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Mi Casa, Su Casa; Charlotte's Paella, by Janis Gipson

Updated: May 4, 2023

Charlotte's Paella, by Mi Casa, Su Casa's Janis Gipson


Charlotte's Paella is not only beautiful; this Spanish dish is delicious. This recipe is also a blast from the past, but makes a welcomed appearance for a year-round table. As Janis Gipson says, "Bon appetit!"


3 tbsp good quality olive oil

6 boneless chicken thighs cut into 1” pieces

7 oz. Authentico Spanish Chorizo cut in 1” pieces *

½ tsp. salt or to taste

¼ pepper

1 large sweet onion chopped

6 cloves of garlic minced

1 ½ cups arborio paella rice*

14 oz. diced fire-roasted tomatoes

4 cups low sodium chicken broth

1 tbsp. Tabasco sauce

2 tsp smoked paprika*

1 tsp Spanish saffron*

1 ½ cups frozen green peas thawed

1 lb. large shrimp deveined tail on

1 lb.mussels scrubbed and soaked

1 lb.uniformly small clams scrubbed and soaked

  • In a large paella pan*or large heavy wok heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add diced chicken and sausage, sprinkle with salt and pepper and cook until chicken is no longer pink.

  • Move chicken to one side of the pan and add chopped onion. Cook onion until translucent and soft. Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes.

  • Stir in the rice and fire-roasted tomatoes. Let the rice cook in the tomatoes for 5 minutes. The rice should begin to brown on the bottom.

  • Add the broth, hot sauce, paprika, saffron and season with more salt and pepper if needed.Stir everything together and cover.

  • Cook for 20-25 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Please note: The rice will not be completely cooked yet.

  • Stir ingredients around and reduce heat to low.

  • Add the seafood, arrange mussels, and clams towards the center of the pan. Place shrimp towards the outer area. Scatter green peas over the entire area and cover.

  • Cook for another 15 minutes or until mussels and clams are fully open.

Serves 8

*These ingredients can be purchased online at Amazon.


– Janis Merrill-Gipson,

Janis is a self-proclaimed domestic diva, living in her hometown of Chicago, Illinois. Janis is a chef, who loves to cook, an interior decorator, an art collector, a jazz fan, and an avid reader. She believes there are many layers and components that comprise living an enriched life. And Janis is here to share tips.

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