Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Arroz con Pollo (Cuban Chicken and Rice)



Some of our fondest memories growing up in Miami involve food and family. Our Cuban grandmothers or "Abuelitas" would make us chicken and yellow rice regularly, also known as "Arroz con Pollo" in Spanish. Now that they have retired from the kitchen, we feel that it is up to us to keep the family recipes alive. 

A few months ago, we invited Mrs. P's grandmother "Abuela Popi" over to our house for a lesson in Cuban cooking. Her recipe of choice? Arroz on Pollo of course! From our family to yours, below is the recipe for one of the best dishes in Miami. You won't be disappointed!!  


Ingredients:
2 chicken breasts
6 chicken drumsticks
2 cups of valencia rice
2 1/2 cups of water
1/2 tsp. yellow coloring powder
2 tablespoons of butter
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 large yellow onions
3 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of pepper
1 tablespoon of complete seasoning 
1 Corona beer (12oz)
1 8oz can of green peas
1 6oz can of roasted red peppers
3/4 cup of Spanish olives

Kitchen essentials:

Stove
Dutch oven or large pot with lid
Cutting board
Knife
Food processor
Kitchen tongs
Wooden spoon
Measuring cups
Measuring spoons

Prep:

Chop the chicken breasts into two inch cubes. Wash and rinse the valencia rice. 

Directions:

Season the chicken with salt, pepper and complete seasoning. Add the olive oil and the butter to the pot and melt over medium heat. 

Add the chicken in small batches and brown each side until golden brown. You just want to add color and develop flavor in the chicken, it will not be fully cooked at this point. 


Meanwhile, chop the onion and garlic into small chunks and blend in a food processor. Next, remove the browned chicken and place on a plate. 


Once all the chicken has been browned, cook the onion and garlic puree in the pot for 5-6 minutes, adding some more olive oil if needed. 


Add the rice, water, and yellow powder. Mix well with a wooden spoon and return the chicken to the pot. Allow the mixture to come to a boil. Once a boil is reached lower the heat to low and partially cover with the lid. 


Cook for 30 minutes until the rice is tender. Then add the beer, peas, spanish olives and roasted red peppers. Serve immediately while warm and still has the consistence of risotto! 


Tip: If you cannot find complete seasoning in the grocery store, make a spice mixture of equal parts salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin and oregano. This mixture will work great.





49 comments:

  1. I love family recipes and thank you so much for sharing Arroz con Pollo with us! I love you used drumsticks. Cooking with bones is the best for this dish!

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    1. Your welcome!! Yes, we agree that bones have the most flavor.

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  2. This is wonderful - family recipes are the best and it is so important to keep the traditions alive - what a terrific recipe. Thank you for sharing this family recipe with all of us - your Arroz con Pollo sounds and looks just fabulous!

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    1. Thanks Andrea! We love making family recipes. :)

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  3. What a great family recipe! This dish looks mouthwatering!

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  4. Nice recipe, will have to scoop out the olives for my husband but I will put them right in my mouth! :)

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  5. It is such a blessings in life to cook for your grandmother. I bet she looks on with pride and joy that you are keeping her traditions and family recipes alive.
    I am sure she enjoyed each and every bite.
    Looks wonderful. Blessings dearest. Catherine xo

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  6. A delicious family chicken recipe, Mrs. P. It looks so tasty.

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  7. Looks tasty especially because of those green olives!!

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  8. Family recipes are the best. It is such a hearty dish.

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    1. Yes, they are! Thanks for commenting!

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  9. This Arroz con Pollo looks wonderful. I love recipes that are hand down from generations. How nice that you've got a special cooking class from Grandma. :) Can't wait to try your family's recipe.

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    1. Thanks Amy! Yes, it was a very nice experience.

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  10. Ohhhh my this is sooo beautiful AND it has beer!! AMAZING! What a great recipe!

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    1. Yup! The beer is the secret ingredient!! Corena is really the best type of beer for this recipe.

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  11. I love arroz con pollo - one of our favorite comfort food meals! It's almostr cool enough to try it soon in the desert! (It has to go below 95 for us to keep the heat on that long...) ~ David

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    1. Make sure to try it in the Fall. It is a wonderful dish all year round.

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  12. What a gorgeous pot of chicken and rice! I have a feeling my family would make it disappear in an instant!

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  13. Mmh,this arroz con pollo looks delicious!
    We have a similar version in PerĂº but the rice is not yellow but green as we use
    ground coriander to color it.
    Great recipe, thank you!

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    1. Nice! We need to try that rice some day!

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  14. I love Cuban food, this is comfort food at its best!

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    1. Cuban food is awesome, but if we would eat it everyday, we would need to spend our lives in the gym! lol

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  15. this looks delicious :-) and miami must have been a fun place to grow up

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    1. We love living in Miami. Cuban food is delicious. Enjoy!

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  16. Looks absolutely delicious, Mr. & Mrs. P!!!!
    The colors and flavors sound amazing. Cuban food sounds wonderful.

    Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

    Toodles,
    Tammy

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    1. It is wonderful! Ypu should try it. Thanks for commenting!

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  17. Family recipes are the best ;) I don't think I've ever had anything cuban before, but this looks delicous...now I want to try!

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    1. Von, you are missing out!! Cuban food is amazing! Try this recipe and let us know what you think.

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  18. ok... i am ready .. i am on your table

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  19. This is one of my all-time favorite meals!!! YUM! xo

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  20. Oh this sounds so good. Cuban cuisine has the best flavors! How wonderful to have learned this from your grandmother! That's priceless!

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    1. Yes, it does!! We love Cuban food. Enjoy!

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  21. I love Cuban food but, whatever the culture, the combination of chicken and rice is always welcome!

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    1. It's hard to go wrong with chicken and rice!

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  22. Cooking with your grandmother - what a special memory you created!

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    1. Yes, it was a great memory. Thanks for commenting.

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  23. Aww...I love your blog, guys! Finally had a chance to view all of your joyous wedding pics. LOVE! Just beautiful and you remind me of my hubby and me when we got married. And, this recipe? Mmm! Arroz con Pollo is a total classic! Love your photography with the sweet styling with olives, too. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend! xo

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    1. Thanks Stacy! It really means a lot to know that our wedding reminded you of your special day! Thanks for all the sweet comments. Have a wonderful week!

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  24. So comforting!! Love Cuban food. Can't go wrong with delicious flavors :)

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    1. This is our ultimate comfort food too!

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  25. Is there another way to color the rice so it's yellow? I haven't seen "yellow coloring powder" in my supermarket.

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