Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins
This is the way my grandmother made it. I make it this way all the time. It's good and delicious!!
- 1 1⁄2 lbs boneless chicken breasts
- 1 cup long grain rice (not instant)
- 1 (5 ounce) can tomato sauce
- 2 chicken bouillon cubes
- 2 -3 garlic cloves, use garlic press*
- diced green bell pepper
- diced yellow onion
- pepper (to taste)
- 2 tablespoons shortening or 2 tablespoons lard
- 2 cups hot water
- Season chicken breast with salt and pepper.
- Brown chicken in skillet, 2-3 minutes on each side (with a little bit of oil in skillet so that it wont stick).
- When it's chicken is browned, remove from skillet; set aside. Cut into pieces when cool enough.
- In the same skillet, put shortening or Lard, let it melt. When melted, add green peppers and onion (use as little or as much as you like). Saute about 2 minutes.
- Add rice. Fry rice until golden brown.
- Add salt, pepper, cumin and minced garlic (or garlic powder, not garlic salt), be careful not to burn garlic.
- Add chicken, toss to coat with seasonings.
- Add hot water, slowly -- then add chicken bouillon and then tomato sauce. (don't have to use all of can, I usually use about 3/4 of the can).
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cover. DO NOT UNCOVER AT ALL UNTIL ALL OF THE WATER IS EVAPORATED. This is the secret!
- When the water is just about evaporated, turn heat off and keep on stove until completely evaporated.
- Remove from skillet into a serving dish and keep covered until ready to serve.
- Serve with beans and homemade tortillas!
- *On the seasonings, I don't normally measure, I just dash here and there to my taste. If not using garlic cloves, use garlic powder NOT garlic salt. You have to keep doing it until you get it perfect. I have been making this for about 25+ years and sometimes it comes out perfect, sometimes is still needs something! Keep practicing, you'll get it!
Made this tonight and it was so tasty. Instead of cumin, I used oregano and added about 2 tsp of capers, but those were the only changes I made. The rice, however, was pretty mushy. I think maybe 1 1/2 c of water would be better. But we ate it all, just was it was. Thanks for the delicious recipe.