Carolina Pilau

Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn
  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 80 mins


4ounces salt pork, slab bacon or Italian pancetta, cut ¼-inch thick and diced
1large onion, chopped
2large celery stalks, chopped
1large garlic clove, minced
4cups lower-sodium chicken broth or water
3 1/2pounds chicken pieces, light and dark
1teaspoon each dried thyme, parsley, sage, marjoram (or 1 tablespoon each chopped fresh herbs)
2 bay leaves
1small whole hot pepper (optional)
2cups seeded and diced fresh tomatoes, with their juices
Rind of 1 lemon, removed with a vegetable peeler in 2 or 3 large pieces (optional)
1/2teaspoon salt
1/4teaspoon Coarsely ground black pepper
2cups long-grain white rice
1tablespoon chopped fresh parsley


  1. Rinse pork well, especially if it is very salty, and pat dry. Place in a Dutch oven or flameproof, lidded casserole dish and sauté over medium heat until fat is rendered and pork is browned. Spoon off all but 2 tablespoons of fat.
  2. Add onion and celery and sauté until softened and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add broth and increase heat to medium-high. Bring to a boil, skimming off any scum that rises, and reduce heat to medium.
  3. Add chicken, dried or fresh herbs, bay leaves, hot pepper, tomatoes and lemon zest, if using, to the simmering liquid. Continue simmering, covered, until chicken is tender, about 30 minutes. Remove, skin and bone chicken, then cut or shred meat into bite-sized pieces. You may skim off the excess fat, but leave at least 2 tablespoons. Return chicken meat to pot.
  4. Wash rice. Drain thoroughly in a wire sieve and add to pot. Increase heat briefly until it comes back to a simmer, then reduce heat as much as possible, cover, and simmer gently for 30 minutes.
  5. Remove and discard bay leaves, hot pepper pod and zest, if using. Fluff rice with a fork. The grains should be moist but separate and not split. Immediately turn onto a platter or serve directly from pot.


Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Glycemic Load 0
  • Calories 430
  • Fat 16g
  • Saturated Fat 4g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 1.5g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 5g
  • Cholesterol 115mg
  • Sodium 1480mg
  • Potassium 110mg
  • Carbohydrate 20g
  • Fiber 2g
  • Sugars 3g
  • Protein 48g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Vitamin A 10%
  • Vitamin C 25%
  • Calcium 4%
  • Iron 25%