Saturday, April 10, 2010

Mi Arroz con Pollo

4-5 oz. chorizo (Mexican breakfast sausage)
Paper towels
6-8 skinless chicken thighs
extra virgin olive oil
1/2 chopped green pepper
1/2 chopped red pepper
1 medium onion chopped
2 cloves garlic - minced
1 16 oz. can Hunt's roasted tomatoes
1 6 oz. can chopped green chilies
1 1/2 tsps. gr. cumin
1 1/4 cups rice
3 cups chicken broth
salt & pepper

On medium heat brown chorizo in large dutch oven pot.  When the chorizo is done cooking, turn the heat down to low.  Grab enough paper towels to soak up the grease being careful not to burn yourself.  You'll be amazed how much grease chorizo has.   Discard the paper towels.  Remove chorizo from pot and set aside.

Salt and pepper chicken thighs.  Heat 1 tbsp. olive oil in same dutch oven and add the chicken thighs.  Brown on both sides until golden brown but do not make it crispy. Take the chicken out of the pot and set it aside.  (I completely forgot to take pictures of the chicken while it was browning.  :(  - sorry!)

On medium, heat a tablespoon of olive oil in the same pot, add the chopped garlic, onions and peppers.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Saute until onion is translucent being careful not to burn it.

Once the onions are translucent add the whole can of tomatoes and green chilies and stir. 

Add the chicken and chorizo, stir and simmer for five minutes.  Add the rice and the chicken broth, sprinkle with salt and pepper, stir then turn the heat down to low-medium, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

I just took the lid off and voila!!  This is it!

I have asked around and have researched many a recipe for Arroz con Pollo (Chicken and Rice).  I guess there's a certain recipe I'm looking for and I just can't seem to find it.  Through the many recipes I looked through, I am certain that the one I'm looking for will not contain peas or olives and many of them do.  For some reason, those two ingredients do not make any sense to me and I just can't see how they could make this dish any good.  Anyway, I guess I'm looking for more of a Mexican flavored Arroz con Pollo SOOOO, I just decided to put this recipe together, picking and choosing the ingredients I wanted in mine as well as the ones I didn't want.  Hence, "Mi" (my) Arroz con Pollo.  Don liked it a lot and was very pleased with it.  I liked it too.  The flavor of the cumin, green chilies and chorizo gave it enough of a delicious kick with lots of Mexican flavor - just what I wanted. So, I am thrilled to finally have found My Arroz con Pollo recipe ~ this ones a keeper.  ~isavoredtheweekend

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