Chicken ASOPA

Thought you’d enjoy hearing about a dish called Chicken Asopa, which is apparently a favourite of chef Juan Carlos Cruz - self-styled 'calorie commando' who, according to the Foodnetwork website, "heads up a saucy swat team to help regular folks deal with their food issues". The dish is five-star rated and is said to serve up to ten people.

1 kilo boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons olive oil
100 grams bacon, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium bell pepper, chopped
1 medium tomato, chopped
1/2 medium spicy turkey sausage, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
1/4 cup pimiento-stuffed olives, chopped
1 tablespoon capers
1 cup long-grain white rice
3 cups water or chicken stock
1/2 cup frozen peas

Toss chicken with oregano, pepper, paprika, salt, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil until evenly coated. Brown chicken in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Remove from heat and set aside.

Heat remaining 3 tablespoons oil a large non-stick pot. Add bacon and garlic and saute until fragrant. Add the onion and bell pepper and saute until onion and pepper are tender.

Add tomato, browned chicken, and sausage. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Add olives, capers, rice, and water. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Add frozen peas and simmer for 5 more minutes. Taste for seasoning and serve.

Sounds good, huh?


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Mari Ellingson

A full account and photos of how I made ASOPA Chicken are on my blogsite at: http://islandmeri.wordpress.com. Thank you very much Keith for featuring the recipe. It was deliiiiiiiiiicious!

Mari Ellingson

I made ASOPA Chicken this evening! it was awesome. Yes, it can feed 10 people alright!

I found all the ingredients in our local store and got cooking. I took some photos but have difficulty uploading them. Will persevere and get them uploaded shortly.

It took about an hour to get everything cooked and, voila, dinner! We had a great time devouring it.

When I was cooking it, I was thinking of all my rellies and friends who attended ASOPA over the years. Thanks for ASOPA Chicken.

For those who think it may be slightly too much work just think of paella and get cooking. I can guarantee a very satisfying meal and an addition to all your other favourite chicken dishes. It has made mine now...

Mari Ellingson

This looks good! I will try it this weekend.

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