Cuban Imperial Rice

Imperial rice is a delicious dish that we are used to make in Cuba, and of course, there are a great quantity of varieties according the ingredients each Cuban has at his/ her house or according to a cooking little secret that they want to add to their food.

In fact, to cook a good Cuban Imperial Rice is very easy, we show you the recipe that you can not stop doing.

It is an excellent option if you are expecting guest, and if an important date, or reasons of celebration is coming.

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How to make A Cuban Imperial Rice. Recipe

cuban imperial rice

The ideal dish for tasting at home, the Cuban Imperial Rice Recipe is deliciousness that you cannot laissez taste.

  • Prep Time10 min
  • Cook Time20 min
  • Total Time30 min
  • Yield1
  • Energy200 cal
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To Use

Cooking utensils:

  • Frying pan.
  • Baking tin of 10 cm deep (you can use the one you have, if it is always deep)
  • Knife
  • Cooking Pot


  • 3 cups of rice.
  • 2 chicken breasts.
  • ½ kg of shrimp.
  • ½ kg of fresh jam (it could be any type of it)
  • 1 ½ big onion.
  • Garlic to taste (it depends on the size of the garlics if they are big with 3 or 4 it is enough)
  • 1 Tablet of chicken stock.
  • 1 ½ tablespoon of fried tomato
  • 1 packet “Sazon” seasoning packet or Goya with Saffron
  • A pinch of cumin.
  • 2 bay leaves.
  • ½ tablespoon of White pepper.
  • Salt and paprika, to taste.
  • Sunflower oil (or other type of it, preferably healthy).
  • Grated cheese.
  • Mayonnaise.
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Method of Cooking


First, wash and cook the chicken breasts over an up heat, until it will be well cooked in a litter of water, add the tablet of chicken stock, 1 ½ tablespoon of fried tomato, 2 bay leaves, a pinch of cumin, ½ onions, a garlic clove minced, and salt to taste.


When the chicken breasts get ready, we remove the chicken and reserve the broth. Then, shred the chicken using a fork. Then, we mix in a saucepan with 1 chopped onion, a garlic clove, minced, 1 ½ tablespoon of tomato puree, and oil.


We use the broth of the chicken breasts for cooking the rice, according to the measure of your rice cooker; it will be the quantity of water you should add.


We tell you this, because there are many types of rice cooker, so we guarantee your taste. Prepare a lightly fried onion with oil, garlic, and the packet “Sazon” seasoning packet or Goya with Saffron, put the rice, and then add water, and cook it.


For cooking the shrimps you can do it in two different ways, the first one is putting them in a pot with water boiling during some minutes, and set it aside, before they get so tender.


The other alternative is the one we love the most, first clean it and after that saute with oil and garlic during 3 minutes, to guarantee its adequate texture.


On the other hand, we chop well the fresh jam into diced and fry up a little in a saucepan with a little oil and reserve.


Then, when we have all these preparations ready, it’s time to mix all the ingredients.


In the mold selected, let’s put some coatings, but first let’s put in the bottom of the mold a few Mayonnaise, not too much, just in order to get a little spread.


The first coating is for adding the rice; we straighten it well in order to be a standard as possible.


The second coating is part of the chicken shred, just a few fresh jam and shrimps. Above we add Mayonnaise and a few grated cheese.


Then we add other coating of rice, and we go back with the procedure, chicken shred, few fresh jam, shrimps, mayonnaise and a few gratedcheese.


Up to the end of all the ingredients, or according to the mold, the last coating should be mayonnaise and a few gratedcheese, to taste.


Bake it to 400 F degrees, it depends of the oven you use, the time varies for 5 or 10 minutes, you will know that it is ready when you see the gratedcheese completely melted in the surface.

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You can include1 ½ cup of beer or white wine together with the broth of the chicken breasts for cooking the rice, it makes a flavor more intensive; it will like you for sure.

At the time of serving it, you can do it in the same mold set with red peppers; it will get a professional touch, and the appearance more appetizing. Besides, you can go with other types of vegetables that you prefer or cooked eggs for the presentation of the dish.

  • Nutritional Information

  • 8 servings per container
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories200
  • % Daily Value*
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