How to make it

  • In a large caldero brown the chicken parts in the oil, 5 minutes each side.
  • Remove chicken from the pot and set aside. Don't put them on paper towels - we want any grease back in the pot.
  • Leave the chicken drippings inside the pot and add all the other ingredients except for the rice, water and chicken.
  • Mix well and cook sofrito for 5 minutes over medium heat.
  • Add the chicken and rice to the pot and stir.
  • Add the boiling water until the water is about 1 inch above the rice, stir once only.
  • Boil uncovered, over high heat, until water is absorbed.
  • Once the water is absorbed gently stir from bottom to top. Just a couple of turns only.
  • Cover and continue to cook over LOW heat for another 30 minutes or until the rice is tender.
  • Hints . . .
  • Don't concern yourself with weighing the meat too much. If you are serving 5 people just use 5 - 8 pieces of meat.
  • Resist the temptation to stir. Too much stirring causes the rice to become "amogollao" or sticky.
  • It is traditional to cook the chicken with bones and all. People will just pull the meat off the bones with their fork.
  • If you have cilantro add some to the top of the pot once it is done, for decoration.
  • Don't let your rice get "ahumado" or smoked from cooking at too high temperature.
  • For great pegao just cook a bit longer keeping an eye on it.
  • For a lot of peagao use a larger caldero (it will just be half empty).
  • Some people prefer to use deboned chicken. Cook the chicken in a crockpot all day with seasonings and when you get home from work debone and use the broth to make the rice.

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  • MonicaNY30 6 years ago
    I love this dish @ smahoney1 alcaparras is olives and red bell peppers and with the capers.
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    " It was excellent "
    evelynb ate it and said...
    MmmmmHmmmm!!!Man this just makes me hungry... I need to go visit my abuelo because he definelty throws down with this dish!!!DEFINETLY an awesome recipe!!!
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  • smahoney1 10 years ago
    This looks awesome. I have been looking for a simple arroz con pollo recipe. But I have to ask, what is alcaparras?
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