Paella is traditionally made with rice and seafood and meat, but for Passover I made it with quinoa, sausage and chicken and it was healthy and delicious. It is often made with chorizo, but you can use any sausage you can find.
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- 8 ServingsServings
- 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads
- 2 cups quinoa
- 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 12 oz. regular or spicy sausage (chorizo flavored is ideal), sliced
- 5 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
- 2 red peppers, chopped
- 1 onion, roughly chopped
- Salt and pepper
- 2 tomatoes, diced or 1 can diced tomatoes
- 4 cups chicken stock or water
- 1/2 head cauliflower cut into florets
- 2 tablespoons parsley
- Put saffron in ¼ cup hot water, let sit 15 min. Rinse quinoa in a fine mesh colander under cold running water until water runs clear, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl, cover with cold water and soak 15 minutes; drain and set aside.
- Heat a deep wide pan over medium-high heat. Add the quinoa and toast, stirring, until beginning to golden, 15-20 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. Season chicken with salt and pepper and paprika. Add 1 tablespoon oil to the pan and then add the chicken. Brown on both sides and remove to a plate. Add sausage, brown and remove to a plate. Add the other 1 tablespoon oil to the pan and then add garlic, peppers, onion, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes.
- Stir in reserved quinoa, reserved saffron in water, tomatoes, and stock. Place chicken and sausage on top. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and cook until liquid is slightly reduced, 15 -20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, place the cauliflower on a baking sheet and toss with a little bit of oil. Roast in a 400 degree oven for about 30 minutes. Sprinkle with salt to taste.
- Remove the paella from heat, top with cauliflower and mix in a bit and cover with a clean kitchen towel; let sit for 10 minutes. Uncover, season with salt and pepper and top with parsley and serve in the pan.
Note: This dish reheats well. Some consider saffron to be kitniyot, it adds a nice complexity to this dish, but it can be left out on Passover.