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!!
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
Dutch oven or large pot with lid
Chop the chicken breasts into two inch cubes. Wash and rinse the valencia rice.
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.