When Sarah and I lived in Ridgewood, Queens, one of our favorite things to get at our local Puerto Rican or Dominican restaurants was the Chicken Soupy Rice. It was cheap and delicious, especially on winter nights. Sarah has come down with a cold, so I thought I would try my hand at a version off the cuff since we both have fond memories of curling up on the couch with soupy rice when we were sick in NYC.
The ingredients that I used:
4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
Fresh ginger, finely chopped (about 2 tablespoons)
2 shallots, chopped
2 sweet potatoes, diced
1/2 cup of snow peas, sliced
2 1/2 cups of chicken stock
1/4 cup of crushed tomatoes
2 chicken breasts, diced
1 cup arborio rice
Salt and pepper to taste
Toss chicken with adobo seasoning and cinnamon. (Marinate for an hour if you have the time.) Saute chicken in a pan and set aside. In a pot, heat a few tablespoons of oil and add the garlic and ginger. After a couple of minutes add the shallot and saute for a few more minutes. Add the sweet potatoes and saute for about 5 minutes, stirring regularly. Add the arborio rice and the snow peas. Saute for a minute or two. Pour in the chicken stock. Bring to a boil. Lower the heat to medium low, add the crushed tomatoes, stir and cover. Simmer for about twenty minutes, stirring every few minutes to ensure that the rice does not stick. When the rice is done, add the chicken. At this point check the consistency. You want it to be thick but still soupy, somewhere between a stew and a soup. If it is too thick (as mine was), add some more stock and water to get it to the thickness that you desire. Simmer another minute or two and serve. I topped ours with some chopped green onion.
A very comforting meal to share with your loved one while geeking out in front of Star Trek:TNG DVDs.
This is gluten and dairy free. Just be sure to check the chicken stock that you buy. Some of it does contain gluten.