While it’s fun to point out dishes that can identified with a specific regional or national origin the cuisine of Central and South America is united by some overarching cultural influences. While a version of chicken and rice may not be found in every corner of the region, it is a pretty widely adopted dish. Of course there are endless permutations that make it instantly identifiable as coming from this region or that city, but in general all the recipes follow a similar basic form.
This recipe is in fact so widely adopted throughout the world that I intend to include a set of recipes on just chicken and rice in an upcoming article but for today a simple, pan-latino example will have to suffice. This is a very simple, straightforward recipe that could be made your own with a few simple additions. coconut milk, shrimp, chilies, corn, and bacon are just a few ingredient that spring to mind as ways to add something special here. It’s a fine recipe on it’s own, soul soothing and satisfying, but like all of the cuisines of South and Central America have done , it could happily adopt another cultural influence to make it something new and exciting. As it is this is a lovely dish to pair with a light, earthy Pinot Noir.
Two to try: