Published on Friday, June 9, 2023
Our new friend Alicia Brown from Limón City, shares this delicious Caribbean-style chicken rice recipe with all of us.
Alicia tells us that the cuisine of the Limonenses (the demonym used for the people who live in that province) is influenced by their various ethnic groups, including Afro-Caribbean, Indigenous and European settlers.
The Afro-Caribbean population has played a significant role in shaping the culture of the province. Many Afro-Caribbean people are descendants of Jamaican immigrants who came to Costa Rica in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to work on the construction of the railroad and in the banana plantations.
Limón is also home to Indigenous groups such as the Bribri and Cabécar.
"The food in Limón is known for its Caribbean flavors, with dishes such as rice and beans, jerk chicken, and coconut-based desserts being commonly enjoyed," Alicia said
This traditional rice dish is cooked on every occasion. It is a mix of Costa Rican popular dishes with Filipino and Haitian cuisine. Aside from the Spanish ingredients, it has rice and coconut milk.
This popular meal is usually served for family parties, weddings or any other special occasions.
So, let's go to the kitchen!
The ingredients for five to eight people are:
First, heat up a sauté pan and add the oil. Sauté the garlic until light brown, then add the onions. Cook until translucent but not soft.
Add the chicken pieces and the sliced chorizo. Stir.
When the chicken meat has changed color, add the tomato paste and the fish sauce.
the tomato puree fully coats the
chicken. Cook for 2 minutes.
Add the rice, sausages and potatoes. Then, add chicken stock and coconut milk and bring to a boil.
When it is ready, turn the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes and add the raisins, peppers and green peas. Stir.
Now, preheat the oven to 300° F/ 150° C.
Transfer the chicken rice to an oven-proof dish.
Set this dish inside a bigger pan and add water to reach halfway up its sides.
Cover both pans tightly with foil.
Bake for an hour, stirring at half-time.
Serve hot, grab a cold beer and enjoy!
This Caribbean chicken rice recipe is very delicious and healthy. It is an all-in-one meal because everything is there, meat and rice in one.
Have a Pura Vida weekend!
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