Cuban chicken and rice (Arroz con Pollo) comes in many variations; however, it always starts with sofrito, a sautéed mixture of onion, bell pepper, and garlic. We use turmeric to color the rice yellow; other versions use annatto seeds or saffron.
Sprinkle chicken with salt, black pepper, and 1 teaspoon oregano. Heat oil in Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 8 minutes, browning on all sides. Remove chicken from pan; drizzle with lime juice. Cover; keep warm.
Add onion, bell pepper, and garlic to pan. Cover, reduce heat to low, and cook 10 minutes or until tender. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon oregano, turmeric, and cumin, and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in rice and ham; cook 1 minute. Increase heat to medium. Add broth and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Add chicken, nestling into the rice mixture. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 18 minutes or until liquid is almost absorbed. Stir in peas; cover and cook 3 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand, uncovered, 5 minutes. Sprinkle with olives.
My husband is a very picky eater, particularly when it comes to international foods. He said that this dish was "really good, almost restaurant quality". I've been cooking for him since 2009 and this is the first time he's ever called anything "almost restaurant quality", so I am taking that as a compliment. I did make it with bone-in chicken breast instead of drumsticks and thighs. After browning, I roasted the chicken in the oven and then finished it in the rice for the last 20 minutes. I then put the chicken back in the oven for a few minutes to crisp up the skin. I don't eat chicken so I also made a version using Mahi Mahi instead of chicken and substituted portobellas for the ham in the rice. I browned the mahi and then added it back to the pan in the last 5-7 minutes to finish it off.
EXCELLENT flavors. Those green olives really make it come to life. Exactly what I was looking for. I made the recipe as written, next time I will probably use chicken tenders or boneless breasts. My husband and daughter LOVED it. The entire pot was gone at the end of the day between the 3 of us! My daughter even printed the recipe so she can make it at home. Def a keeper.
Very good! Used chicken tenders instead. Had all the other ingredients on hand except ham so used bacon. So the chicken would not be over done, I did not add it to the rice for the first 10 minutes the rice cooked. Worked fine.
I had to modify out of necessity as I didn't want to go to the grocery. I used chicken BREAST, did not sprinkle with lime juice, used chopped RED pepper, had no peas nor ham and didn't want to use bacon as I was using that in the red beans I was serving with it. Still great! Wonderful flavor. Chicken is all gone but I will have the red beans on top of the rice for lunch and can't wait! I will make again.