Spanish Chicken and Rice

  • Susie1 Posted: 08/10/09
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    This was very tasty! It made big servings. I cut the chicken in bite size pieces. Browned and removed until vegetables were done. Then added back in with remainder of ingredients. I also put in the rice to simmer for 20 min. I didn't think it would cook enough for just 2 min. Added the pea's for 2 min. The olives were a nice add to this recipe. Will make it again definitely!

  • bobbo605 Posted: 11/04/09
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    I followed this recipe to a "T", except for adding extra Mexican seasoning blend to the chicken before cooking. Once on the table, my husband said "Do NOT make this again." Now, considering I am the type of person who only makes things once unless it's a fabulous concoction, I had to listen to him, as he is the same way. We are constantly on the search for new and different recipes. Regardless, I think the recipe should tell you to remove the chicken from the pan before adding the peppers and onions. Our chicken turned out over-cooked and dry. The rice was under-cooked and there was not a lot of flavor. If I were to make this again (and I won't), I would sub in 2 cans of Rotel tomatoes instead.

  • Erica777 Posted: 10/05/09
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    This dish is delicious! My disclaimer, though, is that I did make a couple of changes based on some reviews. Had 3-4 plum tomatoes that I diced and threw in for extra moisture, and that seemed to work great. Also, added a pinch of crushed red pepper for spice and then stirred in about double the green olives. Had great kick and flavor! Highly recommended.

  • guinness4029 Posted: 06/02/10
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    Really? 5 Stars? Husband and I thought this was bland, too tomatoey, and rice was undercooked. I added paprika to the chicken. I took the chicken out of the pan after first cooking it, and added back with the peas. Servings were big. That was a plus except for the undercooked rice and the bland sauce.

  • love2coooook Posted: 11/13/09
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    I've made this several times and it is very good. I did spice it up a bit, by adding some cumin ground red pepper to the chicken. Also used a can of tomatoes with diced green chilies. Be careful not to overcook the chicken, or it will be dry though.

  • MariaRCA Posted: 02/24/10
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    It is great to see how everyone re-invents this dish and adds a personal touch to it. It is definitely a keeper for a fast week dinner. I changed the chiken for fish and added a couple of zucchinis. It's not a true paella, but is a great dish.

  • BootsNdeb01 Posted: 01/08/11
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    I made a lot of changes based on the reviews of the other readers. I am thinking that the makers of this recipe forgot to tell the rest of us that you should use minute rice. I didn't use minute rice and we are going on 40 minutes to get tender rice now. So here are the suggested changes by me: 1. Quick Cook Rice 2. Take the chicken out once you have browned it. Put it back in after you have cooked the bell pepper and onion. 3. Add one packet of Sazon Goya to the mixture. 4. Use one can of regular tomatoes and one can of tomatoes with jalapenos I think that sums it up. Seriously, waiting for the rice is what is screwing this recipe up. Use quick rice or cook it separately. I love tomatoey style food so the flavor was good to me. It isn't meant to be Mexican, it is Spanish.

  • mrsnobody Posted: 04/12/11
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    This recipe was fine. I took the chicken out after browning and added it back in with the peas so not to overcook it. I also added some oregano and comino. It was unremarkable but not offensive. I'd probably make it again, but because it's cheap and easy, not because it's fantastic.

  • Katie34 Posted: 11/28/11
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    I thought this turned out great. My MIL makes the best arroz con pollo and I was looking for a quick fix that would be similar to her recipe. This was pretty darn close. I left out the peas since I realized mine were frost-bitten at the last minute. And I realized I was out of olives (not my best week) and so I threw in some capers to give it that bit of zing. Despite my tampering the recipe still turned out solid. Next time I will have the peas and olives and it will probably be even better. This is a definite keeper. Great to take in for lunch and I would be happy serving this to guests for something a bit different. If you want to mix it up even more try tossing in some Italian sausage. Yum!

  • Debra666 Posted: 01/12/12
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    I thought this dish was wonderful. Unlike the average person complaining below, I am not a salt addict and appreciate food for its own flavor, not the flavor of tons of salt poured on it. Also, if the rice is undercooked, blame yourself for not checking before removing from heat. Have you NEVER cooked before?? Also, I made this a second time and added a little Mediterranean spice. Delicious!!

  • PonyGirl888 Posted: 01/10/12
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    Very boring. Needed a lot of additional spices but was a great start to a meal.

  • debjcarp Posted: 01/19/13
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    Good one pot meal. If you need more salt, the olives give it that. The base recipe is very good because you can add what you want to make it spicier, saltier or add sausage or shrimp. Picture will follow soon.

  • NewCook74 Posted: 04/25/12
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    This was okay as I followed the recipe as it was written. I did use instant rice even though the recipe didn't call for it. I just knew it would be faster. I must say, the dish was missing something. It shouldn't have been called Spanish Chicken and Rice because quite frankly, it was really spanish at all? If I were to make it again, I would definitely add something to spice it up like jalapenos or red pepper something to give it a kick. Also, the 28 ounces of diced tomatoes WITH juice I think made it too tomatoey-sp? I would opt to use a smaller can and not add the juice.

  • jkellya03 Posted: 02/21/13
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    i wouldn't make this for company but it was very good for dinner with my husband.

  • LaceyMarchese Posted: 06/11/12
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    This was good enough for a week night meal. Pretty inexpensive, as most of the ingredients should be on hand. I agree with previous reviewers that the recipe COULD be bland, however, I used Basil Garlic and Oregano diced tomatoes and thought the flavor was awesome. As far as the rice being undercooked, I didn't feel it was. It was perfect for us - but then again we prefer a firmer rice as opposed to overdone/soggy. I will definitely be making this again.

  • 78jessica Posted: 03/26/14
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    DH and I did not enjoy this recipe at all. The flavor of the chicken itself was very bland and the rice and vegetables not much better. Beware that most rice takes more than 20 minutes to cook. I tried the recipe because I thought it sounded similar to the Panamanian dish Pollo Guisado, however this one tastes nothing like it, despite very similar ingredients.

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