Sunday, May 6, 2012

Arroz Con Pollo Pink Style

It was Cinco de Mayo yesterday which meant we had to have some form of Mexican food for dinner. One of my favorite Mexican foods is arroz con pollo. Prior to following PINK method, it is what I would order when we would go out to a Mexican restaurant. One day when eating some cauliflower fried rice, it hit me...I should try to make arroz con pollo using cauliflower rice, this is what I came up with. Not to toot my own horn but it was really good.

"Arroz" Con Pollo (serves 4)
1 head of cauliflower
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast
1/2 onion
1 red pepper
1 tomato chopped
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/4 tsp tumeric
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp cumin
3 cloves of garlic minced
1/4 cup water
salt and pepper
olive oil

Start by cutting up your chicken into bite size pieces and sprinkle with the tumeric, paprika, cumin and salt and pepper
Cook the chicken on medium heat with a mist of olive oil
While the chicken is cooking chop your onion and peppers either by hand or if you are lazy like me in the blender or food processor. Also mince your cloves of garlic.

Next create your cauliflower rice by adding your cauliflower florets to the food processor/blender and pulsing until the cauliflower resembles rice.
When the chicken is cooked through, add in the chopped onion, peppers and minced garlic and cook until it softens.
Add in the cauliflower rice and stir to combine the chicken and rice. Pour in the 1/4 cup of water and cover pan with a lid so that the "rice" can steam.

While the rice is cooking, chop your tomato and cilantro.
Add the chopped tomato to the pan and stir to combine.

Let cook a few more minutes and just before serving stir in the chopped cilantro.

A great side would be some lightened up guacamole served with some chopped vegetables.

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