Arroz Imperial Con Pollo - Imperial Rice With Chicken

Recipe by Manami
READY IN: 2hrs 5mins
SERVES: 8-10




  • Wash chicken and place in a stock pot.
  • Approximately 1-1/2 quarts to 2 quarts of water to fully cover meat.
  • Bring to a boil and simmer with 1 onion, 2 garlic cloves, 2 sticks celery, 2 carrots, all chopped into large chunks, and salt & pepper to taste.
  • Cook uncovered until the meat falls apart - keep checking, the broth and chicken.
  • Remove chicken and reserve the broth.(You will use some of the broth to make the rice).
  • Skim excess fat, if any, from the top and strain the broth.
  • When cool enough, shred chicken into small pieces by hand.
  • In a large frying pan, saute the bacon briefly.
  • Drain most, but not all of the excess fat.
  • Add a tiny bit of olive oil and heat.
  • Add onion, green pepper, green onions, oregano, and bay leaf.
  • Saute onions until translucent.
  • Add the garlic and saute for one additional minute, stirring occasionally.
  • Add tomato sauce, chicken and sherry.
  • Bring to a boil reduce heat and simmer(uncovered) approximately 15 minutes to thicken sauce.
  • Add peas, pimentos, lime juice and pimento stuffed olives, during the last five minutes of cooking.
  • Salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  • In a large covered pan, mix the rice with the chicken broth and/or paprika.
  • Bring to a boil, cover and cook over low heat until the rice is thoroughly cooked and most of the broth absorbed, about 20 minutes.
  • Add the mayonnaise to the cooked rice, a little at a time, and mix thoroughly.
  • Preheat oven to 325°F.
  • Spread 1/3 of the rice mixture onto the bottom of a 13x9x2" (we use a foil baking pan - ease of clean-up).
  • Layer chicken mixture on top of the rice.
  • Then add another layer of rice mixture.
  • Generously sprinkle with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese on top of this layer.
  • Add the remaining rice.
  • Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese on the top layer, then spread the shredded Monterey Jack completely over the top.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned and the cheese melts completely and bubbles.
  • Enjoy, you've earned it!