I came across this recipe in my latest Everday Food magazine and thought it sounded pretty good. And I love any recipe that gives me the excuse to use my dutch oven (mine is kiwi green). This isn't like Chipotle the restaurant, just used some chipotle peppers in the recipe :) It was good and we really like it....however it is pretty spicy. I think I should have taken the seeds out from the chipotle chiles. I'll try that next time.
Here's the recipe...
Chipotle Chicken and Rice
served 4 | Prep Time 20 min | Total Time 1 1/4 hour
2 T vegetable oil
8 bonesless skinless chicken thighs (about 2 lbs)
coarse salt and ground pepper
1 medium red onion, thinly sliced lengthwise (I used a yellow onion)
3 garlic cloves coarsely chopped
1/2 tsp cumin
1 canned chipotle chiles in adobo, minced
2 large tomatoes, diced large (I only used one because we're not big tomato fans)
1 cup white rice
lime wedges, for serving
cilantro - chopped for serving (optional)
1. In a large dutch oven oe heavy pot, heat oil over medium high. Season chicken with salt and pepper on both sides with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/8 tsp pepper. Working in batches, brown chicken on both sides about 6 minutes total. Transfer to a plate.
2. Reduce heat to medium. Add onion and saute until soft, about 5 minutes, scraping up any browned bits from bottom of pot (if necessary, add a bit of water to release browned bits.)
3. Add garlic, cumin, and chiles; cook until garlic is soft and fragrant, 2 minutes. Add tomatoes and 1 tsp. of salt and cook until tomatoes begin to break down and release their juices, 3 minutes. Stir in one cup of water and return chicken and any accumulated juices to pot. Cover, reduce to a simmer, and cook for 25 minutes. (see picture below for this step).
4. Remove several pieces of the chicken and stir in rice, making sure it completely submerged in liquid. Replace chicken, cover, and cook until rice is tender and liquid has been absorbed, 25-30 minutes more. Serve with lime wedges and cilantro if desired.
Give it a try :) You spicy dish lovers will really enjoy this dish.