Sunday, February 6, 2011

How To Make Arroz Con Pollo (Chicken With Rice): A Tasty Dish In Puerto Rico

Ingredients to make arroz con pollo
Arroz con Pollo (Chicken with Rice) is a tasty dish in Puerto Rico.  In Puerto Rico, rice is an essential part of a Puerto Rican meal, and  Arroz con Pollo is a top choice.


2 1/2 pounds of skinless chicken breast and/or thighs.
Cut breast in halves or thirds, depending on the size.
Garlic Powder

Pam Spray (olive oil )
3-4 Tablespoons of prepared Goya "Sofrito" *
1 envelope Goya Sazon with cilantro and achiote *
1-8 oz. can tomato sauce
1-2 Knorr chicken broth cubes
1 teaspoon crushed garlic
Several dashes of cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon cilantro leaves
1 can of beer (12 oz)
1 1/2 cups water
1-2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2 1/2 cups short grain rice
Optional Garnish: canned sweet peas and strips of canned roasted red peppers

Wash chicken pieces and season with salt and garlic powder, to taste.  Set aside.

Spray the bottom and sides of 4-quart microwaveable pot, with Pam Spray.  Add all the ingredients to
the pot, except for the chicken, beer, olive oil, water and salt; stir.  Microwave covered, for 4 minutes
on High. 

Stir the ingredients.  Add the chicken and coat on all sides with the tomato mixture.  Add  half
of the liquid ( water and beer) and stir well.  At this time, you should taste for salt and add salt,
if needed.  Microwave for 15 minutes on High Power.

Add rice and remaining liquid.  Stir well.  Microwave covered, for 15 minutes on High Power.

Stir well bringing rice on the bottom to the top,  Cover, and microwave for 15-18 minutes at Medium Power.

Let stand for 15 minutes before serving.  Taste rice to make sure it is cooked and that all the water has been absorbed.

If after the resting time you find that the water is not completely absorbed, cover rice with paper towel.
Microwave covered for 4 to 5 minutes more, at Medium Power.

If, on the other hand, you find that rice needs more cooking, place 4 to 5 ice cubes on top of the rice.  Microwave covered for an additional 4 to 5 minutes at Medium power.

Place on serving dish and garnish, if desired.

Buen provecho.

* Available at most Hispanic supermarkets

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