ARROZ CON POLLO (CHICKEN WITH RICE)

Preparation

Step 1

In a large pot heat achiote seeds in the canola oil until the oil is orange, 1-2 minutes. Strain through a sieve set over a large bowl and discard seeds. Pour half the oil back into the pot. If you cannot find achiote seeds, substitute 1 t each paprika and turmeric.

Step 2

To the oil remaining in the bowl, whisk in Chobani, salt and pepper. Add chicken, turn to coat and set aside.

Step 3

Place the pot of oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, celery, bell pepper and garlic and cook until soft, 8 minutes. Stir in spices and tomato paste and cook 1 minute. Add tomato and cook until juicy, 3-5 minutes, then stir in rice. Add 2¾ c water and the Chobani-chicken mixture. Cook covered over low heat until the rice absorbs all the liquid, 25-30 minutes.

Step 4

Turn off heat and set aside 15 minutes. Remove chicken and shred, stir back into rice using a fork and serve with cilantro.