Help! Does anybody have an outstanding arroz con pollo recipe?

I've been looking for an arroz con pollo recipe for some time and so far I haven't found anything I love. Does anyone in the Food52 community have a stunner? Thank you!

Trena Heinrich


magpiebaker October 31, 2013
I have had great success with the following:
creamtea October 31, 2013
I make Jacqueline Higuera McMahon's "Californio" (yes, it is spelled correctly) version: From California Rancho Cooking.
2-3 cloves garlic
1 t. salt
2 t. chile powder
1/2 t. cumin seeds
1 T. olive oil
1 3-lb. chicken (she has you skin it, but I leave skin on)
2 T. olive oil
1 small onion, minced
[1 slice ham, cut into strips] I haven't used
2 Italian sweet sausages (optional)
1 C. long-grain rice
3 C. water or chicken stock
2 T. dry sherry
Mash garlic, salt, cumin with olive oil and chile powder into a paste. Rub over chicken parts. Allow to sit 1/2 hour. Saute in the one T. olive oil until lightly browned. Remove and saute the onion and rice for 5 minutes over medium heat.
Remove onion and pour out excess oil. Return chicken and onion to pan along with stock, sherry, ham and sausages. Bring to simmer, simmer 10 minutes. Cover tightly and bake 350º oven for about 45 minutes or until juices run clear. Allow to rest, covered 10 minutes. Really good!
Trena H. October 31, 2013
This sounds delicious. Thank you creamtea!
Trena H. October 31, 2013
You make a great point bonbonmarie re: the regional variations associated with making arroz con pollo. I look forward to trying your recipe when you post it. Many thanks!
bonbonmarie November 2, 2013
posted! I hope it makes sense; it took a bit of deciphering. Happy cooking!

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bonbonmarie October 30, 2013
That sounds delicious, pierino! Another part of the answer is that it also depends on where in the world the recipe is from. My family's version is Puerto Rican, and it differs from pierino's list in a few ways: no chorizo, livers or saffron, but it does have stuffed green olives, tiny peas, raisins, and it's color comes from achiote (annatto). I'll post it in a few days. Check back...
garlic&lemon October 31, 2013
In Panama, Arroz con Pollo is similar to the Puerto Rican one, BUT always has garlic, onion, culantro (similar to cilantro but long leaves), chopped tomatoes. No raisins. We make a sofrito with the garlic, onion & annatto, add the tomato, culantro & green olives to make a sauce. Gently stew the chicken in the sauce. Remove the chicken and set aside to cool. Cook the rice in the sauce. You may have to add more water as the rice cooks - keep an eye on it. Sometimes the rice says a little saucy - that's OK. But the "best" part is the browned rice crust on the bottom of the pan when you are done. While the rice is cooking, de-bone and shred the chicken and get the tiny peas out of the freezer. When the rice is done, stir in the shredded chicken and the tiny peas.
pierino October 31, 2013
garlic&lemon, some excellent thoughts. I'm approaching it from a European point of view but I always strive to think beyond preconceived notions. So, thank you for your input.
pierino October 30, 2013
I guess this should fall in the category of "not a recipe" as it is just a design. Your ingredients should include short grain rice, chicken pieces (of course), stock, saffron definitely,chorizo if you like, chicken livers if you want to sneaky, and then cook it up in an earthenware cazuela. The chicken needs to be browned first and you add the stock all at once. Don't stir. Just stick it in the oven or, better cook slowly on your gas range. Other embellishments might include roasted red peppers. And that is just the schematic, so introduce your own ideas.
Trena H. October 31, 2013
Thanks Pierino. Sounds like you've given me some great ideas!
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