Arroz con pollo
|Arroz con pollo|
|Place of origin||Spain and Puerto Rico|
|Region or state||Latin America|
|Main ingredient(s)||rice, chicken, vegetables|
Arroz con pollo (rice with chicken) is a traditional dish of Spain and Latin America, especially in Colombia, Cuba, Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Panama, Peru and Puerto Rico. In the Dominican Republic it is called locrio de pollo, and Saint Martin where it is called lokri or locreo. 
There is some debate as to whether it originated in Spain or Puerto Rico. Puerto Ricans consider it one of their classic recipes. Many Puerto Rican note that arroz con pollo can not be made with out beer and annatto oil and saffron is no substitute. Beer and annatto is rarely used in Spanish cooking and never in arroz con pollo. Annatto is frequently used in Puerto Rican cooking exceptionally in rice dishes like arroz con gandules (rice with pork and pigeon peas) and arroz con maiz (rice with corn and sausage). Beer is in many Puerto Rican dish like pollo guisado (braised stewed chicken) and asopao de pollo (chicken rice stew). Arroz con pollo and most Puerto Rican rice dish are highly seasond with sofrito another key ingredient in arroz con pollo.
Food writer Elisabeth Lambert Ortiz, while pointing to the international aspects of the dish, notes that its origin in Spains form of pilaf and already reflected international influences: chicken was brought from India and rice from Asia; saffron was introduced by Phoenician traders; tomatoes and peppers (also known as sofrito) are natives of the Americas.   
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