I was sent this recipe for Chicken and Sausage Paella by Cybele Pascal a few years ago, along with a copy of her cookbook, Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking: 30-Minute Meals Without Gluten, Wheat, Dairy, Eggs, Soy, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Fish, Shellfish, and Sesame.
As you can tell by the title, it’s also for people with food allergies and food sensitivities even to unusual things like sesame seeds. (I’ve been dipping into it lately because my daughter was recently diagnosed with a sesame seed allergy.) It’s a follow up to her book The Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook.
Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking for all
I met Cybele at a event in Los Angeles several years ago. She knows all about dealing with food allergies having cooked that way since 2001 after her son, Lennon, was as diagnosed with severe dairy and soy allergies. You can find more about her on her website cybelepascal.com.
Cybele has great taste and style, which is why I fell in love with her Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking cookbook when she sent to me years ago. I still love dipping into it to find ideas for what to make for dinner. I regularly make her recipe for Garam Masala Lamb Chops with Cumin Quinoa, which my family loves. To quote my daughter, Lucie, “I really don’t like quinoa, Mom. But this is so good!”
I do love that Cybele has recipes for ethnic foods, such as Sopa de Lima, as well as classic family favorites like Chicken Noodle Casserole. In addition, she has great tips for those new to allergy-free cooking, like how to stock your pantry and what kitchen equipment you’ll need.
Allergy-Free and Easy Cook is a terrific cookbook for beginners as well as seasoned cooks who need to eliminate allergens in their kitchens.
This Mama’s tips to make chicken paella
When choosing the sausage for this paella recipe, make sure to check the label for any ingredients you may be allergic to. Don’t assume that there isn’t gluten or nuts in the sausage.
If you’re doing a lot of vegetable chopping, especially of onions, I prefer to use a food chopper over a knife. A popular model is the Vremi Food Chopper, which is very similar to the Pampered Chef Food chopper I use (and half the price).
Chicken and Sausage Paella
- 1 cup long grain basmati rice
- 2 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 pound chicken tenders, cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces
- 3/8 teaspoon smoked Spanish paprika
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup chopped yellow onion
- 8 ounces chorizo, andouille, linguica, or kielbasa, cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
- 1/4 teaspoon saffron, crushed
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 3/4 cup frozen peas
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, plus more for garnish
- Combine the rice with 1 1/4 cups of the chicken broth in a microwave-safe container. Cover and microwave for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, sprinkle the chicken tenders with the paprika and some salt and pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large heavy pan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat until starting to shimmer. Add the chicken and cook for 2 minutes per side, until lightly browned. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
- Add the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil to the pan. Add the onion and sausage and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often. Add the bell pepper, garlic, saffron, oregano, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes more.
- Add the remaining 1 cup chicken broth, bring to a boil, and deglaze the pan by scraping up any browned bits along the bottom, 1 minute or so.
- Stir in the tomatoes, partly cooked rice, and chicken, bring to a simmer, reduce the heat to medium, and cook, loosely covered, for 8 minutes more or until the liquid is absorbed.
- Add the peas and heat through for 2 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste, toss with the parsley, and serve hot, sprinkled with a little more parsley.
- Serving size: 1/6 of recipe
Originally published on January 11, 2013. Updated with new pictures and information.
Picture and recipe used with permission.