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Playing Rachael's Ancho Chicken and Rice


  • 4 ancho chili peppers, seeded and stemmed
  • 1 quart chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons honey or agave
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 1 ear corn on the cob, husked and corn scraped from cob
  • ½ cup shelled fresh peas or frozen peas
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon each ground cumin, coriander, and paprika or smoked paprika (scant palmfuls)
  • 1½ teaspoons oregano (half a palmful)
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, bones and skin removed, meat shredded
  • Juice of 1 lime, plus small wedges, to serve
  • Optional garnishes: toasted slivered almonds, cilantro or parsley leaves, thinly sliced scallions, and pickled jalapeno pepper rings


Serves: 4


Place chili peppers in pot and toast over medium-high heat. Add 2½ cups chicken stock and 1 cup water, bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer to reduce liquid by about half and soften chili peppers, about 8-10 minutes. Once tender, puree in food processor or blender with honey or agave to lightly sweeten.

Meanwhile, in a second saucepot, heat 1 tablespoon butter and add rice. Toast the rice until fragrant, about 4-5 minutes. Add remaining stock and bring to a boil, add salt and cook about 13-15 minutes. Add corn and peas, cover, and cook 2-3 minutes more. Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes; adjust salt, then fluff with fork.

For the chicken, in a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat, melt remaining butter, add onion and garlic, salt and pepper and lightly brown and soften, 5 minutes. Add spices and oregano and stir a minute, then add chicken and combine with sauce to heat through. If chicken gets dry, add a little more stock or water. Add juice of 1 lime to serve.

Serve chicken on bed of rice with toppings of choice.