chicken pieces, cut up - 2 to 3 pounds, with bonegarlic - 6 cloves, mincedbay leaves - 2 pieceswhole black pepper corns - 1 teaspoonvegetable or corn oil - 3 Tablespoons, for the adobovinegar - 1/4 cupsalt - 1 teaspoonwater - 1 to 2 cups, for cooking adoboextra virgin olive oil - 1/4 cupSpanish chorizos - 2 whole pieces ( 6 oz. total) slicedgarlic - 1 Tablespoon, choppedwhite onion - 1 whole large, choppedgreen beans - 1 cup, cut in 1-inch pieces, stems trimmedcarrots - 1 cup, slicedred bell pepper - 1 whole, sliced, seeded, white membrane removedlong grain white rice - 3 cupschicken broth - 6 cupssaffron - 1 packet (about half a tablespoon)hard boiled eggs - 2 pieces, peeled, sliced, for garnishtomatoes - 1 medium, chopped, seeded, for garnishgreen olives - 1/2 cup, for garnishfrozen green peas - 3/4 cup (if using canned, drain the water out)
Cook the chicken adobo ahead of time. Put all the ingredients together in a deep stock pot : chicken pieces, garlic, bay leaves, whole black pepper corns, cooking oil, vinegar, salt, water. Simmer over medium heat for 1 and ½ hours up to 2 hours till chicken is thoroughly cooked and tender. The gravy would have reduced and turned slightly thicker. Set aside.
To cook the paella : over medium high heat, in a large skillet, place the extra virgin olive oil. Add the sliced chorizos and stir around to flavor the oil, for 2 to 3 minutes. When the chorizos turn slightly glazed, and crisp at the edges, remove from the skillet and set aside.
Using the same olive oil and skillet and maintaining a medium heat, sauté the garlic and onions in extra virgin olive oil. Add the rice and mix around the skillet for about 3 minutes till the grains get puffy. Add the saffron and broth. Bring the rice mixture to a boil after about 8 minutes. Lower the heat to a slow simmer. The rice will cook completely in about 7 minutes. Stir the rice mixture every so often to avoid sticking in the bottom of skillet.
Before the rice gets cooked, at the last 7 minutes, add the green beans, carrots and red pepper slices to the mixture. Then add the pre-cooked chicken adobo. Add the green peas and sliced Spanish chorizos last. Stir the mixture so rice does not stick at the bottom.
Season with salt and pepper. Cover skillet and let the flavors blend well for a few minutes more up to 10 minutes. Turn off the heat, but keep the paella covered. Even if the heat is off, the skillet is still hot and the rice and ingredients will continue to cook at a low temperature.
Garnish with sliced eggs and chopped tomatoes. Serve hot.
Cook’s Comments: the original recipe indicated the use of pork spareribs, cut in cubes for the adobo. Also, large shrimps or prawns and crabs, cut in half, were added to the paella dish. Feel free to include as you prefer. In addition, instead of the suggested salted red eggs by Señor Alba in this recipe, I used regular hard boiled eggs. My personal preference for Spanish chorizos gave the dish the salty element needed.