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Arroz con Pollo a la chorrera
1 whole chicken, cut up OR 2 lbs. of pieces such as thighs & legs wings etc.
salt & pepper to taste
Adobo Goya to taste (optional)
2 tbsp to 1/4 cup of olive oil
1 medium to large onion, finely chopped
one green bell pepper, finely chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
3 1/2 to 4 cups of low sodium chicken broth
several strands of saffron which have soaked in 1/4 cup of warm water OR 1/4 tspn Bijol which can be found in little jars at the Latin markets.
1 cup of valencia rice
salt to taste
1 cup of frozen sweet peas
1 jar of pimientos sliced OR 1 roasted red pepper, peeled and sliced (method later)
Preheat oven to 375F
Sprinkle chicken pieces with salt, pepper and adobo if using.
Heat 2 tbsp of oil over medium high heat in a large skillet and brown the chicken pieces on all sides, do this in several batches so as not to crowd the pan. Add more oil if needed.
Remove the chicken pieces to a baking dish (I use a clay cazuela but that is not necessary) spreading them out in a single layer.
Lower the heat to medium and add the onion, pepper and garlic to the skillet and saute until soft.
Remove mixture to the baking dish distributing around the chicken.
Add the rice to the baking dish, distributing it evenly and season with salt.
Pour the chicken broth over the rice and chicken making sure all of the rice is covered, then add saffron or bijol and stir to distribute evenly.
Add the frozen peas distributing those evenly also.
Place in the center rack of the oven and bake for 30 to 40 minutes until chicken and rice are cooked through and broth has been absorbed, but not too dry.
Add the pimientos in a decorative pattern for the last 5 minutes of cooking.
I check it from time to time as it's cooking and if it looks too dry add more broth.
Serves 6 to 8
I like to roast my own peppers mainly because it's fun to watch. Place red bell peppers over an open fire on the stove until they are charred:
There! We all feel better now.