Monday, July 28, 2008

Chicken is not always chicken..

Especially when it's in this tasty rice dish. This turned out so yummy all I can tell you is get ready to roll your R's..and say it out loud....

Arroz con Pollo, porfavor!
(Chicken and Rice, please!)

The Ingridients

4 large chicken skinless, boneless, chicken breast (of pieces of your choice)

2 yellow medium onions

1/2 green bell pepper

4 to 5 large garlic gloves

2 to 3 dry bay leaves

1- 8 oz can of tomatoe sauce

5 chicken boullion cubes

Adobo Completo

1/2 teaspoon bijol

1- 12 oz. beer at room temperature (brand of your choice)

1/4 cup olive oil (brand of your choice)

2 tablespoons cooking oil (brand of your choice)

2 cups long grain white rice (rinsed)


Begin by coarsely chopping the onions, bell pepper and garlic. Toss in deep pan, add palm full of ADOBO COMPLETO, bay leaves and 1/8 cup of olive oil, saving 1/8 cup for later.
Turn heat on high and begin to fry. Once the raw ingridients are semi soft, add in the entire can of tomato sauce and continue to stir over medium high heat another minute or so. Add in chicken pieces, 4 of the chicken boullions, bijol and enough water to cover chicken. Cover with tight lid and continue to cook over medium high heat for approximately 30 to 40 minutes stirring occassionally and drizzling in the remaining olive oil half way through.
After 30 to 40 minutes, add the beer followed by the rice immediately. Add an additional 2 tablespoons of cooking oil, 2 cups of water, the 5th boullions and bring to a boil. Boil for one minute then lower the heat to LOW, cover tightly and continue to cook for another 20 minutes UNDISTURBED.
Here are the steps in pictures. I hope the visuals help!
And as always, please let us know how this recipe transalated into something tasty or not. We'd love to know!
20 minutes later, open and stir. At this point this recipe should look done but on the *wet side. Serve with the avocado salad (see "Ensalada de Aguacate") and crackers as I did or with such Cuban favorites like cuban toast, platanitos or tostones!
You can also add some color and veggies to this dish by simply opening a can of green peas and stirring in once cooked and right before serving. DELICIOUS and PRETTY!!!!!! Great party dish!
*If you would prefer dryer rice, subtract 1/2 of the water in the last step or cook a little longer. Also note this recipe can be made using your choice of chicken pieces (i.e. 2 chicken breast and 4 drumsticks, etc.)

1 comment:

Eric said...

That looks very delicious! I have got to try this recipe ASAP. Eric