Simple Meal for a Crowd

Somewhere in a giant stack of recipes I pulled out thisĀ oven-baked paella recipe. It sounded impossible to dump chicken stock on rice and bake it, but it turned out great and would be very easy for a large-ish crowd. We have many friend on different diets, especially gluten-free ones, so I am always looking for something not overly labor intensive for company that everyone can eat. These were the ingredients called for, but you could easily swap out proteins and veggies and spices. All you have to do is sautee your protein, then veggies, add rice, and throw everything into a casserole dish. I even prepped it in advance and kept it in the fridge so I would just have to pop it in the oven.

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces, or 4 legs and 4 thighs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 16 ounces sausage (chorizo or kielbasa) cut into half-moon slices
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 cups medium-grain rice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of saffron
  • 1 cup seeded and chopped tomato
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas

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  • http://www.buildingcathedrals.com/ Kellie

    That looks good! I will have to try this out on my family (they love it when I experiment on them) and then perhaps transition it to a company dish. I am always looking for all in one dishes for company and being GF that is often difficult.

  • Katrina

    Yum, thanks for sharing!!

  • Kathy

    Sounds great. I would love to try it. What are the baking directions? Temperature? Time in oven? Thanks!


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