Costa Rica Rice / Arroz a Costa Rica con Pollo
1 whole chicken
1 chopped onion.
1 chopped red sweet pepper.
2 big carrots or the equivalent, chopped very tiny.
1 chopped cilantro roll divide in 2 portions.
4 big chicken bullion "Maggi. (It has to be Maggi one time I tried with Knor a Mexican brand and was disgusting.
2 teaspoons of anato (Mexico) or achiote (Costa Rica), is the same, different name.
2 cups of rice, (I only used Jazmin rice). The other ones are mushy like chinese sticky rice and I just don't like it.
Cut the chicken in big pieces ( if you don't know how, buy it from the store already in pieces, Is not a big deal!), Place the chicken in a big pot and cover with water, add about 3/4 of the chopped onions, the 4 chicken bouillons 1/2 chopped cilantro, 1 teaspoon of anato, 1 chopped sweet pepper, cook this for about 1 hour or until chicken is completely cook. Taste the broth to see if need a little bit of salt, or maybe half more chicken bouillons When you are happy with the flavor set aside.
Take another pot, and add the rice, the carrots, 1/4 of the onions, and using a strainer add the broth from the chicken that you just cooked, (about 2 cups and a half). Put the stove in high heat, (stir a couple times) don't cover the pot, once the broth is simmered cover with a lid, lower the heat, (very low heat). For about 10 minutes more. Taste it to see if the rice is soft.
Take the chicken in a bowl or in a cutting board ( you may have to wait until the chicken is cold enough to work with it), make it in a little pieces with 2 forks or just wash your hands, set aside.
In a another pot, add olive oil ( about 2 tablespoons) in medium heat, add 1/4 teaspoon of anato, add the chicken in tiny pieces, add the rice, and start to mixed everything together with a spoon, then add the other 1/2 of chopped cilantro.
I added a frozen selection of squid to this rice and took out the chicken. I was happily surprised to discover that this dish is amazing and completely delicious. My entire family loved the different taste and asked for it again sometime in the future. I say that is a great review!