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Sammy And Emeril’s Favorite Paella

  • Yield: 6 servings


  • 1/2 cup olive oil, divided
  • 16 chicken thighs
  • 3 tablespoons Essence
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 2 pounds chorizo sausage, diced into 1/4 inch half moons
  • 2 pounds (various) sausage, sliced into 1/2-inch-long chunks
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cups small diced celery
  • 2 cups small diced green bell peppers
  • 4 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons saffron threads
  • 2 quarts chicken stock
  • 4 cups medium-grain rice
  • 2 pounds duck confit, shredded
  • 10 oz or 2 1/3 cups frozen green peas, thawed


  • Set a paella pan over a grill on medium-high heat and add 1/4 cup of the olive oil. Season the chicken with 2 tablespoons of Essence and 2 teaspoons of the salt. Once the oil is hot, sear the chicken in the pan until well caramelized, about 4 minutes per side. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.
  • Add the rest of the olive oil with the chorizo to the pan and sear, stirring occasionally, about 4 minutes. Add the sausage and cooked until well browned, an additional 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Add the onions, celery and green bell peppers to the pan and sweat until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and saffron to the pan and return the chicken to the pan as well.
  • Pour the stock in the pan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and cook the chicken for 10 minutes.
  • Add the rice to the pan and carefully stir to incorporate. Continue to cook the rice for 15 minutes.
  • Add the duck confit and the peas, turn the heat to low and continue to cook the paella until a crust begins to form on the bottom of the pan, about 5 to 7 minutes more. Serve while hot.

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