Spanish Rice

By Katherine

Whatever you call it, I love that zesty orange-colored rice that often accompanies Mexican or Latin dishes, but I have rarely tried to make it at home.  I decided to change that this week, when I was looking for an accompaniment for this chicken  recipe.  After some searching online, I decided to use this recipe from Epicurious as a jumping-off point, with modifications. The final result was good enough that I think it will make it into our regular dinner rotation, and with brown rice and zucchini added in, I can even call it healthy. 

Latin baked chicken and Spanish rice

Latin baked chicken and Spanish rice

Spanish Rice

Adapted from Epicurious.com 

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, chopped

1 cup long-grain brown rice

2 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth

1 14.5-oz. can diced tomatoes with green chilies

1 medium zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch dice

1/3 cup cilantro, chopped

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a medium dutch oven or saucepan (my 3.5-quart Le Creuset worked great, but you could use a smaller dish) on the stovetop, heat the oil and add the onion and garlic. Cook this mixture over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, about 4 minutes, or until softened. Add the rice and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes, or until the rice looks a little toasty. Add the broth and the tomatoes and bring to a boil.

Bake the rice, covered, in the middle of the oven about 45 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed. Stir in the zucchini and let stand, covered, about 5 minutes. Just before serving, stir in the cilantro.