Monday, October 20, 2008

Latin Cravings

I've had a craving for Latin food lately. It set in when I began reading the blog Bren's FlaNboyant Eats after Brenda so kindly visited my own blog and left a few kind words.

So the other night, I decided chicken was on the menu and what better way to make it than with some Latin flair. I browsed through Bren's blog and came across her post on Pollo Asado and decided that was the recipe. It was a last minute decision so I was missing the mojo criollo and the packet of Sazon Bren's recipe called for but managed to improvise making a mixture of lemon, lime, cumin, oregano, basil, salt and pepper to compensate for the mojo criollo and a combination of turmeric, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper to fill in for the Sazon. Oh, and as the kids had already eaten peas and carrots with their lunch I just added some black beans to the rice as opposed to the vegetables Bren had included.

The dish turned out really great but I made sure to stock the pantry with those missing ingredients so I can easily bring some Latin flavors to our meals any time. If you haven't already been following this fiery foodie's tales from her vibrant kitchen, I strongly suggest you visit with Bren soon.

Pollo Asado
Serves 4

4 split chicken breasts, skin on
1 large red onion, sliced
4 garlic cloves, minced
Juice of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 lime
1 1/2 tablespoons oregano
3 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons salt
Pepper to taste
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup dry white wine

Combine the lemon juice, lime juice, oregano, cumin, salt and pepper. Toss chicken with sliced onion, minced garlic and 1/2 of the lemon/lime mixture and let marinate for at least 1 hour.

Remove chicken from marinade, reserving the liquid and onions. Heat oil in a large skillet and brown chicken. Once browned on all sides, add wine and de-glaze the skillet. Add remainder of lemon/lime mixture, the reserved onions and any liquid from the marinade. Cover and simmer for 40 to 45 minutes, spooning sauce over chicken every so often during cooking.

Yellow Rice

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tomato, diced
1 small onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon paprika
Salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 cups white rice
3 cups water
Black Beans

In a large saucepan heat olive oil and saute onion and garlic until onion is softened. Add the tomato and seasonings and cook for 5 minutes on medium high heat. Add rice and saute for another minute, then add water, stir until well combined and bring to a boil. Lower heat to low, cover and simmer rice for about 20 to 25 minutes until the liquid is absorbed. Once cooked, let sit for five minutes then fluff with fork and stir in black beans (I used canned black beans which I rinsed under cold water and drained).


FOODalogue: Meandering Meals and Travels said... I'm craving Latin!

Peter G said...

Wonderful use of flavours here Maria. Love the rice and beans too.

Núria said...

Mmmm Maria... que pollo tan rico!!! This must have been a feast :D

I know Bren's blog and I love her passion in life and cooking ;D

Ivy said...

Chicken is my favourite meat so now I'm craving Latin as well. Shall make sure to visit Bren's blog as well.

Bren Herrera said...

hola Maria! me alegro que hicestes el pollo asado! Okay that was your Spanish lesson for the day: "I'm glad you made the pollo asado"... :)I can totally appreciate your ability to substitute the goya seasonings and mojo. after all, home prepared ingredients are sometimes just so much better. I actually have a recipe for mojo, which I'll share with you.

thanks for spending time on my blog. and I'll def. be back! oh adding u to my blog roll.


Bellini Valli said...

I need to stock my pantry too Maria:D

Maria said...

Joan, thanks so much for coming by ... hope to see you again soon!
Peter, these are definitely among my favorite seasonings to use.
Gracias Nuria--everyone from my children to my husband asked for seconds.
Ivy, I love chicken too ... I can make it every day.
Bren, so glad you came by. I will definitely look for your mojo recipe.
Val, I usually neglect my pantry in the summer as the heat always warrants easy, quick to no cooking dishes. Now I need to "winterize" not only my clothes closets but my kitchen cabinets too!

Elly said...

The chicken & rice both look so great. I love pollo asado but I have never made it myself. I actually recently bookmarked a recipe for it, too, so hopefully it's as good as this one :)