Spanish Chicken & Rice

Spanish Chicken & Rice

Since COVID-19 has put a temporary halt to this year’s travel plans I’ve been bringing our favorite travel destinations to our home by making the foods we’ve always enjoyed during our travels.

I know that travel restrictions have been eased and many countries are avidly awaiting the return of tourists.  But right now our family isn’t quite yet ready to resume our regular travel routines which in the summer usually includes several weeks visiting our daughter in Italy and a cruise around the Med.  So until we are ready to resume our normal traveling lifestyle we’ll just have to make do with enjoying homemade dishes from the countries we love to visit.

Recently I’ve had a hankering for Spanish cuisine, it reminds me of fun filled days spent wandering Barcelona or exploring sunny Ibiza and the Canary Islands.  So I’ve been putting together some of my favorite Tapas and other Spanish dishes to enjoy with my pitcher of Cava Sangria.

One of our favorites is Spanish Chicken and Rice.  It’s pretty easy to make, you  use just 1 skillet!  I love the taste and smell of the spices used to create this simple dish.  I make a seasoning mix to use in this dish, I usually make a jar and keep it on hand to use on other dishes we love.   I hope you’ll love it too!

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Spanish Chicken & Rice

Ingredients:

6 Chicken thighs – remove the skin

3 Tbs. Olive OIl

1 Cup long grain white rice

2 1/4 cup chicken broth

1 Lemon

Spanish Seasoning Mix (recipe below)

Directions:

Make 1 recipe of Spanish Seasoning Mix

Mix together:

2 Tsp. Smoked Paprika

2 Tsp. Garlic Powder

1 Tbs. Salt

1 Tsp. Ground Cumin

1 Tsp. Chili Powder

1 Tsp. Ground Coriander

1/2 Tsp. Italian Seasoning

Place chicken thighs in a bowl and toss in 2 Tbs. Olive Oil until well coated.

Rub 1/2 of the Spanish Seasoning Mix on the chicken.  Be sure you rub it on all sides of the chicken thighs.

Heat remaining Olive Oil in a skillet.  Cook chicken about 3 minutes on each side until browned.  Remove from heat and set aside.  Chicken will not be cooked at this point.

Add rice, chicken broth, and other half of seasoning mix to the skillet.  Squeeze 1/2 of the lemon over all and combine well.  Place chicken thighs on top of the rice and cover.

Cook for 25 minutes or until all the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender and chicken is fully cooked.

Garnish with slices of the remaining lemon half and chopped cilantro.  Serve hot.

  • Instead of long grain rice I sometimes use frozen cauliflower rice.  When I do this I reduce the chicken broth to 1 1/4 cups and cook until the chicken is fully done.  If it is too watery I remove the lid and cook until the liquid has evaporated.


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Chicken Long Rice – Hawaiian Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Long Rice – Hawaiian Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Long Rice is one of my favorite comfort foods.  It’s one of the simple dishes my Filipino grandmothers made when I was growing up, but Filipinos call it Sotanghon.

Living in Hawaii it’s a dish one can easily find on the menu of local restaurants and is a staple at Hawaiian Luaus.  That’s probably why it never occurred to me to make it at home.  So much easier to order it at Zippy’s or some other local eatery.  Besides I didn’t have a recipe for Chicken Long Rice and never actually thought to go look for one.

Well that recently changed after I attended an Alumni Luau at my Alma Mater.  Of course Chicken Long Rice was served, and like my classmates I wasn’t too impressed with it. The version served was pretty bland and tasteless.  That’s when I mentioned that it was one of my favorite dishes but alas didn’t know how to make it.

So the discussions began and for the next couple of days during our class reunion a couple of classmates shared their recipes and tips.  A week or so later I finally made some, tweaked the way I like it of course!

Now before I share my version I should explain what it is. In a nutshell Chicken Long Rice is Hawaii’s version of chicken noodle soup.  But I suspect it’s a dish adapted from the Asian immigrants who came to the islands to work in plantations in the 1800’s.

I’m pretty sure just about every culture on earth has its own version of chicken noodle soup and Asia is no different.  In fact I think every Asian country has a chicken noodle soup version; Udon or Ramen in Japan; Phð Gà in Vietnam; and Sotanghon in the Philippines just to name a few.

