Puerto Rican Chicken

READY IN: 1hr 30mins
Recipe by Mary Leverington

My daughter's former boyfriend fixed this dish. I modified it and tried (hopefully) to simplify the directions. There's a lot of preparation, but the results are well worth the trouble. It's a garlic lovers dream, but others may want to cut down on the garlic. I've even used more.

Top Review by leora_sarah

Suggestion- Substitute premade 'Sofrito' for Group D.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Wash chicken well and dry with paper towel.
  2. Cut into pieces, dividing each breast section and back into two pieces.
  3. Coat chicken pieces in olive oil.
  4. Mix the seasonings in Group B together and rub into chicken.
  5. Set in refrigerator overnight.
  6. In a large Dutch oven or cast iron skillet, heat olive oil from Group C on high and rapidly brown salt pork and ham.
  7. Reduce heat to medium high and brown chicken for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  8. Reduce heat to medium low.
  9. Combine ingredients from Group D in a food processor; pulse on and off 8-10 times--don't liquify; just mince.
  10. Add these ingredients to the pot and saute for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  11. Add ingredients in Group E to the pot and mix over medium heat for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  12. Add the rice from Group F and stir in.
  13. Add the liquid to the pot and mix well.
  14. Reduce heat; cover; simmer 10 minutes.
  15. Stir up rice from below; cover, simmer 10 more minutes.
  16. Remove to large platter and garnish with peas and pimientos.

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