"What are we having tonight?" my husband asked. "Arroz con Pollo. Rice with Chicken." I replied.
"I see you remembered something from your Spanish classes after all."
Yes. Yes I did. Five years of Spanish, and I remember enough to translate what we're eating. That's better than nothing, I guess.
I think you're suppose to have more chicken in the dish, but we only had two drumsticks. Ours is truly Rice with Chicken. Lots of rice, not a lot of chicken. Just enough for two, and some rice leftover.
In our household, we usually eat Chinese fried rice. This Spanish fried rice was a much welcomed flavor change. It's an easy, delicious, and homey meal.
Arroz con Pollo
adapted from Simply Recipes
2-4 chicken drumsticks
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/8 tsp paprika
4 tbsp olive oil, separated
2 cups medium or long grained rice
1 onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tbsp red pepper, chopped
2 tbsp green pepper, chopped
3 cups chicken stock
1 cup tomatoes, diced
1/8 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp salt
Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a medium frying pan over medium heat. Rinse and pat dry chicken drumsticks. Mix salt, black pepper and paprika with flour. Dredge chicken in flour. Fry chicken until all sides are browned.
In a skillet, heat 2 tbsp olive oil in medium high heat. Add rice, spread it out and let it brown for three minutes. Stir to let the other side brown.
Add onion, peppers, and garlic. Stir until onions have softened, about three minutes. Place the chicken on top of the rice.
Add chicken stock, tomatoes, oregano, and salt. Bring it to a boil and turn the heat down to low.
We don't have a lid for this pan. But no worries...I covered it with tin foil. Simmer for 25 minutes. Fluff the rice with a fork and it's time to eat!
Served with cilantro and lime wedges.