Dulce Recardo

At home in Belize we make a stewed chicken. It’s amazing! The reason it’s incredible is because of a seasoning we use called recardo. It’s achiote seeds ground up with maza (corn) salt and pepper. Since it can not be found most places you may use achiote seeds or the powder  It’s not as good but this dish is great without it. Being that I live in the US I have been out of recardo many times.

6 chicken thighs
One tbsp of Recardo or 7 achiote seeds, 2/3 of a tbsp of powder achiote.
2 tbsp coconut oil
2 cups of zucchini sliced
1 medium yellow onion
4 plum tomatoes (do not use canned)
1/2 cup of chopped pineapple
3 tbsp of yellow raisins
3 springs of thyme
1 tsp of chopped tarragon
1 tbsp cayenne
1 head of garlic
2 tbsp of salt.
3 tbsp pepper
2 tbsp cayenne pepper
Green pepper
Massage chicken with Recardo or soak achiote in hot water over night and massage into chicken, or use powder achiote. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add cayenne roast on 350 until chicken is firm. Should take 40 minutes depending on oven strength.
Sauté onions, jalapeño, garlic, zucchini in a sauce pan. Once soft add chopped tomatoes and pineapple. Cook fifteen minutes then add 1 tsp of salt, 1 tsp of pepper and tarragon. Cook another fifteen minutes and add chicken. Add thyme and cover for fifteen minutes. Eat over rice, amaranth or millet.
English: Open fruit of Bixa orellana, showing ...

English: Open fruit of Bixa orellana, showing the seeds from which Annatto is extracted, photographed in Campinas, Brazil Français : Fruit ouvert de rocouyer (Bixa orellana), montrant ses graines dont on tire le roucou. Photo prise à Campinas, au Brésil. Português: Fruto aberto de Bixa orellana, o urucum, mostrando as sementes com arilos vermelhos, fotografado em Campinas, Brasil (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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