I’m still reeling from last night’s crazy Oscars! I took a risk and voted for Moonlight, so when the La La Land win was overturned I was jumping with joy! Not only was this film so deserving of Best Pic, but Moonlight was the winning point on my ballot and I won the pool at my annual Oscar party. I love thinking up thematic foods for each film – and I made this Slow Cooker Arroz Con Pollo for Moonlight. Everyone loved this traditional Latin American chicken and rice fiesta. A winning dish for a winning film!
When I watched Moonlight, I knew that Arroz Con Pollo would be the best dish to represent this beautiful film. There is a moving scene involving the main character, Chiron when he visits his childhood friend, Kevin. Kevin works in a diner and insists that Chiron try the Chef’s Special: Arroz Con Pollo. You’ll have to watch the film to see how the rest of the scene plays out!
Typically, a roasted chicken leg rests overtop a mountain of Spanish rice. However, since I was using a crock pot, I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs, which work better for slow cooking. As for the other ingredients, they’re pretty straightforward. The yellow saffron Spanish rice I found at the local Metro grocery store, no problem.
A healthy, super easy dish to make, this slow cooker recipe is ideal for a family-style dinner, or if you have a baby shower on the day of a big party! Tender, shredded chicken is nestled among the slightly smoky, tomato infused saffron rice and sweet vegetables. Serve with lime wedges and hot sauce for a bit more kick, along with some plain yogurt to cool your dancing tastebuds.
This delicious Latin America rice and chicken dish can be made in the slow cooker. Light, fluffy saffron rice soaks up the flavours of the vegetables and chicken. Reminisce about the Oscar winning movie Moonlight as you make Kevin's "Chef's Special" for someone you love!
Events and Holidays, Healthy, Main Dish, Poultry, Slow Cooker
8Boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1tablespoonavocado oilI use avocado oil for cooking, but olive oil is fine too!
3garlic clovespeeled, finely chopped
1red pepperstem and seeds removed, diced
1.5cupslow sodium chicken broth
128oz canlow sodium diced tomatoes
2cupsfrozen vegetablesa mixed bag with peas, carrots and corn works well
18 oz boxyellow saffron Spanish rice
1cupplain Greek yogurtfor serving
1limesliced into wedges for serving
Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper. Set aside.
Heat oil in large skillet or saute pan over medium heat. Add onion, garlic and red pepper and saute until vegetables have softened and are lightly browned, around 8-10 minutes.
Sprinkle flour over vegetables and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly to prevent burning. Slowly whisk in 1/2 cup of broth, scraping up any browned bits. Transfer to slow cooker.
Add chicken, remaining broth, diced tomatoes, frozen vegetables, bay leaves, oregano and salt. Coat evenly with vegetable mixture. Cover and cook for 8 hours on low or 4 hours on high.
At the 6 hour mark (or 2 hour mark on high) add rice to slow cooker and stir well.
Top with fresh parsely. Serve with lime wedges, yogurt and hot sauce on the side.
Moonlight Slow Cooker Arroz Con Pollo
What did you make for your Oscar party? Have you seen Moonlight? What did you think of the scene featuring Arroz Con Pollo?