Grilled Paella

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My mom loves to make paella for big gatherings and It's always delicious. This time we decided to do it on the grill and it was fantastic. The grill is the best way to get a nice brown crunchy bottom on the rice. We like to use chicken, chorizo, clams, shrimp, and mussels in ours, but some like to add other seafood like fish or squid.
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Step 1: Ingredients

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6 boneless chicken thighs (seasoned with salt, pepper, oregano, thyme, cayenne pepper, paprika, and 4 tbl olive oil)
1 doz clams (rinsed thoroughly)
1 doz mussels (rinsed thoroughly)
1 lb shrimp (peeled)
2 links chorizo sausage (sliced)

2 medium sized onions (diced)
1 lb tomatoes (diced)
1 red pepper (diced)
1 green pepper (diced)
6 cloves garlic (minced)

8 cups chicken broth
1 tsp saffron

4 cups basmati rice

Step 2: Prepare Chicken, Sofrito, and Broth

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Cut the chicken into large chunks, season chicken and brown both sides in olive oil and set aside.
Make the sofrito by browning onions in the oil left over from the chicken. Add peppers and cook until soft. Next add the garlic and tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Cook the sofrito until most of the fluid evaporates.
Meanwhile, heat up the chicken broth with saffron and set aside.

Step 3: Start Grilling

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Preheat the grill to 350 with direct heat. Spread the basmati rice in your pan with sofrito. Add the chicken, broth, and chorizo then bring to a boil on the grill. Change grill burners to indirect heat maintaining 350 degrees (cover down). After 30 minutes, add the shrimp, clams, and mussels. Bake for another 30 minutes. Take the paella off the grill and cover for 10 minutes.

Step 4: Serve

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Enjoy on its own or with a salad on the side! 
canida2 years ago
Gorgeous pictures. I'd never thought about using my grill - great idea!
berfraper2 years ago
Looks really good, but in Spain we use bomba rice instead of basmati, tastes better. We don't use chorizo or any other sausage, but it's a good option. I have to try the american style paella. This spanglish is killing me and sorry if i have errors, english level in spain is terrible.
nikoala3 (author)  berfraper2 years ago
Good to know! I'll have to try doing it the more authentic way. Thanks for the info!
nalatnoma2 years ago
Holy cow my mouth is watering
M.C. Langer2 years ago
Looks delicious!!! OLÉ!
BrittLiv2 years ago
Oh wow, this looks extremely tasty!