Arroz con Pollo

Arroz con pollo (Spanish for "chicken with rice") is traditionally made with chicken, tomatoes, green pepper, and sometimes saffron. This version adds wine and asparagus for a new twist.



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Servings: 4 to 6
Prep Time: 30 mins
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Ingredients
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    1  3 - 3 1/2 pound 
    broiler-fryer chicken, cut up
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    1/4  teaspoon 
    salt
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    1/4  teaspoon 
    pepper
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    2   tablespoons 
    olive oil or cooking oil
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    2   tablespoons 
    tomato paste
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    1   
    medium green pepper, coarsely chopped
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    1   
    medium onion, chopped
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    3   cloves 
    garlic, minced
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    2   
    medium tomatoes, coarsely chopped
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    1   cup 
    beer or chicken broth
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    3/4  cup 
    chicken broth
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    1/4  cup 
    dry white wine
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    1   
    bay leaf
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    1/2  teaspoon 
    salt
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    1/4  teaspoon 
    thread saffron (optional)
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    1   cup 
    uncooked short- or long-grain rice
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    8   ounces 
    asparagus spears, cooked crisp-tender and drained (optional)
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    1/2  cup 
    frozen peas, cooked and drained (optional)
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    1   tablespoon 
    sliced pimiento (optional)
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    1/8  teaspoon 
    pepper

Directions
1.
If desired, skin chicken. Sprinkle with the 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. In 12-inch skillet cook chicken in hot oil over medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes or until brown, turning to brown evenly. Stir in tomato paste to help color the chicken. Remove chicken.
2.
Add green pepper, onion, and garlic to skillet and cook about 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in tomatoes, beer, chicken broth, wine, bay leaf, the 1/2 teaspoon salt, the saffron, if desired, and the 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Bring to boiling. Stir in rice; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 10 minutes.
3.
Transfer to a 13x9x2-inch baking dish or 3-quart casserole; top with chicken. Cover and bake in a 350 degree F. oven for 40 to 50 minutes or until chicken and rice are tender. Remove bay leaf. If desired, transfer to a serving platter. Garnish with asparagus, peas, and pimiento. Makes 4 to 6 servings.
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 642, Fat, total (g) 26, chol. (mg) 118, sat. fat (g) 6, carb. (g) 51, fiber (g) 3, pro. (g) 43, vit. A (RE) 144, vit. C (mg) 28, sodium (mg) 708, calcium (mg) 40, iron (mg) 5, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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