Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Arroz con Pollo


     Now this was yummy! It's just a Latino-style chicken and rice dish, but it is very good. I found this recipe on America's Test Kitchen's, they are one of my all time favorite places to get recipes from. They have a couple of cooking shows on PBS and they put out a few magazines. I get the Cook's Country magazine, and I watch the Cook's Country and Americas Test Kitchen tv shows. They are my favorite cooking shows of all time! They test all kinds of ways to make a recipe and then they tell you the best way to make it and how not to make it. I have not had any of their recipes turn out poorly. I really hope that you check them out and that you try this recipe soon. Enjoy!

To keep the dish from becoming greasy, it is important to remove excess fat from the chicken thighs and trim the skin. To use long-grain rice instead of medium-grain, increase the water to 3/4 cup in step 2.

Serve 4 to 6
6medium cloves garlic , minced or pressed through garlic press (about 2 tablespoons)

Table salt
1/2teaspoon dried oregano
1tablespoon distilled white vinegar plus 2 additional teaspoons

Ground black pepper
8bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (3 1/2 to 4 pounds), trimmed of excess skin and fat
2tablespoons olive oil
1medium onion , chopped fine (about 1 cup)
1small green bell pepper , stemmed, seeded, and chopped fine (about 3/4 cup)
1/4teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
1/4cup minced fresh cilantro leaves

1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
1 3/4cups low-sodium chicken broth
1/4cup water
3cups medium-grain rice (see note above)
1/2cup green olives (manzanilla), pitted and halved
1tablespoon capers
1/2cup jarred pimentos , cut into 1/4 by 2-inch strips

Lemon wedges , for serving

1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Place garlic and 1 teaspoon salt in large bowl; using rubber spatula, mix to make smooth paste. Add oregano, 1 tablespoon vinegar, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper to garlic-salt mixture; stir to combine. Place chicken in bowl with marinade. Coat chicken pieces evenly with marinade; set aside for 15 minutes.

2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in Dutch oven over medium heat until shimmering. Add onion, green pepper, and pepper flakes; cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables begin to soften, 4 to 8 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons cilantro; stir to combine. Push vegetables to sides of pot and increase heat to medium-high. Add chicken to clearing in center of pot, skin side down, in even layer. Cook, without moving chicken, until outer layer of meat becomes opaque, 2 to 4 minutes. (If chicken begins to brown, reduce heat to medium.) Using tongs, flip chicken and cook on second side until opaque, 2 to 4 minutes more. Add tomato sauce, broth, and water; stir to combine. Bring to simmer; cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 20 minutes.

3. Add rice, olives, capers, and 3/4 teaspoon salt; stir well. Bring to simmer, cover, and place pot in oven. After 10 minutes, remove pot from oven and stir chicken and rice once from bottom up. Return pot to oven. After another 10 minutes, stir once more, adding 1/4 cup water if rice appears dry and bottom of pot is beginning to burn. Cover and return pot to oven; cook until rice has absorbed all liquid and is tender but still holds its shape and temperature of chicken registers 175 degrees on instant-read thermometer, about 10 minutes longer.

4. Using tongs, remove chicken from pot; replace lid and set pot aside. Remove and discard chicken skin; using 2 spoons, pull meat off bones into large chunks. Using fingers, remove remaining fat or dark veins from chicken pieces. Place chicken in large bowl and toss with remaining tablespoon olive oil, remaining 2 teaspoons vinegar, remaining 2 tablespoons cilantro, and pimentos; season with salt and pepper to taste. Place chicken on top of rice, cover, and let stand until warmed through, about 5 minutes. Serve, passing lemon wedges separately.

1 comment:

  1. I found your blog! Anyway, my father-in-law LOVES arroz con pollo and has requested it for a future meal. I'll have to try this recipe! I'm with can't go wrong with America's Test Kitchen!


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