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Sep 152012

Yellow Rice And Chicken

This recipe also was included in the What’s Cooking Under The Hair Dryer and it is the recipe from the Columbia Restaurant in Tampa, Florida, actually it’s in Ybor City which is part of Tampa. The Columbia was established in 1905 and is the oldest restaurant in Florida!

One of the reasons I wanted to post it, was because I had eaten at this restaurant on many occasions when I lived in Largo, Florida, however I never had this particular dish, usually had their Cuban sandwiches. Another reason, I never heard of putting tomatoes in this southern favorite! Bear with me on this one too, as a couple of things we’re gonna have to do, to make it, is second guess some of the ingredients, I’m game are you?

One part of their dining area!

Yellow Rice And Chicken
  • 1 fryer
  • 1 onion
  • 2 buttons garlic ?
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Pinch saffron
  • 1 lb rice
  • 4 oz lard or ½ pt. olive oil
  • 2 pimentos
  • 1 green pepper
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 6 oz tomatoes ?
  • 1-1/2 qts. of water
  • 1 can (2 oz) petit pois
  1. Cut chicken in quarters and fry with onions and garlic; when finished, add tomatoes with water.
  2. Boil for 5 minutes - add bay leaf, salt, rice, saffron and green pepper. (I believe you're suppose to add these ingredients and then boil for 5 minutes, but I posted it as it was written)
  3. Stir thoroughly; place in moderate heated oven for 20 minutes.
  4. Garnish with Petit Pois and pimentos.


This is an actual picture of their Yellow Rice & Chicken!
Where’s the tomato?

My inserted question mark for the tomatoes, are they fresh or canned and for the pepper, what size? And if you never heard of petit pois, that’s the fancy name for the green peas in the above picture. Enjoy figuring this one out because it does sound very good and this restaurant is known for their excellent food.

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  1. Thanks for commenting Judy! I really loved going to that restaurant when I lived down there as we had to go to Tampa quite a bit to the airport to ship blue crabs to Maryland during the winter. Would love to have one of their Cubans again, maybe someday……….Regina By the way, where do you live now? Just curious……..

  2. i grew up in Tampa, always loved the Columbia in Ybor City. Went to B C Graham Ele and Washington Jr Hi in the 40-50’s. Yellow rice and chicken and Traditional Cuban sandwiches made with real Cuban bread says home to me.

  3. It is a beautiful place and very old, really enjoyed going there! Everybody who lived down there, frequented the restaurant, it was a must do thing, not a bucket list item. Thanks for commenting!

  4. What a beautiful looking restaurant! This chicken dish sounds great! :)

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