One thing I miss about living in the city is getting the opportunity to listen and watch live the music and to eat foods of various cultures. I tell you, there is nothing as delicious as the foods from many different cultures. I absolutely love all kinds of Puerto Rican, Mexican and Spanish foods. So my husband and I, try to fulfill our taste for these foods by learning how to make some of them for ourselves. And so we cooked a delicious Puerto Rican style baked chicken and it came out absolutely delicious.
“Daisy Cooks Sofrito”
I am in love with this cook named Daisy Martinez because her recipes are out of this world. I purchased her recipe book “Daisy Cooks” many years ago and so she is the reason I know how to make “achoite oil” and “sofrito” from scratch. I like in this video as she shows you how to make the Sofrito and Achoite oil which are the two main ingredients used in many of the Puerto Rican, Latin, Mexican and Spanish style foods. But because I have no access to a lot of the ingredients here where I live, I just try to “make do” with what ingredients I can find here living in the country. So I hope you enjoy the YouTube videos and give the recipe a go.
“Gipsy Kings- Somos Gitanos”
“Viento Del Arena- Gipsy Kings- 1989”
Flavorful Puerto Rican Style Baked Chicken Recipe
1 whole chicken (washed and cleaned)
24 oz bottle of Mojo (Crillo) Marinade by goya
(or you can just use the spices listed below to marinate the chicken)
5-6 peeled white potatoes
10 to 15 baby carrots
1 cup of coconut oil
1 small can of tomato sauce
1 jar of Culantro cooking base by goya
1 jar of Sofrito tomato cooking base
2 packets of sazon by goya (Con culantro Y Achiote)
1 tablespoon of garlic powder
1 tablespoon of onion powder
1 tablespoon of adobo
1 tablespoon of lawrys season salt
Homemade Sofrito Ingredients
1 yellow onion
1 red bell pepper
3-4 garlic cloves
1 plum tomato
# 1 Be sure to wash your whole chicken thoroughly.
#2 Then marinate by placing the chicken in a plastic baggie into a bowl with Mojo Marinade (or you can use the spices to marinate the chicken but be sure to massage the spices in well and underneath the skin) for 1 or 2 days in the refrigerator.
3. Then in a food processor blend until like a mushy paste
all the Homemade Sofrito ingredients, you may have to add a bit of oil to it.
Then mix in half of the 12 oz jar of Culantro cooking base, set aside.
4. Next pour the tomato sauce and sofrito tomato cooking base to the bottom of the baking pan and pour in half of the homemade sofrito.
5. Next remove the chicken from the marinade and place the chicken into a baking pan, then sprinkle on the spices and massage and rub these spices all over the chicken and underneath the skin as well.
6. Pour on top of the chicken the rest of the homemade sofrito then add carrots and potatoes.
7. Next cover baking pan with aluminum foil and then cover with lid.
8. Next bake the chicken in a 350 degrees oven for at least 1 hour and 30 minutes or up to 2 hours depending on the size of the chicken, until well done.
9. Once done, slice up the chicken and serve with the potatoes and carrots.
In this video below, it shows you how to wash, clean, season and rub in the spices on and under and around the skin. I love how this lady shows how it’s done.
“Puerto Rican Baked Whole Chicken”
“Tribute To Puerto Rico”
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