Cuban Chicken Fricassee with Black Beans and Rice
1 cup freshly squeezed orange or tangerine juice
1 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
1/2 lemon, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons chopped flat leaf parsley*
6 cloves garlic, peeled, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano**
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
4 pounds chicken thighs and legs, skin on
6 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 small yellow or white onion, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch slices
1/2 green pepper, cored, seeded, diced
2 tablespoons capers
20 large pitted green olives
Black Beans and Rice:
1 1/2 cups uncooked black beans, washed, pebbles removed
2 slices good quality bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
1/2 small yellow onion, peeled, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, peeled, finely chopped
5 cups water or chicken stock
1 tablespoon Tabasco hot sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1 bay leaf
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, if desired
6 cups warm cooked white rice
The Day Before Serving:
Combine juices, lemon slices, parsley, garlic, oregano, salt, pepper and cumin in 5-quart casserole. Place chicken in marinade and allow to marinate overnight.
In 2-quart measuring cup, combine 3 cups water and black beans. Allow to soak overnight.
To make the black beans and rice:
Drain beans well and set aside. In 4-quart saucepan on Wolf cooktop over medium heat, fry bacon until crisp, reserving 1 tablespoon fat. Remove bacon, crumble it and set aside. Heat bacon fat on medium heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté until onions are soft. Mix in remaining ingredients, including soaked beans and crumbled bacon. Bring all ingredients to a boil and reduce to a high simmer. Cook 1 hour 10 minutes or until beans are very tender and almost all of the cooking liquid has been absorbed. Taste for seasoning and adjust if desired. Gently mix into warm cooked rice.
To Make the Chicken:
Remove chicken from marinade and pat dry, reserving the marinade. In a 6-quart stockpot on Wolf rangetop over medium high heat, add 2 tablespoons oil and heat until just smoking. Place half the chicken in the hot oil carefully with tongs. Allow to brown before turning. Brown on all sides, remove from pan and repeat with remaining chicken pieces. Remove second batch of chicken from pan. Pour off oil. In same pan, add remaining 2 tablespoons oil and add onion slices and green peppers. Allow the onions to brown and peppers to cook through. Stir in marinade, capers and olives. Bring to a boil and add browned chicken. Reduce to a gentle simmer and cover. Cook for 40 minutes, or until chicken is thoroughly cooked. When chicken is tender, arrange it over the black beans and rice and spoon sauce over the chicken.
*2 teaspoons dried parsley can be substituted for 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
**1 teaspoon dried oregano can be substituted for 1 tablespoon fresh oregano
Makes 4 to 6 servings.