After reading the reviews about the recipe being "bland", I skipped the achiote step entirely and simply added a packet of Sazon with achiote to the first 7 ingredients as everything sauteed. I also added 1/4 cup of store bought Sofrito (frozen Goya brand). I added the 4 cups of water after the chicken was lightly cooked and then added the 4 cups of rice once the mixture started to boil. My rice was cooked throughly, but even after 35 minutes of steaming, it was still slightly "wet" causing the rice to be sticky. I suggest reducing the water by half a cup to ensure the rice is more "fluffy". The meal was very flavorful with the two additional ingredients added, but since my result wasn't from the original recipe, I only gave it 3 stars. It's not exactly like abuelita makes, but it's a good start!
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After reading the reviews about the recipe being "bland", I skipped the achiote step entirely...