Sopa de Arroz con Pollo
- 1/2 onion
- 1/2 red bell pepper
- 1/4 cup cilantro
- 2 crushed garlic cloves
- enough water to puree all the ingredients
- 1-1/2 lbs of chicken on the bone (I prefer thighs) seasoned with 2 packets Sazón Goya.
- 1/2 cup rice
Adapted from hispanickitchen.com
Puree onion, red bell pepper, cilantro and garlic cloves in blender.
Put the seasoned chicken and the puree in a stockpot over medium-high heat and allow it to cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. This will allow the flavors from the pureed veggies to infuse the chicken before adding all the water for the soup.
After about 10 minutes, add enough water to totally submerge the chicken, about 6 cups, add some chopped potatoes and carrots, season with salt & pepper, and 1 bay leaf. Bring it all to a boil, then lower temperature to allow it to simmer and cook for about 20-30 minutes or until the chicken is tender.
Remove the chicken from the broth and add 1/2 cup of rice to it, allow it cook while the chicken cools enough to remove the bones. Make sure to stir the broth every few minutes, making sure to remove any rice that may stick to the bottom. In the meantime, chop the chicken, if you'd like and return it to the broth. Cook just long enough for the rice to soften.
Serve in bowls and enjoy!