Cuban arroz con pollo


1 small onion
½ red pepper
2 garlic cloves
2 chicken thigh fillets
Spray oil
150g easy cook long grain rice
125ml passata
¼ tsp turmeric
1 x 5ml spoon dried oregano
1 x 5ml spoon dried cumin
1 reduced salt chicken stock cube
300ml boiling water
1 bay leaf (optional)
Black pepper
75g frozen peas


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  1. Prepare the ingredients:
    - peel and chop the onion;
    - deseed and chop the pepper;
    - peel and finely chop the garlic
    - remove any fat from the chicken thighs, thoroughly washing and drying hands after touching the raw  meat.
  2. Spray the saucepan with oil and brown the chicken thighs on both sides. Remove the chicken and place on a plate.
  3. Spray the saucepan again with oil and add the onion, garlic and red pepper. Fry gently for 3-4 minutes until the onion is soft.
  4. Add the rice, passata, turmeric, oregano, cumin. Stir well.
  5. Crumble over the stock cube. Add 300ml boiling water and stir.
  6. Add the bay leaf, if using.
  7. Add the browned chicken thighs and season with black pepper.
  8. Reduce the heat, cover with a lid and simmer for 20 minutes until the rice is tender and the chicken cooked. Stir occasionally to prevent the rice from sticking to the bottom of the pan. Add more boiling water if need be.
  9. Five minutes before the end of the cooking time, add the frozen peas.

Top tips:

  • This recipe uses chicken thigh fillets for ease and to reduce the cooking time. However, traditionally bone-in thighs would be used for flavour and value.
  • A vegetarian alternative can be made by substituting the chicken with canned black beans added at step 4 and reducing the cooking time to 5 minutes to make Cuban rice and beans. A vegetable stock cube should also be used.


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