Arroz imperial

This Cuban recipe has become international with its variants. Four main ingredients are rice, chicken, cheese and mayonnaise.

Arroz imperial


  • 3 cups rice cups
  • ½ chicken
  • ½ kg cooked ham
  • ½ kg of peeled shrimp
  • 2 cups white wine or beer
  • 1 tablet of chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons tomato puree
  • Oil
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Laurel
  • Cumin
  • Sweet paprika
  • White pepper
  • Salt
  • Mayonnaise
  • cheese
  • Saffron or bijol


1-    Remove the skin from the chicken and put it in the pot with 1 onion, 2 cloves garlic, cumin, bay leaf, a spoonful of tomato puree, salt and the broth and boil until it is soft.
2-    The ham is chopped into small pieces and sauté in the pan with a clove of garlic.
3-    Cook the shrimp, remove and mix with chopped onion, white pepper and stir-fry.
4-    Once the chicken is done, crumble and put in a frying pan with a little oil, chopped onion, 1 clove of garlic, paprika and 1 tablespoon of tomato puree. Save the resulting broth.
5-    Take the pot, add a little oil, chopped onion, peppers in strips, ½ teaspoon cumin, saffron or bijol and the rice is poured to the sofrito.
6-    The rice is cooked over medium heat and the 2 cups of wine or beer and a pint of chicken broth are added.
7-    Salt is added and the rice is simmered until it is done.


1-    The refractory mold is taken and the rice is thrown until approximately 2 centimeters of height crushing it with a slotted spoon.
2-    Covered with mayonnaise, spread all over the surface, part of the shrimp.
3-    Return to cover rice, about 2 centimeters, crush with the skimmer, add mayonnaise and a layer of shredded chicken.
4-    Return rice (2 centimeters), mash, add mayonnaise and a layer of ham on top.
5-    Repeat the process by pouring rice, and sandwiching the chicken with the ham once and with the other shrimp. Leaving more layers of chicken than ham and shrimp.
6-    Once the mold has been covered, mayonnaise is poured over it or a last layer of rice is left and grated cheese is placed over it, putting it to gratin in the oven.
7-    It can be garnished with peppers or boiled eggs.

Arroz imperial


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