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Cooking with kids: Cuban Chicken with Yellow Rice

April 21, 2011

Morgan and I love our time in the kitchen.

Here we are doing some prep work for my “famous”  Cuban Chicken with Yellow Rice. Not sure why Leighton’t Crocs are traveling around in these photos–but I promise they are clean 🙂

I lived in Guantanamo Bay during my early 20’s and was inspired by an addictive dish that we used to enjoy at “The Cuban Club”. I remember it being loaded with green olives, chunks of carrots, and delicious chicken. I did my best to recreate the flavor without the crazy amounts of olive oil/butter used in the sauce.

Recipe: Cuban Chicken with Yellow Rice (serves 4-6)

2 tbs olive oil (divided)

1lb chicken breast cut into chunks

2-4 cloves garlic (use 4 if you love garlic like I do)

1 sweet onion, diced

2 large carrots or four small carrots, peeled and sliced into coins

1 family size package yellow rice mix (I use Vigo)

2-3 bay leaves

1/2 cup dry white wine

1/2 cup sliced green olives + 2 tbs olive juice

1 pkg frozen peas (cooked and drained)

1/2 cup chopped cilantro


  1. Add 1 tbs olive oil to large stock pot heated to medium. Saute chicken until cooked through. Remove chicken and set aside.
  2. Add remaining tbs olive oil to pan and saute garlic, onion, carrots until onion is translucent and carrots are tender.
  3. Following directions on rice package–add water (2.5 cups for my package) and bay leaves and bring to a boil.
  4. Add rice, chicken, and stir.
  5. Add green olives, olive juice, and white wine. Bring to a second boil.
  6. Cover and cook according to rice package directions–stirring occasionally until rice is cooked and liquid is absorbed.
  7. remove bay leaves
  8. stir in cooked peas
  9. garnish with cilantro
I like to add tabasco sauce to my finished rice for extra flavor.
Morgan enjoyed his without the olives or cilantro. I served chicken and rice with a side of the peas and a clementine for his dinner.
Leighton enjoyed the peas with some parmesan and yellow rice with shredded chicken.
everyone was happy!
4 Comments leave one →
  1. Liz permalink
    April 22, 2011 12:23 pm

    Looks delicious! Different flavor combinations than I would normally think of, but I’ll have to try it. And, you lived in Guantanamo Bay?!

    • Jen permalink*
      April 22, 2011 7:41 pm

      I hope that you try it–it’s delicious!
      ps–yes, I spent 2.5 years in Cuba in my early twenties. lots of fun!

  2. Liz permalink
    June 8, 2011 1:42 pm

    I made this Monday night and it is sooooooooo delicious! Definitely one-pot wonderful. My husband even commented that it tastes rich without being buttery. I’m looking forward to leftovers. AND making it again!

    • June 8, 2011 5:04 pm

      I’m so glad that you liked it! It is really delicious!! We eat it all the time 🙂

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