Mexican Chicken and Rice

Chicken With Rice
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  • 65 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yield: 4 to 6 Servings

This Mexican chicken is cooked in the skillet with chicken, garlic, tomato sauce, chili powder, green pepper, and hot cooked rice. Use whole chicken legs or bone-in thighs in the dish. Or use a cut-up chicken.

Raisins and other dried fruits have long been used in Mexican dishes. The golden raisins add ​some interesting flavor to this dish ​but they may be omitted.

What You'll Need

  • 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 pounds whole chicken legs or thighs (on the bone)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 medium clove garlic
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • dash salt
  • 1/2 cup sliced stuffed green olives
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins, optional
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into strips
  • hot cooked rice for 4 to 6 people

How to Make It

Heat butter and oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat.

Arrange the chicken in the skillet; cook, turning frequently until the chicken is browned on all sides.

Remove chicken from skillet and add the chopped onion. Cook, stirring frequently, until lightly browned. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute longer.

Add the tomato sauce to the skillet along with the chicken broth, vinegar, chili powder, salt, olives, and raisins, if using.

 Return chicken to the skillet. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. 

Add the sliced green pepper; cover and cook for 8 to 10 minutes longer.

Serve this tasty Mexican chicken dish with hot cooked rice.

Serves 4 to 6.

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