Arroz con Pollo: A Quikie Friday Night Version!
I grew up with rice, white rice with beans, yellow rice (with a color not known in nature) and best of all Arroz con Pollo. The tastiest Arroz con Pollo I ever had was made by one of my best friend’s dad who was a foodie and had a gourmet kitchen way before it was cool. His version of Arroz con Pollo had tons of moister, mostly from tomatoes. I think his homemade chicken stock also took it from good to “culinary masterpiece”.
I wish I could say I made the masterpiece version yesterday but I had about 1 hour, not all day! I went with a casual Friday dinner version that gets most of it’s flavor from spices and uses boxed chicken broth. It was perfect dinner for a friend that wanted to stop by to chat and relax. Not a culinary masterpiece but popular in my house and my guest was happy yesterday! I like to serve it with black beans and a simple tossed salad.
- 1.5 pound chicken
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 4 tsp paprika
- 4 bay leaves
- 1.5 tsp cumin
- 2 tsp garlic
- 4 tsp olive oil
- 1 lime squeezed
- 1 onion
- 3 cups Rice
- 6 cups broth
- Make a Marinade: Mix spices, salt, lime and 2 tbsp of olive oil
- Marinade the chopped chicken as long as you can. I did it for about 10 min while the onions cooked but better if do it a bit longer.
- Brown finely chopped onion in 2 tbsp of olive oil in low heat
- Add Chicken and cook till done on medium heat. Remove chicken but preserve sauce in the pan. Put cooked chicken aside for now.
- Turn heat up and stir in rice. You want the rice almost crispy but not burned.
- Add broth and let boil. Then turn down heat to medium till rice is almost cooked about 15 mins.
- For the last 5 minutes, add back the chicken and stir frequently
- Turn off the heat and serve
Enjoy, you deserve some short cuts after a long week! Most folks will not be able to tell that this is the quickie Arroz con Pollo recipe!
My cousin, Michi asked me to make this one and share the recipe. I just wish she lived closer so she could have had it with me! Love ya primi!
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