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Cuban Chicken with Rice

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Servings: 4
Cook Time: 55 min.
John Shields
Beer helps to tenderize the drumsticks while infusing them with moisture.


  • 3 lbs chicken drumsticks (about 8 - 10)
  • 2 tsp salt, divided
  • 1 tsp black pepper, divided
  • 2 tbls olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 5 cups chicken stock, warmed
  • 2 cups Arborio rice
  • 1 can (12 oz) beer
  • 1 jar (4 oz) sliced pimentos, drained
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed


  • Preheat oven to 375° F.
  • Season drumsticks with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. In large sauté pan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat, warm olive oil. Add chicken to pan and cook, turning once, until golden brown, about 7 minutes.
  • Add to pan onion, garlic and green pepper; sauté 5 minutes over medium high heat. Add tomato sauce, white wine and warm chicken stock. Add remaining teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Bring mixture to a boil; add rice. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer 20 minutes, stirring gently. Add beer.
  • Cover pan and place in preheated oven. Bake 15 minutes. Remove pan from oven; stir in beer and return to oven. Continue cooking until chicken is cooked through and juices run clear when pierced with knife, about 5 minutes more. Add pimentos and peas; stir well to blend. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 964
  Calories from Fat 185 (19%)
(32%)Total Fat 21g
(23%)Saturated Fat 5g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
(87%)Cholesterol 262mg
(74%)Sodium 1781mg
(39%)Potassium 1378mg
Total Carbohydrate 93g
(15%)Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 6g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(173%)Protein 86g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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