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Pollo con Coca-Cola

1 (3 to 4 pound) chicken, cut into pieces
2 cloves garlic, halved
Black pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
24 ounces Coca-Cola
1/4 cup water
1 large Spanish onion, sliced thin
4 carrots, peeled and cut in rounds
2 fresh chile peppers, seeded and cut in half
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1 cup uncooked rice

Rub each piece of chicken with garlic halves; sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Heat oil in cast iron pot. Brown chicken in oil. Add onion, carrots, oregano and chile peppers, then the water and enough Coke to cover the chicken. Salt and pepper to taste. Simmer, covered, for 1 1/2 hours. After 30 minutes cooking time, remove 1 cup of the liquid and use it, with 1 cup water, to cook the rice.

Serve chicken on a platter with rice alongside and the vegetables and sauce as a side dish. Serve with salad and lots of French bread to sop up the sauce.

Serves 4 or 5.