Where ever it originated Chicken Long Rice is simple chicken stock with clear bean thread noodles aka glass or cellophane noodles, seasoned with fresh ginger and topped with chopped green onions. I like it soupy and eat it with steamed white rice mixed in.  So here’s my version of Chicken Long Rice, it tastes almost the same as the Sontaghon my grandmas used to make!

*Bean Thread noodles can be found at any Asian Market and sometimes in the Ethnic Food section of your local grocery store.  Or you can order it from Amazon.

*I prefer to use Aloha Brand Soy Sauce as it’s milder than most brands available on the US Market (like Kikkoman and La Choy), but it’s not easily found unless you are in Hawaii or order it from Amazon.  If you can’t find Aloha Brand Soy Sauce an alternative brand is Silver Swan Soy Sauce.  It  too has a milder taste and it can be found in most Asian Markets anywhere.  But you can use any brand or your favorite brand of soy sauce.

*Use fresh ginger.  Fresh ginger root can be found at most Asian Markets.  Ginger can be frozen in a sealed ziplock bag for a long time.  Just break of pieces as you need them. You can adjust the amount of ginger root in this recipe to suit your taste.  I love the strong ginger taste and usually add a bit more to my broth.

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Chicken Long Rice

Ingredients:

4 Bone in chicken thighs. Be sure the skin is on too!

Water

1 Tbs. fresh ginger, sliced into small slivers

4 cups chicken broth

2 packages clear bean thread noodles

Salt to taste

Soy Sauce to taste

1-2 stalks green onions, chopped

Directions:

Place thighs in large pot and add enough water to almost cover chicken.

Add chicken broth and ginger.  Make sure liquids fully cover the chicken.

Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer.

Cook for about 45-60 minutes or until chicken starts to fall off the bone.

Debone Chicken, remove skin,  and return to pot.

Stir in salt and soy sauce to taste.

Add noodles and cook until noodles are soft.

Garnish with green onions and serve with or without steamed rice.


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Chicken Long Rice - Hawaiian Chicken Noodle Soup
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  1. Place thighs in large pot and add enough water to almost cover chicken.
  2. Add chicken broth and ginger.  Make sure liquids fully cover the chicken.
  3. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer.
  4. Cook for about 45-60 minutes or until chicken starts to fall off the bone.
  5. Debone Chicken, remove skin,  and return to pot.
  6. Stir in salt and soy sauce to taste.
  7. Add noodles and cook until noodles are soft.
  8. Top with chopped green onions.
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Chicken Chimichanga

Chicken Chimichanga

Last week I used my big bottle of Lawry’s Carne Asada Seasoning to make a delicious chicken casserole that my family loved.  Well I need more than casseroles to use up all that chicken chimichangaseasoning I picked up at Costco so this week I’m sharing my Chicken Chimichanga.

 

Chimichangas are my all time favorite Mexican dishes.  I love the crunchy fried burrito filled with tasty meat then topped with cheese, salsa, and sour cream.  I mean seriously what’s not to love?  I usually make it with shredded beef, but I still had a big bag of chicken thighs so I figured why not make chicken chimichangas.  I’m so glad I did!  Everyone loved them, including my 4 year old grandson who’s always a very picky eater!

These chicken chimichangas were a delicious way to use up more of that bottle of Carne Asada Seasoning!

I serve this with refried beans and Mexican rice for a filling meal.  I try to make enough for leftovers because everyone loves them, but that’s not always easy.  They’re eaten up in one meal!  My son even comes over to take a bunch of chicken chimichangas home for his family’s dinner!

You can top or garnish it with anything you want like shredded cheese, sour cream, guacamole, and salsa, hot or mild.  We love the hot!

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  1. Mix seasoning, vinegar, garlic powder, and olive oil together and place in a ziplock bag.
  2. Add chicken thighs to marinade and refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours.
  3. Add about 2 tbs. oil into a frying pan and fry chicken until cooked or grill chicken until cooked.
  4. Shred cooked chicken.
  5. Divide shredded chicken into 10 equal parts, do the same with the cilantro
  6. Place 1 portion of chicken and cilantro into the middle of a tortilla, sprinkle with about a tbs of shredded cheese.
  7. Roll into a burrito.
  8. Heat 1 - 1 1/2" of oil in frying pan.
  9. Fry each burrito until all sides are golden brown.
  10. Drain on paper towels.
  11. Serve and garnish which your choice of toppings.
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