Arroz Con Pollo

by Chef Danie (@chefdanie)

 

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ to 2 lbs of chicken quarters (legs & thighs, with skin)

  • 1 cup La Lechonera Mojo Criollo (regular or natural)

  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil

  • 1 small jalapeño, diced

  • 1 red bell pepper, diced

  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced or paste

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

  • 2 cubes of chicken bouillon

  • 1 pinch of saffron

  • 2 tablespoons of adobo seasoning

  • 1 tablespoon of paprika

  • 1 tablespoon of tomato paste

  • 1 ¼  cups of long-grain white rice

  • 2 ¼  cups of water

  • ½  cup of frozen peas

  • ½  cup of green pigeon peas

  • ¼  cup of chopped fresh cilantro (save some for garnishing)

  • lime wedges or slices (for serving) 

Directions

  • Clean chicken using a wash of water & vinegar (or lime/lemon juice) & remove any extra fat that you would not like.

  • Once washed, place the chicken into a bowl and pour in the La Lechonera Mojo Criollo Marinade. Let marinate in the fridge for a minimum of an hour (or overnight).

  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil on medium to high heat. Once oil is hot, add the chicken pieces, skin-side down and cook for 5-7 minutes or until golden brown. Avoid overcrowding the pan, as this will steam the chicken and prevent the skin from getting crispy. Cook in batches if necessary. 
    Flip the chicken pieces and continue cooking until all sides are evenly browned. Then transfer the chicken to a large plate and let sit so that all the juices may redistribute.

  • Using the reserved fat in the pan, add the onions and bell peppers to the skillet and sauté on medium to high heat for 6 to 8 minutes (or until onions are translucent).

  • Once onions and bell peppers are cooked, add the peas, garlic, spices, jalapeño, tomato paste, and half of your cilantro to the pan. 
    Stir to combine and cook for an additional minute (or until fragrant). 

  • Stir in the rice and evenly mix with spices, onions, bell peppers, and cilantro. Continue cooking rice until it is golden brown (or fragrant) for about one minute.

  • Spread the rice mixture into an even layer and place the browned chicken pieces, along with any juices, over the rice mixture. 

  • Pour in your water and bring liquid to a high simmer (a gentle boil), cover tightly with a lid, and cook for 20 minutes or until the rice has absorbed the liquid fully and the chicken is cooked through (cooking temperature for chicken is 165 degrees Fahrenheit). 

  • [OPTIONAL] Remove lid from skillet and cover with aluminum foil and place in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for 5 minutes. Remove the foil and allow the mixture broil on high for an additional 5 minutes or so to crisp up the chicken.

  • Garnish with remaining chopped cilantro and serve with wedges of fresh lime.