Arroz con Pollo

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On cold wintery nights, sometimes you just want a little comfort food.  One of my favorite things growing up was arroz con pollo, which literally means chicken with rice. It is hearty and so full of flavor. This doesn’t fall into the super healthy dinner options, but its not that bad!

I had a sour stomach the other day, and I was attempting to heed the “B.R.A.T.” diet (Bananas, Rice, Apple Sauce, and Toast). Now being a private chef, eating just plain boiled rice is definitely NOT an option – give me some flavor please! Plus eating only the B.R.A.T. ingredients, you don’t get any protein and are thus hungry. Enter a childhood favorite: Arroz con Pollo.  It is predominantly rice based, but it does have chicken as well and some very nice flavor.

This was James first time to have it, and he enjoyed it a lot. It is kind of a Mexican version of a risotto or paella – what is not to love?

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What you need:

  • 1 1/2 lb chicken thighs (boneless/skinless)
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced in strips
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, thinly sliced in strips
  • 1 tomato, thinly sliced in strips
  • 1 small can tomato sauce + 1 can of water
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups of long grain rice
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt +more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp pepper +more to taste

In a large dutch oven, warm about a tablespoon of vegetable oil over medium/high heat.

Chop your chicken thighs into 1″ cubes and season with salt and pepper.

Cook in the dutch oven until about halfway done, 5 min or so, and add in your onion and bell pepper.

Cook a further 7-8min until onion is translucent and the chicken is cooked through.

Add in your rice and diced tomato and cook without any liquid for about 3-4min to get the raw flavor out of the rice.

Add in your garlic powder, cumin, salt and pepper.

Add in the tomato sauce, water, and stock, and season with salt and pepper and stir around.

Once liquid starts to boil, cover the pot and reduce heat to low.  Cook for about 25min, but double check the rice package for timing instructions.

When you are done the onion and bell pepper float to the top, you can either leave them in or pick some of them out to keep the flavor but not bite into large pieces of onion and pepper.

Finally enjoy! This is an easy one to prepare for a lot of people and please a crowd!

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