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Chicken and Rice, Puerto Rican Style


  • 3 1/2-4 lb whole chicken, cut up
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 teaspoons oregano
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar or fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed
  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 5 sprigs cilantro
  • chicken neck, back and wing tips
  • 1 onion
  • 1 green bell pepper, cored and seeded
  • 8 sprigs cilantro, or to taste
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup salt pork (optional), diced
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 cup beer (optional)
  • 2 cups rice
  • 18 pimento stuffed green olives, cut in half
  • 3 teaspoons capers
  • 6 ounces pimento, cut into strips
  • 1 cup frozen peas, defrosted


Mix ingredients for the Adobo and rub over chicken pieces. Cover and refrigerate overnight or let sit at room temperature for 1 hour. Make the stock. In a large soup pot put the neck, back and wing tips in 4 cups water with the garlic, onion, celery and cilantro. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 2 - 3 hours. Strain out solids and return stock to pot. Coarsely chop Recaito ingredients then place in a food processor and process until finely chopped but not watery. Heat the oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven. Add salt pork, if using, and cook 3 - 5 minutes. Add chicken thighs and drumsticks and cook 5 minutes. Add remaining chicken and cook 10 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Add tomato sauce then 3 cups stock (or 1 1/2 cups stock and 1 1/2 cups beer) and the rice. Bring to a boil. Add chicken, olives, capers, peas and salt, if necessary. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until all surface liquid has disappeared. With a wooden spoon stir rice up from the bottom of the pan. Reduce heat to very low, cover, and cook for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes to turn rice up from the bottom of the pan.

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For those of us not quite familiar with Caribbean cooking, could someone please point out which ingredients go into the adobo sauce and which are Recaito ingredients? Thank you!


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