Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Arroz Con Pollo~ Sabatier Knife Review & Giveaway

Succulent chicken is cooked in latin spiced tomatoes and rice, for a fantastic one pot meal!

Over the years there has been many things I've learned about working in the kitchen. Things like making sure to read a recipe in it's entirety before starting, or mise en place to be certain that you have all necessary ingredients for the dish you'd like to prepare. The most important thing in any kitchen though, is a good sharp knife suited for any purpose you may need. That's why I jumped at the chance to review a 6 inch cleaver from Sabatier Canada. Being married to a chef, I never had a shortage of good chef knives, but we've never had a cleaver, to help with things like breaking down a chicken, or cutting through a tough squash. I was excited to see what I could do, using this gorgeous piece of kitchen equipment.

The Sabatier brand of knives dates back to 1812, when Phillipe Sabatier designed and produced an innovative kitchen knife, in the Thiers region of France. Over the years the brand has expanded, but Sabatier has always stayed true to it's refined elegance and their trademark Griffin insignia continues to guarantee the professional quality that is Sabatier.

I was beyond excited to receive my cleaver and to get into the kitchen to start cooking. I wanted to break down a whole chicken, to see if it would be easier with the cleaver, than with my chef knife. Let me tell you, I had that chicken apart in less than 5 minutes! With all these chicken pieces, I decided to make some chicken and rice, or Arroz Con Pollo. The kids are really into Mexican flavours and I knew that this dish would be a great hearty meal, perfect for the colder weather we've been having.

I also decided to try my cleaver on some squash. I usually struggle with squash, even using the sharpest chef knife I have, so I wanted to see if a cleaver would make a difference. I have to say that I had the easiest time I've ever had, cutting this squash. Constant pressure on the blade, made it slide through smoothly. No rocking back and forth like with a chef knife. I couldn't be happier with my Sabatier Canada 6- inch cleaver.

Arroz Con Pollo
Adapted from Good Housekeeping Cookbook 1955

1- 4lb roaster chicken, cut up
1/2 C flour
1/4 C olive oil
1 onion, minced
2- 14 oz cans diced tomatoes
2 small jars pimentos
1 C pimento stuffed olives
2 C raw white rice
2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 bouillon cubes
1 pkg breakfast sausage links, cut into thirds

Coat chicken pieces with flour and set aside; discarding remaining flour.

Heat olive oil in a dutch oven or large skillet, over medium high heat. Once oil begins to ripple, gently place in a few chicken pieces at a time and cook until golden on all sides.

In same oil, sautee the onion until translucent. Drain tomato liquid into a measuring cup and add enough water to make 2 1/4 cups. Add liquid, tomatoes and pimentos (with liquid), olives, rice, bouillon cubes and sausage to the pan. Mix to combine well. Season with salt and pepper and place chicken on top. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes; lifting the rice occasionally with a wooden spoon to prevent sticking. If there is any liquid in the pan, cook uncovered for 10 minutes.

Disclaimer:  Sabatier Canada provided me with a 6-inch cleaver for sampling and review purposes. As always, all opinions on my blog, are my own."


How would you like to win a knife from Sabatier Canada, for yourself? Simply enter the giveaway below, for a chance to win. Open to Canadian residents only (excluding Quebec). Contest ends October 21st, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST.


Deb Harris said...

I'm with you, breaking down a whole chicken then making a baked chicken with Herbes de Proven├žal. Thanks for a great giveaway! I've always wanted a cleaver.

Jonnie (JB) said...

I would use my new knife to make some chicken stew

Brenda Penton said...

I would use it to make Loaded Potato and Buffalo Chicken Casserole

Jodi Mitrovic said...

I would love a new Sabatier Canada knife to help prepare my delicious chicken casserole.

jay n said...

I am in a soup mood tonight: Chicken Parmesan Soup

Josh S said...

I would make stir fry with chopped veggies.

Kristi R. said...

I would make some yummy ginger beef!