Cuban Garlic Chicken Bowls with Beans & Rice, Fried Plantains & Mojo Sauce are bursting with bold authentic flavors and textures that are warming and satisfying. It’s like taking a trip to Cuba without leaving your own kitchen!
I really want to visit Cuba. I mean REALLY. When we were thinking through vacation ideas last summer Cuba popped up and my heart started racing (we ended up in the Canadian Maritimes). With the shift in the trade relationship with the U.S., it seemed a perfect time to go. Granted, travel isn’t yet set up to hop a plane for a vacation as with most destinations; it just seems that going when a country opens to travel is the perfect time to catch the culture in a more authentic state.
It must be on my mind right now because I’ve shared a Hemingway Daiquiri (originated in Cuba) and Moros y Cristianos (Cuban Black Beans and Rice) in the past week. With winter wind howling as the soundtrack to my days right now, I dream of the bright colors, jazz music, luscious food, warm culture and the cocktails. I’d love to explore Cuban life outside of a movies or documentaries like favorite Buena Vista Social Club.
With no plans to get to Cuba any time soon, I can always be transported by the food. Do you ever find that when you eat the food of another culture or location, you really can imagine being there live? Poor man’s travel I suppose. Having just made Moros y Cristianos, a Cuban themed bowl sounded good to me. Cuban Garlic Chicken, Black Beans & Rice, with Fried Plantains and Mojo Sauce. Though there are multiple components, they are each easy to make and can be staged so you don’t do all the cooking at once.
Time Saving Tips for preparing these Cuban Bowls:
This flavorful Cuban inspired Bowl is full of authentic Cuban Black Beans and Rice, Garlic Chicken, fried plantains and a drizzle of citrusy Mojo Sauce. Though there are four components in the bowl, there are some simple ways to save time landing you with only 15 minutes of prep and 15 minutes of cooking the day of serving.
- Make the Moros y Cristianos, Mojo sauce and marinate the chicken all the day prior to serving.
- When preparing the recipe, while the chicken is finishing off heat, cook the plantains which will be hot and ready to make up the bowl soon after they are done.
Each of these components can be made on their own for other meals as well!
What does Mojo Sauce Taste Like?
The Mojo Sauce is a very brightly flavored, citrus sauce and is typically served with many Cuban dishes. The ingredients in the marinade are very similar.
My Favorite Method for Cooking Chicken Breasts
This method of cooking boneless, skinless Cuban Garlic Chicken breasts is THE best. Really. Five minutes total uncovered, then 8-10 minutes off the heat covered. You will be left with completely succulent, tasty chicken breasts with no drying out of the chicken breasts as they can do due to the lean meat.
What Are Plantains? Are Plantains the Same as Bananas?
Plantains are in the banana family but are not as sweet as the traditionally eaten bananas. When fried they add a slightly sweet note with some starch to the dish. Plantains are not readily available in all areas year round so the substitution would be green bananas. They type you bring home to ripen!
They’ll be a touch sweeter than the plantains but absolutely work in the Cuban Bowl. The final Bowl will be a mound of Cuban Black Beans and Rice (this also could be made the day prior), with strips of the chicken breasts, fried plantains and a drizzle of the Mojo sauce which will have the consistency of a vinaigrette.
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