Caramelized Chicken with Brown Rice Recipe

I’m proud to introduce a delicious cooking of a simple, yet mouth watering, Latin-American cuisine that has been passed on for generations. The Dominican-style consisting of caramelized chicken with brown rice, or the Dominican term, ‘locrio de pollo’, is one of many flavorful courses filled with traditional spices and herbs.

Ingredients:

  • 4 lbs. of chicken
  • 2lbs. of rice (depending on your serving)
  • 1 lime/lemon
  • 2-3 pinches of Oregano
  • Garlic Cloves
  • 2 Tablespoons of Salt depending on the serving size
  • 2 Tablespoons of Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon of sugar
  • 5 Tablespoons of oil
  • 2 Tablespoons of Tomato Paste
  • 1 cube of chicken bullion
  • 1/4 of an onion (chopped)
  •  fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 stick of chopped celery
  • 6 cups of water for 2 lbs of rice
  • Vegetables(optional)
  • Olives

Prep Time: 50 min.

Cook Time: 45min.

Serves: 4-6 people

Instructions:

  1. Clean the chicken with 1/2 lemon or lime, 1/2 of vinegar and water. Let the chicken soak for 20 minutes.
  2. Drain the water and vinegar out, then squeeze the other 1/2 lemon.
  3. Add 3 pinches of oregano to the chicken.
  4. Add 2-3 pinches of salt, and 1 tablespoon of vinegar to the chicken. Let the homemade seasoned chicken marinate for 30 minutes in the fridge. (NOTE: The first four steps are not shown in the video clip. This will thoroughly clean the chicken, and will allow the chicken to absorb the seasoning).
  5. Heat the iron pot with oil (approximately 3 tablespoons).
  6. Once the oil is hot, add 1 tablespoon of sugar for caramelization (dark brown) This will happen fast!
  7. Once the sugar is caramelized/dark brown, add the chicken.
  8. Allow the chicken to absorb the caramelization before flipping the other side.
  9. Once the chicken has evenly browned, sparingly add small amounts of water to prevent the chicken from drying completely.
  10. Mash up 2 garlic cloves with 2 tablespoons of salt into the pilon masher.
  11. Add 1/4 of chopped onions and 2 spoons of tomato paste along with the mashed garlic w/ salt.
  12. Add the appropriate amount of water for the serving of rice to the same pot. In this instance, 6 cups of water for 2 lbs. of rice.
  13. Sprinkle black pepper & Adobo , 1 stick of chopped celery, olives,  fresh cilantro, 1 tablespoon of vinegar, 1 chicken bullion, and a tablespoon of soy sauce (optional).
  14. Stir and let the broth boil.
  15. Clean, wash, drain, and add the rice (some packs of rice are already clean).
  16. Once you have added and evened out the rice,  let the rice simmer for 15 minutes BEFORE stirring.
  17. After 15 minutes, stir the rice in a clockwise motion.
  18. Cover the locrio (caramelized chicken w/brown rice), and let simmer for 20 minutes.
  19. Then, stir the rice in a clockwise motion allowing the rice to cook evenly.
  20. Cover the pot for another 10-15 minutes.
  21. Serve with ‘platano maduros’ or sweet plantains and a garden salad. ‘Buen Provecho’ Enjoy!

Tutorials for fried sweet plantains coming soon!

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