”My family’s arroz con pollo recipe has been passed down six generations,” says Maya Ri Sanchez, a biotech manager and mom of two, when she sent Familia Kitchen this recipe. ”From the hills of Sábana Grande, Puerto Rico, in the late 1800s to the suburbs of Germantown, Maryland,” where she lives now—this is the recipe her family makes.
It all started with her great-great grandmother Maria Isabel. The beloved receta for rice and chicken then was passed down ”to my great grandmother Isabel (who I got to know, love and spend time with throughout my teens) to my Grandmother Virginia (miss her so much) to my mother Carmen (whom my daughter lovingly named Abby), to me: Maya, and now to my daughter Nysia, 15,” Maya explains.
”It’s with lots of love and pride that we share our family recipe with you. My ancestors and Mom never truly measured ingredients in their cooking, so there are our best approximations. It was done by taste, smell, available ingredients—and love. So as you give our arroz con pollo a try in your kitchen, make sure to add a heaping cup of love to the ingredients!”