This Instructable will teach you how to make two traditional Puerto Rican foods: a side called Arañitas (Spanish for "little spiders") and pollo frito ("fried chicken"). Anyone can make these simple dishes; if you can make ramen, then you can make these. It may help if you have experience cooking chicken or frying food, though it is not at all necessary.
The history of Arañitas and Pollo Frito is quite the mystery. Many believe that Arañitas is a Spanish variation on a dish introduced to Puerto Rico by African immigrants. Pollo Frito seems to be the Spanish take on chicken, similar in ways to the many other variations found throughout the world.
Arañitas is a traditional variation of the salty side: Puerto Rico's "French Fry." They can be served with meat, rice, or as simple snacks. Pollo frito is a common dish found at family gatherings or community events served as a main dish. Pairing these two together gives you a complete meal with a taste very different from American cuisine, and even from typical "Mexican food" eaten in America.
This dish will take 15 minutes of prep time, and 20 minutes of cooking, giving you a complete meal in just over half an hour.
When you finish cooking, you will enjoy a wonderful traditional dish from the island of Puerto Rico!
Step 1: Gather Ingredients & Tools
• 6 cups Vegetable Oil
• Adobo Seasoning (You may substitute Garlic Powder, Salt, and Pepper. Mix to taste)
• 9 Garlic Cloves
• 2-3 Medium Jalapeños
• 4 Chicken Breasts
• Pinch of Salt
• Pinch of Pepper
• 3 Plantains
• Measuring cup