Cuban Chicken and Rice

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 15 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 1 hr
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

2 tablespoons canola oil

One 4-pound chicken, cut into 8 pieces

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 medium yellow onion, chopped, divided

1 green bell pepper, chopped, divided

1 tablespoon chopped garlic

1 tablespoon chile powder

3 cups long grain rice

One 8-ounce can tomato sauce

3/4 cup olives stuffed with pimentos, drained

1 tablespoon chopped cilantro

Directions

  1. Heat the oil in a large, heavy bottom pot over medium-high heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper, add to the pot, and brown in batches on both sides, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Remove the chicken to a plate. To the pot, add half the onions and half the green peppers (reserve remaining half for another use, such as Round 2 Recipe Black Bean and Pork Stew). Cook until softened, about 3 minutes, and then add the garlic and chile powder and season with salt and pepper. Stir in the rice and let it toast for 2 minutes. Add 4 cups water, tomato sauce, and olives and give it a stir. Put the chicken back into the pot. Bring it to a boil, lower the heat, cover, and simmer until the chicken is cooked through and the rice is tender, 30 to 35 minutes. (Reserve 2 cups rice for another use, such as Round 2 Recipe Rice Cakes with Creamy Cilantro Sauce.) Serve garnished with cilantro.

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