Belize Chicken with Rice and Beans

The National cuisine of Belize is a combination of Caribbean, Creole and Spanish influences.  Here are two of Belize’s most traditional recipes.

                                          Belize Chicken with Rice and Beans

Belize Chicken

Serves 4-6

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bites
2 tablespoons allspice
1 tablespoon Creole seasoning
Dash of cayenne pepper (about 1/2 teaspoon)1 tablespoon olive oil

Heat the oil over medium heat in a large cast iron skillet. Using tongs mix chicken, allspice, Creole seasoning, and cayenne in a large bowl.  Carefully add the chicken to the oil.  Cook chicken 6 to 8 minutes.  Then serve chicken with coconut rice and black beans.

Rice and Beans

2 cups of rice
1 cup of red kidney beans
1 cup of coconut milk
1 onion
2 cloves of garlic
1 tbsp of dried thyme
Salt and pepper

Soak the beans overnight in water for about 6 hours.  Chop the onion and garlic, and  cook.  Add the beans and cover with water, and bring to boil until tender.  Add thyme, a pinch of salt and pepper, and coconut milk.   Add the rice and cook until tender, stirring occasionally with a fork.


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