heat for 18 to 20 minutes, moving the pan around and rotating it so that the rice cooks evenly.
  7. Uncover and add the cooked chicken legs evenly around the pan.
  8. Sprinkle the seafood mix and frozen peas around the pan. Lay the shrimp & sliced red peppers on top and cover. After 10 minutes and they are starting to turn pink, turn them.
  9. Add a little more hot stock toward the end if the rice seems too dry and you hear crackly frying noises before it is done. Steam the mussels/clams with a finger of water in a pan with a tight-fitting lid. As soon as they open, they are cooked. Throw away any that have not opened. Arrange the mussels on top of the paella. Sprinkle with cilantro or parsley and add lemon wedges. Serve hot or warm.
  10. NOTE: The rice is done when tender and still a bit moist; if the mixture has stuck to the bottom of the pan, you have socarrat, a characteristic of good paella!
Samantha Binkley