Spices for the Arroz Rojo:
For Chicken Stock Recipe: (optional)
Sautée the butter, jalapeño, onions and garlic in a pot with a tight fitting lid. Set the heat on low. Cook until translucent (not brown).
Add 2 cups of uncooked rice in the oil mixture, put extra 1 tbsp butter (optional). Coating rice with oil/butter helps the rice to stay separated when it cooks.
Saute on low heat for about two minutes (set the timer).
Add the Spices:
After 2 minutes, you can add the spices: paprika, cumin, cayenne and salt. Stir and mix until well combined.
Add the Liquid:
Now, you can add the liquid - 2¼ cups of chicken stock and ½ cup tomato sauce. Stir well until the tomato sauce blend in.
Turn up the heat to medium and bring to a simmer. Then, turn the heat to medium low and cover with a tight fitting lid. Cook for 20 minutes (set the timer).
After 20 minutes, turn off the heat. (Do Not Peek)!!
Then, set the timer for another 9 minutes, remember, no peeking at this moment. After 9 minutes, you can open the lid and fluff the rice using a fork.
Garnish with chopped green onions or cilantro and serve warm.
Cook the Chicken Stock (Optional):
Put all the chicken and all the ingredients in a large stock pan with 3 quarts of cold water.
Bring to a boil, then turn to a simmer. Simmer for at least one hour uncovered while skimming all any scums off.
After one hour, turn off the heat and pass the chicken stock through a colander to remove the solids. You can save the chicken for other recipe later or it can be frozen.
Let the stock cool down to room temperature and place in a container and store in a fridge for future use.
Secret to this "Fool Proof" Arroz Rojo or Red Rice:
- Cooking in a stockpot with tight fitting lid. This ensures the rice ends up adequately cooked, and doesn’t stick to the bottom.
- Coating the rice in butter or oil
- Fluffing the rice with a fork after 9 minutes resting.
Calories: 457kcal | Carbohydrates: 83g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 706mg | Potassium: 408mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 711IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 2mg
Please note that all nutrition information are just estimates. Values will vary among brands, so we encourage you to calculate these on your own for most accurate results.
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