One Pot Cuban Style Rice (with Chicken and Sausage) - this delicious one-pot recipe with spicy seasonings, fresh vegetables and black beans is a perfect meal for any night of the week.
Living this side of the Atlantic in Ontario, Canada and close to the USA means I have access to all kind of amazing food, some items I had not even heard or tried before.
Cuban Style Rice (Arroz Congri or a few other different names) is definitely one of those things I hadn't tried until I moved here. It's a traditional Cuban dish of white rice and beans with some unique seasonings for flavour. My take on this dish and probably not very traditional really, add a few extras like chicken thighs and sausage to make it a complete one-pot meal.
While I use chicken and a low synned sausage in my recipe, it is so versatile that you really use any kind of meat of choice, like just chicken, ground meats (mince) or pork etc and if you are vegetarian then add some extra veggies instead or a meat replacement that you think will work well. Use a stock that compliments the protein you use, so for example if you use beef, swap the chicken stock for beef stock and so on.
I recommend cooking this in a deep frying pan with a lid, as there needs to be enough room for all the ingredients in the pan to cook and the lid is a vital part of the cooking steps, as we kind of steam the rice after all the stock is absorbed to create perfectly cooked rice.
This is a great dish for freezing up to, just make sure you follow health guidelines on how to store cooked rice safely. To heat up from frozen you can just add to a deep frying pan with a little stock and simmer until cooked through. Perfect!!
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- LEMON GARLIC CHICKEN RICE
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How can I add a ⅓ speed foods to this One Pot Cuban Style Rice?
Speed foods (healthy vegetables) are recommended (but not compulsory) as part of your meal, as they reduce the portions of your other free foods and so will boost your weight loss while keeping you well satiated. Check out my benefit of speed foods for more information on how they work.
With that in mind, you can totally enjoy this just as it is, but if you do want to add in some speed foods to make this more filling this would be great with some greens of choice, some suggestions are:
- Steamed Tenderstem Broccoli
- Sauteed or roasted Courgette (Zucchini)
- Sauteed Kale or Spinach
- Grilled or Roasted Asparagus
or even a mixed salad would pair well with this too. Choose from all kinds of yummy salad ingredients.
Kitchen Items used in this One Pot Cuban Style Rice:
- Measuring Scales
- Chopping Board
- Measuring spoons
- Santoku Knife
- Le Creuset Cast Iron Casserole or use a Deep Frying Pan with lid
- Measuring Cups or jug
- Wooden Spoon
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- 1 onion, finely diced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 200g (7oz) of boneless skinless chicken thigh
- 2 chicken sausages, sliced (or can double the chicken thigh amount above) - 4 syns
- 1 green pepper, sliced into small strips
- 1 red pepper, sliced into small strips
- 1 small carrot, diced
- 1 cup (180g) of long grain white rice
- ⅓ cup (80ml) of passata (or crushed tomatoes)
- 300g (10.5oz) of black beans (canned/drained)
- 180ml (¾ cup) of orange juice - 4 syns
- 1.5 cups (360ml) of chicken stock
- avocado cooking oil spray
- salt and black pepper
- chopped fresh coriander
- fresh lime wedges
for the spice mix:
- 1.5 tsp of cumin
- 1.5 tsp of paprika
- 1.5 teaspoons chilli powder
- ½ tsp of oregano
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper (can add more or less depending on your preferred spice level)
- Add all the ingredients for the spice mix to a bowl and mix to combine
- Spray a frying pan over a medium high heat with cooking oil spray.
- Add the onion and a pinch of salt
- Fry until golden and softened, add in a little water at a time to prevent onion from burning or sticking.
- Add in the garlic, chicken and sausage and continue to fry until browned.
- Add in the spice mix, and rice and stir to coat.
- Add in the peppers, carrot, black beans passata, orange juice and stock, bring to a boil, then simmer until stock is almost absorbed.
- Turn off heat, add lid and leave covered for 10-12 minutes (the steam trapped underneath will continue to cook the rice to perfection)
- Season as needed with salt and black pepper, sprinkle with fresh chopped coriandr and serve with fresh lime wedges, for squeeze a little lime juice over the top of your serving.
This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, Slimming World and Weight Watchers friendly
- Slimming World - 2 syns per sausage
- WW Flex/Freestyle Smart Points - 8 per serving
- Gluten Free - use a gluten free sausage (or double chicken thigh) and stock
*suitable for freezing
syn value in sausages can vary, so calculate correctly by whichever one you us, or if you prefer you can double up the chicken thigh or use another protein of choice.
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Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1 SERVING
Amount Per Serving Calories 432Total Fat 7.5gSaturated Fat 2.5gCholesterol 61mgSodium 763mgCarbohydrates 64.7gFiber 8.7gSugar 9.6gProtein 27.7g