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Josephine's Puerto Rican Chicken and Rice

Rated as 3.75 out of 5 Stars

"Savory chicken and rice side dish that will complement any table, and will be loved by your family."
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1 h servings 453
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. In a large saucepan saute chicken, onions, olives and capers over medium heat. Pour in a little juice from the olives to add more olive flavor. As the onion begins to turn clear and the chicken begins to brown, add tomato sauce. Saute mixture until everything is lightly cooked. Reduce heat to low.
  2. In a small saucepan melt shortening over medium heat; add achiote seeds. When the shortening turns red, remove it from the heat and strain out the seeds. Mix oil into chicken/tomato mixture. Add the boiling water to the mixture; increase the heat to medium high and bring to a boil, stirring well.
  3. Add the rice to the boiling mixture and continue to boil for about 3 minutes. Reduce heat to low and continue cooking for about 30 minutes, or until rice is tender and has absorbed the liquid, stirring occasionally. Add more water if necessary (see Cook's Note). Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 10 minutes.
  4. Transfer mixture to a large bowl and serve immediately.


  • Cook's Note:
  • There is no hard and fast rule to determining the amount of rice and water. Depending on how much moisture is generated from your other ingredients, it may not be necessary to add as much water. If you need to add more water because the rice looks dry, add a tablespoon at a time and dribble over the rice mixture.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 453 calories; 15.4 56.5 20.6 52 622 Full nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Fabulous. I made it with chicken breasts and substituted Sazon con culantro y achiote for the achiote seeds. Excellent, excellent, excellent.

Most helpful critical review

Great flavor but my rice wasn't done.

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Fabulous. I made it with chicken breasts and substituted Sazon con culantro y achiote for the achiote seeds. Excellent, excellent, excellent.

My family is Puerto Rican and we eat this all the time. It is so yummy. I will be making this today.

soooo good!!!

My family loved it!!

Great chicken recipe! I make this with a whole chicken, cut up. Everyone in my family gets his/her favorite piece.

This is the best chicken and rice dish I've ever had!!!! Awsome!!!

Great flavor but my rice wasn't done.

This was excellente recipe, love it definetelly will continue making it.

Great Recipe! I found that this one is great when I need a quick heathly meal that is light on the stomache & budget. I also tried this one with pork boneless ribs, turned out good, but not as l...