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There's a Mexican restaurant in my hometown that serves (their term) 'Arroz con pollo'. The dish itself seems incredibly simple -- it's pretty much just rice, chicken, and an incredible cheese sauce.

I've spent countless hours on google looking for a recipe for something resembling this sauce, but there doesn't seem to be one definitive version of arroz con pollo, so I haven't had much luck.

Can someone point me in the right direction?

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Can you be a little more specific about what the sauce actually is? What it looks like, tastes like, any ingredients you know of? I don't think that you're likely to get a great answer without any more details. – Aaronut Jul 24 '10 at 21:31
Unfortunately, it's been a long time, and the place is 500+ miles away, so it's kind of difficult. All I can definitively say is that it's creamy, nearly white, and delicious when served over rice/chicken. – jerhinesmith Jul 25 '10 at 3:29
i think you're referring to that sauce at mexican restaurants that should be served on anything anywhere anytime – mfg Aug 24 '10 at 13:53
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That sounds like a standard queso cheese (typically found on your chimis etc.)

If you are looking for a terrific queso recipe, there are myriad. However, two tips for any queso:

  1. seek out "Chihuahua Cheese" (its a mild white that melts very smoothly and has a subtle flavor)
  2. pepper and cumin and paprika roasted first are your friends, but if you add more than a little, they are your worst enemies. (also, fresh roast jalapenos for ideal flavor, don't use diced.)
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This may sound bloody stupid, but have you considered calling them and saying "Hey. I live five hundred miles away, I love your cheese sauce, how do I make it at home?" ?

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This is a nice comment. Sadly, I can't convert it anymore because the author's account was deleted. I am leaving it as an answer for historical reasons. – rumtscho May 28 '13 at 10:28

Stuff like this is often highly regional, and even then different people will make it differently from house to house or eatery to eatery. I seriously doubt there even is a definitive recipe to be found. Considering that the name literally means "rice with chicken" and makes no mention of a cheese sauce, I doubt the traditional version of the dish has any sauce at all, let alone a specific cheese sauce.

If I were you I'd just start with a simple queso sauce and modify it to your liking. Beyond that, this site isn't a recipe exchange and posts seeking that are being closed.

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Yeah. Try making a standard Mornay using queso blanco and see where that gets you. – daniel Jul 25 '10 at 8:36

I have ACP in 2 differant mexican restaurants in the Avon Lake and Sandusky areas of Ohio. They were awesome. In both cases, I asked what kind of cheese they used, and both times the answer was white american cheese.

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