Monday, June 16, 2008

Papa's First Recipe!!
Baked Chicken, Black Beans, White Rice and Fried Plantains
Here it is!! Papa's very first recipe for his blog!!!
This is a very easy to follow recipe but does call for some slow cooking as the chicken is baked. I've taken some pictures of the ingridents you will need. The brands do not have to be the same. I believe most major grocers have a latin food section. However, if you cannot get "Mojito" or "Adobo Completo" in your area, fear not, there are lots of places you can order them these days. You can even make your own! I will also be posting the recipes for these soon! Also making sure to turn the chicken over as directed is important in achieving the taste and tenderness desired in the dish. Look for the black bean and plantain recipes in my other posts. I do hope you enjoy this dish as much as we do! Please, let us know how it turns out! Papa would love to know. Really.
Your ingridients
6 pieces CHICKEN breast, 10 drumsticks, 6 wings
7 to 8 ( more if you like) large garlic gloves, smashed
1/4 cup garlic powder
1/4 cup "Adobo Completo"
1/2 cup olive oil
2-1/2 cup "Mojito"
1 -1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon "Bijol"
The process
Heat oven to 250 degrees. Rinse and place all your chicken pieces in a large pan. Sprinkle half of the garlic power, adobo completo and the olive oil on one side adding in the garlic gloves. Turn over and repeat on the other side. Do a rub. Rub the ingridients onto the chicken pieces. Once they are nicely coated on both sides, add in the mojito with 1/4 cup of the water over the top and cover with foil paper. Place in pre-heated oven for 30 minutes.
45 mintues laters, turn up the oven to 350 degrees. While oven is heating up further, mix 1 teaspoon bijol ( a food coloring) with the remaining water and baste chicken on both sides. Re-cover and place chicken back in oven another 15 minutes before raising oven to 360 degrees. DO NOT UNCOVER! Continue to cook for approximately another 30 minutes. If chicken appears to be cooked. Remove cover and brown the chicken by raising oven to 370 degrees for another 15 to 20 minutes or as needed.

Your finish chicken! Serve with rice and beans as shown above or with mashed potates and a vegetable.

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