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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Works for Me Wednesday quick recipe

Shannon at Rocks in my Dryer has asked for quick and easy recipes using things you always have on hand. For me, that's a no-brainer. I always have the same basic foodstuffs on hand so I can make dinner quickly and easily when I'm feeling a bit punk. This recipe for Cuban Chicken with Black Beans and Rice is really fast, simple and uses very few ingredients.

Cuban Chicken with Black Beans and Rice

Trader Joe's Mojito Sauce
Chicken Thighs, breasts, or cut up boneless breasts. Whatever you have on hand.
2 sweet onions
red, yellow, or orange bell pepper
2 cans black beans
2 cups white rice
white vinegar

You'll need one saute pan with cover, one large sauce pan , one smaller sauce pan or rice cooker

Make a pot of rice. I use 2 cups of rice with 3.5 cups water. Cook until light and fluffy. If you're unsure how to cook rice, put water into a heavy sauce pan, add rice, and bring to boil. As soon as rice boils, turn stove down to low and let rice steam for 20 minutes or until water is completely absorbed.

While rice is steaming, make chicken.

Cut up chicken into bite sized pieces.

Brown one onion until translucent. Add chicken pieces and brown on both sides. After chicken is well browned, pour on 1 jar of Mojito sauce and 1/4 cup water and bring to low boil. Cover, turn down heat to medium low, and let cook for about 15 minutes. Then remove cover and let sauce thicken a bit.

While chicken is cooking, it's time to make the beans.

Cut up the pepper and onion into a small dice.

Dump cans of beans into a colander and rinse thoroughily. Add a small amount of EVOO to the bottom of a small sauce pan and add the cut up pepper and onion. Pour in the rinsed beans, a nice splash of the vinegar and cook over medium heat until the rice is done. The whole meal is timed on the rice, btw.

To serve, spoon up a nice dollop of rice and place on the plate. Then spoon the chicken and sauce over the rice, and add the beans to the side.

This meal is NOT spicy, the Mojito sauce is fairly sweet and tastes like cilantro and sour limes, so most kids who tolerate sauce (not MY daughter, the anti-sauce queen) will like it.

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Blogger Frazzmom said...

I love this sauce! TJ's marsala simmer sauce is great as well...

5/12/07 12:12 AM  
Blogger Seraphim said...

Hey Margalit,

I have read your blog almost every day for a very long time but I just don't comment much - this recipe sounds really tasty and I'd live to try it, but I can't get that sauce over here in the UK - don't suppose you know of any alternative, or can tell me whats in it?


5/12/07 6:04 AM  
Blogger Christine Smith said...

thank you! I plan to try this~

5/12/07 12:02 PM  
Blogger Melissa Markham said...

This looks so yummy!

5/12/07 12:12 PM  
Blogger margalit said...

We just got home from Trader Joes and I'm sitting her with a jar of the sauce.

It says, in order of the amount of the ingredients, onions, orange juice, water, evoo, cilantro, cider vinegar, lime juice, garlic, sea salt, cumin, arrowroot, black pepper, oregano, and xanthan gum.

The jar says: In Cuba, "Mojo" is a tangy blend of orange and lime juices, accented with garlic ands spices, and is used as a unique and flavorful marinade for meat or fish. This tasty mainads also doubles as a summer sauce.

It is REALLY good.

5/12/07 1:58 PM  

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