Quick chicken & Spanish chorizo paella



I accidentally ate mac and cheese this weekend. It was not a moment of weakness where I thought, “oh, screw it, I’m eating this.” It was an honest-to-goodness mistake. We had some friends over for some BBQ this weekend and one of them brought over some bacon-filled deli mac n’ cheese. My response?  “Ooo – good call. This goes great with my potato salad!” (You know, because you can never have too many carbs at a BBQ). And I promptly took two bites before realizing what I’d done. It was as if for a moment I’d completely forgotten I’d given up gluten. I can’t say for certain if the stomach ache and massive headache I endured the next day was in direct response to those two bites, but I’m sure it didn’t help. I’ve suffered from a headache for about a week and a half now, but Sunday’s was even more intense…and coupled with an upset tummy. Now on to flushing it out of my system in preparation for our upcoming trip to Boston for  Tina’s wedding!


Ever since switching to a gluten-free diet, we’ve taken to eating a lot of rice dishes. So much that I’ve considering buying one of those enormous bags of rice to have on hand. Only then I’d have to commit to just one type of rice. I need options. Long grain rice, short grain sushi rice, mixed wild rice, white rice, brown rice. You get the picture. For this quick paella, my friend Angi and I used long grain rice instead of the traditional rice used in paella because it’s what we had on hand and  I am partial to the texture of long grain rice. If you prefer a more authentic dish, you can use Valencia rice or a short-grain rice and adjust your cooking time accordingly.


At our wedding, Lucas’s uncle leaned over to me, “I think your wedding gift will wind up on your blog.” Cryptic, but here we are. He was right.  As a complete surprise, Lucas’s aunt and uncle gave us a traditional terra-cotta dutch-oven style clay pot or cocotte and four matching clay cazuela pans. (One of many thoughtful gifts sure to make an appearance in the coming weeks.) So naturally, paella made the menu shortly after the wedding. This is weeknight paella. In contrast to the 6-hour paella Lucas made for my birthday a couple of years ago. For just one and a half hours of prep/cooking, this paella boasts tons of deep smokiness. One-pot dishes always have the potential of also turning out one-note, but this dish has layers of complex flavors that keep you interested. Inviting smoked paprika and crunchy snap peas to the party was the key that pushed this dish over the edge. Add this handsome cookware to the mix and this recipe is what we call a “repeater.”

More from Snixy Kitchen:

Loaded sweet potato portabella mushrooms
Healthy turkey and veggie chili
Sweet potato and eggs breakfast hash

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  1. Sheri says:

    I definitely need to visit you more!! This looks amazing!!

  2. Veronica says:

    Oh My what a beautiful dish! The cazuelas are beautiful and I love rice dishes! Thank you for the recipe!

  3. Snixy, that paella looks crazy delicious!
    Don’t forget to enter in my giveaway. Hope you win. xo

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