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Mexican Chicken & Rice – by Fina!

Guest recipe by beautiful Fina Alfonsina Diaz!

This is a delicious easy recipe that will make any soul warm.

Enjoy and thank you very much Fina for letting me watch and blog about this recipe.

1 cup uncooked rice
½ an onion – sliced
¼ green bell peppers (capsicum) – sliced
1-pound chicken
1-32oz packet of Swanson Chicken Broth
¼ – ½ can of tomato sauce
1 tsp garlic paste or minced garlic
½ tsp cumin powder
Salt to taste
Handful fresh cilantro
Oil as per choice


Heat oil over medium heat.
Fry the dry rice while gently stirring, till rice turns brown.
Add the sliced onions.
Add the sliced green pepper


Add the chicken and mix well.
Add the chicken broth and let it simmer for a few minutes.
Add the tomato sauce.
Add salt as per taste.
Add garlic and cumin powder.


Add chopped cilantro.
Add ¼ cup of water.
Bring the mix to a boil
Cover on medium heat and let it simmer for 30 minutes or till the water is completely dry.


Tasty Mexican rice ready to be served!

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Spicy Cilantro Barbecue flavored Shrimp with Rice Pilaf


Moving to a new state and into a new apartment was fun but not being able to cook was definitely a bummer.
So since it was my first day back in the kitchen I decided to experiment a bit and add flavors that just popped. So here goes, my new kitchen creation:

1-cup small shrimp
Handful of chopped Cilantro
½ a Red Onion chopped.
1 tsp Green Chili Chutney or paste (I used Swad – Green Chili Chutney)
1 tbs Worcestershire Sauce
1-1/4 tbs Barbecue Sauce (I used Famous Dave’s BBQ sauce)
1 tbs (heapful) Mayonnaise
1 tsp Garlic Paste
½ tsp Cayenne Pepper (or to taste)
½ tsp Black Pepper (or to taste – I like mine spicy).
Salt to taste.
1 tbs of Oil
1 Packet of Near East Rice Pilaf mix (Garlic and Herb)


In a bowl mix all the ingredients (except the Shrimp and the Rice Pilaf) well.
Use a blender and blend the ingredients to a fine paste.
Add the Shrimp and let it marinade for at least 20 minutes.
In a non-stick pan add the oil, once hot add the marinated Shrimp and fry for 30 minutes. (Or as per your desired consistency. I wanted my spice mix to be a bit crunchy).
In a separate pot, cook the Rice Pilaf as directed on the package.
Top your Rice Pilaf with the Shrimp and Enjoy.

Warning – this dish can be a little spicy and amazingly good for your taste buds.

Happy Cooking ☺


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