Arroz con pollo

Junior Burger
2005/10/12 09:47:01
I need the recipe to make rice with chicken mexican style.
RE: Arroz con pollo 2005/12/03 09:31:26
Originally posted by deb741

I need the recipe to make rice with chicken mexican style.

Traditional Puerto Rican Arroz Con Pollo:

whole chicken, cut up as directed

The adobo:
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon oregano
1 teaspoon vinegar or freshly squeezed lime juice
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

The Stock:
1 clove garlic, smashed flat
1 small onion, coarsely chopped
1 stalk celery, cut up
4 or 5 sprigs cilantro (fresh coriander)

The "Recaito":
1 small onion
2 Italian green peppers or 1 green bell pepper,
cored and seeded
6 aji dulce chiles, if available, cored and seeded
several sprigs cilantro (fresh coriander), to taste

3 tablespoons annato oil
1/4 cup ham or salt pork, diced
1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups beer (optional)
2 cups medium-grain white rice
l8 pimiento-stuffed olives, cut in half
1 tablespoon capers, cut in half if large
1 roasted red pepper or 1 small jar roasted red pepper (pimiento), cut into strips
1 cup fresh or frozen peas

Cut the chicken, or have it cut, into 2 thighs, 2 drumsticks, 2 wings, 2 wing tips,a back piece, and 4 breast pieces. Reserve the neck, back, and wing tips for stock.

Mix all the ingredients for the adobo and rub over the remaining pieces.

Refrigerate several hours or overnight, or let sit at room temperature 1 hour toabsorb the flavors.
Meanwhile, make the stock. Put the neck, back, and wing tips (and giblets if you like) in 4 cups of water with the garlic, onion, celery, and cilantro. Cook uncovered 2 to 3 hours, then strain out the solids and return the stock to the pot.

Coarsely chop the recaito ingredients, then process them together in a food processor until very finely minced but not watery.

Heat the oil over medium heat in a large, wide, heavy-bottomed saucepan, Dutch oven,or skillet. Add diced ham or salt pork, if using, and cook 3 to 5 minutes. Remove any solid fat pieces but leave the meat in the pot. Add chicken thighs and drumsticks and cook 5 minutes. Add remaining chicken pieces and cook another 10 minutes to brown all pieces on both sides.
Remove and set aside. Add the recaito and cook 5 minutes. Add tomato sauce, then 3 cups hot stock (or 1 1/2 cups stock and 1 1/2 cups beer) and the rice. Bring to a boil.Return chicken to pan. Stir in the olives and capers, and some salt, if needed.. Reduce heat and boil gently, uncovered, until all the surface water dissapears Puerto Rican cooks say to cook uncovered until the rice is dry). With a wooden stirring spoon, turn up the rice from the bottom of the pot.

Reduce heat to very low, cover the pot, and cook for 1 hour, uncovering briefly every 15 minutes to turn up the rice from the bottom of the pan.

Turn the rice and chicken onto a serving platter and garnish with the pimiento strips and the peas. Scrape up the pegao (the bottom crust, with a spatula (it will come off in pieces) and pass in a separate serving dish or scatter the pieces around the edges of the platter. It should be crisp and colored anywhere from gold to brown, but not burned.