Monday, February 15, 2010

Arroz con Pollo

A very easy recipe to make, with a very delicious result.  Also quite price friendly for hungry and cash strapped grad students.  Serve over plantains.



  1. 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  2. 4 chicken thighs
  3. 5 chicken drumsticks
  4. 2 teaspoons salt
  5. 1/2 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
  6. 1 onion, chopped fine
  7. 4 cloves garlic, minced
  8. 1 cup canned crushed tomatoes
  9. 1/2 cup bottled pimientos, drained
  10. 1 small can (15oz) drained and rinsed black bean
  11. 1 1/2 cup rice, preferably medium-grain
  12.  2 1/2 cups water
  13. 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  14. 4 lime wedges 


  1. In a large, deep frying pan, heat the oil over moderately high heat. Season the chicken with 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and the pepper and add to the pan. Cook, turning, until well browned, about 8 minutes in all. Remove. Do not pour off chicken fat.
  2. Add the onion to the pan and reduce the heat to moderately low. Cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the (chopped) garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds longer. Add the tomatoes and pimientos, scraping the bottom of the pan to dislodge any brown bits. Stir in the beans, rice, water, the remaining 11/2 teaspoons of salt, and the cayenne, and arrange the chicken on top in an even layer.
  3. Bring to a boil and simmer until all the water is absorbed, about 12 minutes. Turn the drumsticks and reduce the heat to very low. Cover and cook until the chicken and rice are just done, about 15 minutes longer. Serve with the lime wedges.

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