Adobo seasoned chicken and rice

  • Preparation Time40 mins
  • Cooking Time15 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyMedium

For the adobo seasoning

40g salt
5g granulated garlic
2g ground cumin
2g granulated onion
2g paprika
4g freshly ground black pepper
4g ground turmeric
3g finely chopped fresh oregano leaves

For the chicken and rice

4 chicken thighs, with skin, cut in 1/2
4 chicken breasts, with skin, cut in 1/2 lengthwise
5 tbsp olive oil
1 large Spanish onion, finely diced
1 medium green pepper, finely diced
1 medium red pepper, finely diced
65g tomato powder or 1 to 2 plum tomatoes, seeded and finely diced
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
600g long-grain rice
1125ml homemade chicken stock
1 bay leaf
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup frozen peas (not thawed)
100g pimento stuffed green olives
100g pitted picholine olives
Finely chopped fresh oregano leaves
Freshly chopped coriander leaves
Freshly chopped flat-leaf parsley
Freshly squeezed lime juice
1) Mix together the salt, granulated garlic, cumin, granulated onion, paprika, black pepper, turmeric and oregano in a small bowl. Season both sides of the chicken pieces with salt and pepper and then season with the adobo seasoning mixture.

2) Heat 3 tbsp of oil in a large Dutch oven over high heat. Place the chicken in the oil skin side down, in batches, if necessary, and saute until golden brown. Turn the chicken over and cook until the second side is golden brown. Transfer the chicken to into a separate pot with all cooking juices, cover and allow to cook through over medium heat. Keep warm.

3) Place the browning pan with the remaining 2 tbsp oil back over high heat. Add the onions, green and red peppers and cook until soft. Add the tomato powder, garlic and cook for 1 min.

4) Add the rice to the pan, stir to coat the rice in the mixture and cook for 1 min. Add the chicken stock, bay leaf, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Stir well, cover, reduce the heat to medium and cook for 10 mins.

5) After 10 mins add the peas to the pot, cover and continue cooking until the rice is tender and the chicken is cooked through, about 8 mins.

6) Remove the pot from the heat and let sit 5 mins covered. Remove the lid, fluff the rice and gently fold in the olives, coriander, parsley, oregano and squeeze of lime juice. Add the chicken and stir to combine.

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