One Dish Chicken and Rice (Asopao de Pollo)
This Puerto Rican one-dish chicken and rice stew is rich in flavor.
- 1 tablespoon(s) extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 1/4 pound(s) boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
- 4 Anaheim or poblano chile peppers, chopped
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon(s) dried oregano, crushed
- 1 teaspoon(s) sweet paprika
- 1 teaspoon(s) salt
- 1 can(s) tomato sauce
- 1 tomato, chopped
- 1 can(s) pimientos, rinsed
- 8 pimiento-stuffed green olives, sliced
- 2 tablespoon(s) capers, rinsed
- 8 cup(s) water
- 2 1/2 cup(s) brown rice
- 2/3 cup(s) packed chopped fresh cilantro
Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add chicken, chiles, onion, oregano, paprika and salt and cook, stirring, until the onions have softened, 3 to 5 minutes.
Add tomato sauce, tomato, pimientos, olives, capers and water and bring to a boil. Stir in rice; return to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, uncovered, until the sauce is thick, the rice is tender and the chicken is cooked through, 35 to 45 minutes. Stir in cilantro and serve.
Note: Anaheim chiles (a.k.a. New Mexico chiles) are 7 to 10 inches long, ripen from green to red and are mildly spicy. Poblano peppers (sometimes called pasilla peppers) are dark green in color, about 6 inches long and can be fiery or relatively mild; there's no way to tell until you taste them. The two can be used interchangeably and are found at most large supermarkets.
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