Arroz con Pollo

Arroz con Pollo 

(Rice with Chicken - obvs). 

This is a hearty, traditional Costa Rican meal that I learnt to make from a friend when we were living on the Nicoya Peninsula. The little town we lived in was called Nosara. We rented a house, bought a motor bike and went surfing before and after work. 

One of my favourite things to order in the local restaurants was Arroz Con Pollo. 

 Salsa Lizano is the Costa Rican equivalent to Ketchup in the UK. It's an emalgamation of spicy flavors and i t goes with pretty much everything. It's like a spicy brown ketchup. 

Salsa Lizano is the Costa Rican equivalent to Ketchup in the UK. It's an emalgamation of spicy flavors and it goes with pretty much everything. It's like a spicy brown ketchup. 

What you'll need:

  • a few chicken breasts/thighs/drumsticks or whatever chicken you can get your hands on
  • bell peppers x 2 
  • carrots x 2 ish
  • a big bunch of cilantro/coriander
  • peas x 2 cups
  • Salsa Lizano 1/3 bottle probably
  • rice - enough for 2-4 people
  • garlic - a whole bulb is good
  • salt, pepper
  • Hachiote to add colour

Seven Steps to Heaven: 

  1. Boil the chicken in a pot of salted garlic water 'til it's 3/4 cooked. 
  2. Pull the chicken out of the pot and leave to cool slightly. Save the water, you'll need it later.
  3. Fry the veggies in a frying pan
  4. Use the chicken-y water to boil your rice 
  5. Shred the chicken into thin strips 
  6. Once veg is cooked, rice is cooked and chicken is in a shredded heap mix it all together. Add your seasonings and Salsa Lizano. 
  7. Sprinkle with some fresh cilantro and enjoy with an ice-cold beer.