Gourmet Arroz con Pollo

Recipe by Sharon123
READY IN: 1hr 5mins




  • Place 1/2 cup of olive oil in small pan and add the achiote.
  • Heat on medium heat until bubbles form, then remove from heat and let steep.
  • Drain achiote seeds from oil (should be a vibrant reddish-orange color).
  • Place oil in large stockpot.
  • Heat oil on high and place chicken pieces in pot and brown; this is done just to brown chicken NOT to cook it.
  • Remove chicken from pot.
  • Place diced onions, garlic, and peppers in pot with the achiote.
  • Saute until soft (do not burn garlic).
  • Put capers in pot and cook for a while with the onion mixture.
  • Add rice to the pot with garlic, peppers, garlic and capers, then swirl rice into the mixture.
  • Let the rice cook for just about a minute.
  • Place cut up cilantro (or parsley) and basil in pot.
  • Add in chicken broth and make sure you scrape the pot.
  • Add chicken pieces back in.
  • Put olives in and mix.
  • Place bay leaves in pot.
  • Check for seasonings (Please note: add salt and pepper at the end).
  • Let the mixture cook on medium heat until the rice is done.
  • Add peas just before serving.
  • In another medium pot place peeled asparagus in water and boil until they turn bright green.
  • Place in ice bath to stop the cooking process.
  • To serve, place rice and chicken in a large platter.
  • Arrange chicken pieces around platter and rice in the center.
  • Place cooked asparagus around the platter and then place pimentos in the center.
  • Enjoy!