Well, I have been slacking in the blogging department. I wanted to share another Peruvian masterpiece from The Herbal Husband. I thought I had share this recipe before, but it appears I'm keeping it from you. We were getting in a rut with meals. The same food every week. So when The Herbal Husband mentioned arroz con pollo (rice with chicken), I was in! Here is the recipe:
Arroz con Pollo
1 whole chicken cut in pieces or 8 thighs with skin and bones
1/3 cup of oil
1 medium onion diced
1 fresh hot pepper or powdered hot pepper to taste (It was left out of ours
and it was just as good without it.)
1 cup cilantro leaves, minced
1 teaspoon of granulated garlic or 2 cloves of garlic minced
¼ pound of fresh peas or a small bag of frozen peas
3-1/2 cups of long grain rice
Salt & pepper to taste
¼ teaspoon of cumin
3-1/2 cups of water or chicken stock plus additional cup of beer,
water or stock to be added at end of cooking
1 sweet red pepper, diced
Marinate chicken pieces with salt, pepper, cumin and hot pepper (if powdered) for 15 minutes. Heat oil and fry chicken to seal in juices in a Dutch oven. Keeping chicken in the pot, add the onion, then garlic and cook until light brown. Stir to keep from burning. Add water or stock and cilantro. When mixture comes to a boil, add rice and simmer covered for 15 minutes or until liquid is gone. Add fresh or frozen peas 3 minutes before being done with the diced red pepper. If desired, stir in one glass of beer, water or stock (about 8 oz.) to rice at end to make it moist and help it finish cooking. Turn heat off and let it sit on the burner covered for 5 to 10 minutes until rice is done.
The purple bits you may see in the photo are purple potatoes that were an addition to this version of the recipe. The Herbal Husband said not to list them as an ingredient because they are not traditionally in arroz con pollo. So there you have it. Maybe dinner for you tonight if you are still searching for a dinner idea.
It was raining cats and dogs a little while go. We don't have snow at the moment. Thank goodness, but snow back in the forecast for tomorrow night! Winter is not through with us yet. Stay safe. Talk to you later.