It was not my favorite. 🙁

I might just not be good at cooking. Baking, on the other hand, I’m really good at that. Buuuuuut, outside of the one or two recipes I’ve mastered, and the one or two I’ve concocted on my own (turkey mess, anyone?), I’m kinda useless on the stovetop.

As a BzzAgent, I was admitted into a campaign for Progresso Recipe Starters and received a can o’ Creamy Roasted Garlic as well as coupons for additional flavors. After searching through the recipes for something that piqued my weirdo taste buds, was interesting enough to be outside the realm of our usual cooking, and would satisfy K’s palate, I settled on Creamy Arroz con Pollo.

Two things I should have done before starting are: a) check the ingredients on the can of sauce, and b) read the recipe. The sauce has celery in it, which I cannot. stand. at. all. I only realize there was something besides cream and garlic in it *after* I’d dumped it in the skillet. (usually, and I know this is weird, if there are lumpy things I don’t like in something, I will strain them out. Case in point, the Frisco sauce on Steak & Shake’s Frisco Melt. I’ve always asked for it on the side so I could strain out the pieces of pickle relish). I also should have read the recipe completely because then I’d realize it was one of those “cook rice in a skillet” deals, with which I am constantly unsuccessful. These two problems I had with the recipe/sauce are not due to anything wrong with the recipe or the sauce, but with my pickiness and my inability to successfully cook rice in skillets.

I digress.

I went about making the meal, which was pretty easy, but I changed a few things – I put in fewer beans because I can’t stand them, and I added more taco seasoning to the skillet with the rice. Some things I would change if I were to make it again would be to season the chicken more (it was very good and tender, but lacking in seasoning – salt & pepper don’t quite cut it – I’d probably add some taco seasoning to that, or cumin or chili powder or something!), and I would probably add some kind of tomato element to the dish. I briefly considered throwing in some salsa, but decided not to for whatever reason. It definitely needed a little something extra.

So, how did it taste? It was pretty good – apart from needing that tomato/pepper flavor. Oh, and the rice was crunchy, because I can’t seem to master making rice in a skillet, as I’ve mentioned before. I had to laboriously pick through the black beans, because I didn’t want to leave the out of the recipe, but didn’t want to eat them. The chicken, as mentioned, was nice and tender, just needed some extra flava. Honestly, I didn’t even notice the celery, either, it probably cooked down to mush or I was so busy making sure I didn’t eat beans that I didn’t taste it!

It was an easy recipe to follow, didn’t take long to make (about 45 minutes, 25 of which were just when the rice was simmering), and it satisfied the fiancee, I am just a picky pickerson.

I will be trying more of the Recipe Starters and their corresponding recipes soon, though! Most of the recipes for the Creamy Three Cheese are calling out my name…

I will stick to making rice in the rice cooker, though 🙂

arroz con pollo – sorta.

(one can of Progresso Recipe Starters and various coupons were given to me to use and provide my honest feedback, which you just read. Thank you to BzzAgent and Progresso for the opportunity!)