Chicken with Rice and Chickpeas is a one-pot-meal that incorporates all the major nutrients necessary for a proper diet. It is not a life-changing experience but many bellies will be filled very quickly. This recipe is not only delicious, but it is also made with love. What do I mean by cooking with love?
My definition of cooking with love is cooking with the right ingredients, being aware of the nutrients and their types, and lastly, taking the time to prepare a meal or a dish. Two people can make the same recipe, but one dish will taste better than the other. Why? Because of love.
Cooking is an art as it has been said many times. The art part for me is to know the right time to add the ingredients. Chicken with Rice and Chickpeas is easy to make like many other dishes. Making it right takes time, patience and love.
About the recipe
Starting a dish such as Chicken with Rice and Chickpeas requires long preparation. The chicken pieces must be cleaned and brined with a lemon salted liquid mixture for at least 2 hours. All the ingredients must be at hand reach because when it is time, it is time to add the ingredients.
Making this excellent dish also requires the right pan. A pan made for paella is the best, but if you don’t have one, a heavy bottom pan or a cast iron pan will suffice. The chicken is browned in unsalted butter and sizzled with onions and peppers then removed. The rice, which is the showstopper, is next to be made with plenty of flavors. To cook the rice this unique Caribbean way as I call it requires patience.
The rice is fried with veggies and is slowly cooked by gradually adding spiced water or chicken stock. This is where the love comes from. When slowly adding water to rice, the consistency of the grains is disturbed as well as taste. The solution is to add hot spiced water.
To make a spiced water mixture for this rice is to add a low sodium chicken bouillon powder seasoning. That is the secret! One teaspoon for every half to a three-quarter cup of water should suffice. Other spices such as turmeric, parsley, thyme, and garlic are what make this dish well seasoned.
Now, remember, preparing a meal does not have to be done half fast. As long as you take your time, you will have a meal that is finger licking good.
Now let me share my Chicken with Rice and Chickpeas so you can impress your family.
Originally published: Mar 20, 2015
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