In Spain, paella is something of a festive dish, made for large gatherings or celebrations and almost always cooked over a wood fire. Don't tell the Spaniards, but we think it's also a pretty great, quick and easy, one-pan stovetop recipe that can be enjoyed even in cozy and intimate settings. Filled with chicken, chorizo, and bright red peppers, our version feels like a meaty, savory, flavor-filled jubilee.
Red Bell Pepper
Chicken Stock Concentrate
Wash and dry all produce. Core, seed, and thinly slice bell pepper. Halve, peel, and dice onion. Mince or grate garlic. Slice chorizo into 1/4-inch-thick rounds.
Heat a large pan over medium heat. Add chorizo to pan and cook until it crisps and releases some of its oil, 1-2 minutes per side. Set aside, leaving oil in pan.
Season chicken on all sides with salt and pepper. Heat same pan over medium heat. (TIP: If pan seems dry, add a drizzle of oil.) Add chicken and sear until browned and cooked through, 5-6 minutes per side. Remove from pan and set aside.
Add onion, garlic, bell peppers, and a drizzle of oil to same pan over medium heat. Stir until just softened, 3-4 minutes. Add rice and stir to coat. Stir in 1 cup water, a pinch of salt, and chicken stock concentrate. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer until rice is tender, 15-20 minutes.
Meanwhile, cut lemon into wedges. Finely chop parsley. TIP: While you wait for rice to finish, try practicing this Spanish phrase: Con pan y vino se anda el camino (life is better with food and wine).
Fluff rice with a fork and season generously with salt and pepper. Place chicken on top and sprinkle with crispy chorizo. Remove pan from heat and sprinkle with parsley and a few squeezes of lemon.