A while back I wrote about my goal of finding the best stewed chicken with rice in beans while visiting Belize. I didn’t just want to eat the best there; I wanted to know how to make it at home. I included some very cryptic recipe notes that I got from Tosh (our driver from Belize City to San Ignacio) in that post.
This weekend was my first attempt. While I appreciated the ‘recipe’ I got from Tosh, I couldn’t help but wonder what it would come out like if I modernized it a bit. So, I used my slow cooker and rice cooker. The results were pretty darn good (even if I have to say so myself).
Slow Cooker Belizean Stewed Chicken
- 2 Pounds of Chicken (I took the skin off and left the bones in, but go with your preference)
- 2-4 Tablespoon Ricado (can’t find it…check out the notes in my previous post how to make something similar)
- 1 Medium Onion
- Olive Oil to Cover Bottom of Skillet
- Salt and Pepper to Taste
- 12-16 Ounces of Chicken Stock/Broth
- Water (more chicken stock/broth would probably work…I just didn’t have any more)
- Heat 1/2 of the Ricado and the Olive Oil in skillet (I was hoping the Ricado would melt into the oil…it didn’t, but it still works).
- Add chicken to oil and brown.
- Add chicken stock/broth and remainder of Ricado into slow cooker.
- Once browned move chicken from skillet to slow cooker.
- Add chopped onion to skillet and cook until just past translucent (or longer).
- Move onions and pan drippings to slow cooker.
- Add other 1/2 or Ricado to slow cooker.
- Add water to barely cover chicken.
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Leave in slow cooker on low for at least six hours (or until chicken falls from bones).
Rice Cooker Belizean Rice and Beans
- 1 Pound of Rice
- 1/2 Package of Coconut Powder
- 14 Ounce of Black Beans (Kidney or Red should work too)
- Water According to Rice Cooker Instructions
- Add rice, water, and coconut powder to rice cooker.
- Follow rice cooker instructions.
- Once rice is done, add black Beans (note: add the entire can…do not drain and wash beans…bean juices add flavor).
I know my recipes are not perfect, but they’re certainly good enough to bring back memories. I’m not sure I want to be able to make Belizean Stewed Chicken with Rice and Beans perfectly. It just gives me another excuse to visit Belize again…I can’t wait!