Author Notes: I love this one pot meal. I originally found it on epicurious.com and since then have made quite a few variations depending upon what is in my fridge and pantry. It is great any time of year, but I especially like it in the winter when a cozy one pot meal is ideal. The flavors of the salty olives with the in season citrus satisfy any salty, sweet, and sour cravings.
This is a great recipe to double and share with a friend or neighbour. - bffoodie
- 3/4 pounds boneless chicken thighs cut into strips
- 1/2 small chicken breast cut into strips
- 1 cup yellow or Spanish rice mix with seasonings
- 4 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 1 cup water
- 4 tablespoons Olive Oil
- 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
- 1/2 cup pimento stuffed Spanish olives, cut in half
- 1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
- 3-4 oranges (one for zesting and squeezing as above)
- salt & pepper
- 1 bunch cilantro (optional)
- Cut the chicken into 1/2 inch strips.
- Add oil to a large pot that has a lid and heat it slowly.
- Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Go light on the salt since the seasoning packet and olives will add salt to the dish as well.
- Add the chicken to the pot and brown over medium high heat.
- Once the chicken begins to brown, add the zest and garlic.
- Add the liquids (water and orange juice) before the garlic begins to scorch but give the zest and garlic a little time to cook first.
- Once the liquid begins to boil add the rice and seasoning packet (You can also use a cup of rice and your own mix of "Spanish rice" seasonings) and olives.
- Reduce heat to medium low and cover the pot. Cook for about 20 minutes. The rice should be tender and the liquid absorbed.
- If you like cilantro, chop up some fresh cilantro to sprinkle over the dish as it is served.
- Cut the rest of the oranges into wedges and serve with the Brazilian Chicken.
- Bon appetit!!
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe with Citrus & Olives