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      RECIPE TITLE "Paella" from The Perdue Chicken Cookbook, Copyright © Mitzi Perdue

    yields Serves 4 to 6 time---difficultyeasy

    Paella is a Spanish dish with a mixture of rice, vegetables, meat and sometimes shellfish.
    I lived in Spain for a couple of years and came to the conclusion that there must be almost as many versions of Paella as there are Spanish cooks - which means that you have a lot of latitude to vary the ingredients according to what you have handy in your refrigerator. I like this better the next day, when the different flavors have had a chance to "marry."


    • 10 chicken wings
    • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage links
    • 1 teaspoon browning sauce
    • 1 large onion, chopped
    • 1 sweet red pepper, cut into thin strips
    • 1 medium-sized zucchini, chopped
    • 1 can (16-ounces) tomatoes, undrained
    • 1/2 cup hot water
    • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
    • 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco
    • 2 cups hot cooked rice
    • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed


    1. Cut wing-tip section from wings. Set tips aside to cook later in soup or stew, if desired. Brush sausages with browning sauce; cut into 1-inch pieces. In 3-quart microwave-safe dish, place sausage pieces; cover with wax paper.
    2. Microwave at HIGH (100% power) 6 to 7 minutes, or until sausage loses its pink color, stirring twice. With slotted spoon remove sausage. To drippings in dish, add onion, red pepper and zucchini; cover with plastic wrap.
    3. Microwave at HIGH 5 minutes, stirring twice. Add tomatoes, browned sausages, water, salt, oregano, paprika, turmeric and Tabasco; stir to blend. Arrange chicken wings in circular pattern on top of tomato mixture. Cover with plastic wrap; microwave at HIGH 5 minutes. Reduce power to MEDIUM-HIGH (70% power); cook 10 minutes per pound.
    4. Halfway through cooking time, turn wings over; re-cover and complete cooking. Stir in hot cooked rice and peas; microwave at HIGH 3 minutes.
    5. To warm for serving, cover with plastic wrap to speed cooking and microwave at HIGH until heated through.
      Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

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