This is an authentic recipe.
dinner for 6:
4 Tbs (60 ml) butter or margarine
1 cup finely chopped onions,
1 cup red and/or green bell peppers
1 cup of diced celery
1 Tbs (15 ml) finely chopped garlic
2 whole bay leaves
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/2 tsp (2 ml) cayenne pepper, or to taste
1/2 tsp (2 ml) Tabasco sauce, or to taste
1/2 lb (250 g) smoked ham, chopped
1 cup (250 ml) canned tomato sauce - or your own homemade
3 lbs (1.5 Kg) chicken, cut into parts and meat removed from bones
3 cups (750 ml) canned or fresh chicken stock
2 cups (500 ml) uncooked white rice
Melt the butter or margarine in a heavy 4 quart (4 L) pot.
Add the onions, peppers, celery, garlic, the bay leaves, salt and pepper, cayenne, Tabasco, and the ham and cook over high heat, stirring frequently, until the onions are medium brown, about 15 minutes.
Add the tomato sauce, chicken pieces, and the chicken stock and bring to a simmer.
Add the rice and stir briefly. Cover the pot, reduce the heat to very low, and cook for about 15 minutes, until the rice is cooked. Serves 4 to 6.
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