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Paella with Zucchini, Shrimp and Chicken

  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 45 min
  • Servings 4

Late summer paella for your face-a! ...MORE+ LESS-

Bev Cooks
July 6, 2016


tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
white onion, finely chopped
cloves garlic, minced
tablespoons smoked paprika
2 1/2
cups chicken stock
cup cherry tomatoes
links chicken sausages, sliced
medium zucchini, sliced into half moons
extra-large shrimp, peeled and deveined
pinches coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
cup fresh basil slivers, for garnish
cup arborio rice
lemon, for the juice


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  • 1
    In a small food processor, blitz the tomatoes until smooth. Set aside.
  • 2
    Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a paella pan, or a large straight-sided pan. Add the chicken sausages and cook until browned on both sides, 4 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.
  • 3
    Add the remaining oil to the pan. Add the onions and sauté 3 minutes, or until they start to soften. Add the garlic and smoked paprika, bloom 30 seconds.
  • 4
    Add the rice and toss to coat with the onions. Toast 1 minute. Add the chicken stock and pureed tomatoes. Stir to combine. Arrange the zucchini slices on top of the rice, season with salt and pepper, cover the lid and simmer on medium for 20 minutes.
  • 5
    Remove the lid and add the chicken sausages (their accumulated juices) and shrimp to the pan. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper, cover and simmer 3 more minutes, until shrimp is opaque.
  • 6
    You should have a slight crust on the bottom. Lightly toss everything together. Spritz with fresh lemon juice and basil slivers. Serve immediately.

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More About This Recipe
  • You know the phrase "hakuna matata" and how it means "there are no worries?"

    WELL, did you know the completely authentic legendary end-of-summer phrase is actually "paella fer ya face-a?" It's totally true! It means "you should definitely eat this yummy smoky Spanish rice dish with zucchini, shrimp and chicken sausages and live happily ever after, and dance around in a circle like a monkey."


    Hey, you just don't go messing around with ancient folklore.

    Grab some arborio rice, chicken sausages, shrimp, zucchini, smoked paprika, half an onion, some garlic, tomatoes and stock! Deez eez gonna be so good.

    Start by browning your sliced sausages. I used sun-dried tomato, but you can use whatever floats your fancy boat. Then set it aside.

    Take your late summer cherry tomatoes and blitz them up in a food processor until smooth. This will add to the brothy-ness of the paella.

    Then you're gonna sauté your onions, garlic and the smoked paprika together. This smell? You don't even know. Unless you make this. And then you'll know.

    Then add the rice and get it all tossed and coated and toasted for a minute. This is very much like a risotto at this point!

    Add the stock to the pan. Or if you're using a paella dish, that's rad too.

    Then add your pureed tomatoes.

    Might I throw out that this would be awesome to make on the grill for guests this weekend? Yes, it would.

    Layer the zucchini slices over the top and season with a healthy pinch of salt and pepper. The smell is insane.

    Then after about 20 minutes of it simmering (covered!) on a medium heat, nestle the chicken sausages back in (with their accumulated juices), along with the shrimpies. Cover with the lid for about 5 more minutes aaaaaand . . .

    Paella fer ya face-a.

    And listen up. You squeeze half a lemon up in this piece and the stars of your heart will beam into the night.

    And hear this. You toss some basil slivers all up over this mother and the souls of the past will rise again.

    Okay that was weird.

    Paella fer ya face-a!

    More Paella Recipes

    Picadillo Chicken Paella Recipe
    Paella on the Grill Recipe
    Weeknight Paella Recipe

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