On my second night in Havana; my hosts were preparing dinner for me so, I watched them while they were cooking to get recipes for you guys. Here is how locals cook their delicious Cuban rice and chicken, and fried plantains.
Tips: Before I start, I want to let you know that there is an easy way to cook beans instead of using ready to eat canned black beans. It is a long process, but your beans taste better than the canned ones. Soak 2 cups of black beans in 3-4 cups of water night before you are planning to cook the rice. Cover the pot and let them soak overnight. In the morning, black beans will absorb most of the water. Add more water and half chopped onion into the pot. Let it cook about 45-60 minutes.
In a pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and sauté about 4-5 minutes.
Add beans and wine. Cook it about 5 minutes
Then, add rice, water, and spices. Simmer on medium-low heat, occasionally stirring, until the rice absorbs most of the water
Cover the pot, reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for 20 minutes. Make sure you have a good seal on your cover. Steam cooks the rice. After 20 minutes, turn off the stove and let it sit.
Cut the chicken breast into small pieces.
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
Cook and stir onion in hot oil until tender, about 5 minutes.
Add garlic and continue to cook and stir about two minutes more.
Add and stir chicken, wine, cumin, and salt. Cook about 7-10 minutes.
The quantity depends on how much you like plantations, to be honest, but I usually get two large plantains, peel them, slice them, then fry them until browned and tender. Enjoy!