Before retiring, my Father In-Law used to frequently travel to Mexico for work. He loves the food – I try to make him something with Mexican flavors when he comes to visit. I made this dish before Thanksgiving; my husband and I absolutely love it.
In the past, I made this dish with brown rice, but the cooking time increased exponentially. For practical purposes, I made it with white rice this time, and the cooking time was more accurate. This recipe is from Everyday Food. I served it with sautéed greens which balanced nicely with the spiciness in the dish.
Yield: Makes 6 servings
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 8 to 10 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 2 pounds total)
- coarse salt and ground pepper
- 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced lengthwise
- 3 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 2 canned chipotle chiles in adobo, minced (I used a mini food processor.)
- 2 large or 3 medium tomatoes, diced large
- 1 cup long-grain white rice
- lime wedges, for serving, optional
- chopped cilantro leaves, for serving, optional
- In a large Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat oil over medium-high. Season chicken on both sides with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Working in batches, brown chicken on both sides, about 6 minutes total; transfer to a plate.
- Reduce heat to medium. Add onion and saute until soft, about 5 minutes, scraping up any browned bits from bottom of pot. If necessary, add a bit of water to release browned bits.
- Add garlic, cumin, and chiles; cook until garlic is soft and fragrant, 2 minutes.
- Add tomatoes and 1 teaspoon salt and cook until tomatoes begin to break down and release their juices, 3 minutes.
- Stir in 1 cup water and return chicken and any accumulated juices to pot. Cover, reduce to a simmer, and cook 25 minutes.
- Remove several pieces of chicken and stir in rice, making sure it is completely submerged in liquid.
- Replace chicken, cover, and cook until rice is tender and liquid has been absorbed, 25 to 30 minutes more.
- Serve with lime wedges and cilantro, as desired.