Meaning “rice with chicken” in Spanish this dish is traditionally made with tomatoes, green peppers and saffron.
For less than five dollars a person, this twist on a Latin American classic contains all of the major food groups and will not only please your pocket book, but your family too. Season chicken with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; brown chicken on all sides, about 12 minutes. Using tongs, transfer chicken to a paper towel lined plate.
In same skillet, add onion, red pepper and ham; cook, stirring often, until softened, about 6 minutes. Add rice, garlic and paprika; cook one minute, stirring to coat grains with oil. Add chicken broth and bay leaf, scraping any brown bits from the bottom of the pan; bring to boil. Nestle chicken pieces into rice, cover, and reduce heat to maintain a simmer for 20 minutes.
Stir in peas and olives. Cover and cook until rice is tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed, about 10 minutes.
Sprinkle with parsley before serving.
8 pieces of chicken thighs and/or legs 1/2 tsp each, salt and pepper 2 tbsp olive oil 2 cups chopped onions 1 cup chopped red bell pepper 1/2 cupchopped smoked ham 2 cups U.S. long grain white rice 4 garlic cloves, minced 1 tbsp paprika 2 cups chicken broth or water 1 bay leaf 1 cup frozen peas (not thawed) 1/2 cuppimento-stuffed green olives, coarsely chopped 1/4 cupchopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
PER SERVING: about 490 cal, 26 g pro, 20 g total fat (5 g sat fat), 52 g carb, 4 g fibre, 85 mg chol, 750 mg sodium. %RDI: iron 20%, calcium 4%, vit A 60%, vit C 120%