Puerto Rican Style Chicken and Rice

"A quick, easy and delicious one-pot meal from Joel Rodriguez, executive chef at San Juan's Ajili Mojili."
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  • Place bell pepper, garlic, onion, tomato, 1/2 cup cilantro and cubanelle pepper in a blender or food processor; blend until mixed (you have now made sofrito).
  • Add salt and pepper to taste and set aside.
  • Heat oil in a large, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Brown chicken on all sides, about 5 minutes. Add the rice and saute 1 minute.
  • Add the beer, sofrito (vegetable mixture) and 1/2 cup water.
  • Bring to a simmer, lower the heat and cook 15 minutes. Do not let the liquid come to a boil.
  • Add the peas and pimentos and cook 5 more minutes.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Sprinkle with remaining cilantro and serve.

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  1. Incredibly tasty dish! The sofrito is the key. Wonderful!
  2. Tasty chicken dish. Will make again. Made for Newest Zarr.


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