Arepas Chile Chicken ~ The Sweet Hereafter

So, can just anyone buy a submarine?

It’s not like she isn’t qualified to command one; after all, Sister Madly has a boating license- got it when she was twelve. Officer What’s-His-Name said it was all she needed to operate motorized watercraft- sure, she may have forgotten a few things in the intervening years, but surely beneath the water those laws no longer apply.

The craft shouldn’t be difficult to figure out, no doubt just an ignition key and a bright orange button to make it go forward. It will have no reverse gear, but that won’t be a problem on the ocean’s floor where U-turns are permitted willy-nilly; after all, the Germans call these magnificent vessels U-boats, which is clearly in honor of the U-turn.

But most importantly, one need never parallel park a Submarine between an obnoxious Prius and a wood-paneled PT Cruiser, which is a most unnatural and debauched maneuver straight from the pit of hell.

She doesn’t need all the fancy u-boat upgrades, such screen doors and nuclear warheads; your standard get-out-of-the-way torpedo will do. Sister Madly will, however, insist upon flocked wallpaper, disco lights, and a badass stereo system; David Bowie will sound especially haunting inside a submarine.

As for the intermittent, man-your-stations-you’re-under-attack buzzer (complete with flashing red light,) that will make a most excellent alarm clock for any early morning appointments Sister Madly is foolish enough to make.

Also, a conveniently placed shark’s fin will not go to waste.

It shall be called the USS Sweet Hereafter.

* But secretly, she will call it Myrtle.

There are one or two things that will need to be addressed- her negative sense of direction, for example. Officer What’s-His-Name used to talk about this apparatus called a compass, but Sister Madly finds relying upon magnetic poles so 1987. She would utilize a state-of-the-art navigational system,* not prehistoric tomfoolery.

* A few sober friends and a map.

You may be wondering where Sister Madly will store the vessel when not in use. She is certainly glad you asked! Her elder sister, Tallulah, has a creek running through her back yard- no doubt she would be happy to let sweet little sis park Myrtle at the end of the dock. The HOA doesn’t address the subject of submarines, thus one can only assume that they are allowed on the property.

Also, Sister Madly would be most responsible with the torpedoes: she will only use them on spiders.

But all this is nothing more than a pipe dream if civilian submarine ownership is beyond her reach. Sister Madly couldn’t go on wasting her night glamming up Myrtle if she wasn’t allowed to buy one.

So, at 2:41 AM:

Can just anyone buy a submarine?

Now some of you may cluck your tongues at the 2:41 timestamp, but it’s not like she was texting something frivolous, like celebrity death notices. This was important; Sister Madly’s entire future depended upon it.

And rest assured, she was completely sober at the time.


Come on, Professor- can’t a person ask about submarine ownership without being accused of plotting something nefarious? Sister Madly encountered the same skepticism last year when inquiring about a steamroller. Have a little faith.

The Professor never answered.

So… can just anyone buy a Submarine?



  • 6-8 boneless chicken thighs, whole
  • 2 sweet onions, sliced
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1½ cup chicken stock
  • 1 TBSP tomato paste
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp chili powder
  • ¼ tsp chipotle pepper
  • salt, to taste

Heat oil in Dutch oven
Add onions; stir to coat
Lower heat, stirring occasionally until onions are caramelized (30-45 min)
Mix in spices, stock, and chicken; bring to a boil
Reduce heat; simmer until chicken is cooked (25 min)
With 2 forks, shred chicken in sauce
Simmer to reduce and thicken


  • 1 cup Harina de Maiz (pre-cooked cornmeal, such as P.A.N.)
  • 1 cup water or milk, room temp if possible
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 TBSP oil

Combine arepa flour and salt
Mix in oil and water, until mixture is smooth
Knead a few times, dividing dough in four pieces*
Roll each piece into a ball, then flatten about 1/2 inch thick
Heat greased pan over medium heat
Add the arepas; cook until golden brown (about 6-7 minutes)
Flip; cook another 3-5 minutes

* Coating hands in oil will help prevent sticky-dough rage.

Split arepas horizontally
Fill with chicken
Top with cotija, guacamole, and sour cream

THEME SONG: Under Pressure, David Bowie/Queen

20 responses

  1. Lol! I really must make it out to the next submarine races. Chills! GreAt recipe , and David B song ! 😊♥️🍻

    Liked by 1 person

    August 19, 2018 at 5:14 AM

    • Submarine racing can be so stressful to watch, especially when placing bets! Can distract one from the sunset, you know. ;~o

      Liked by 1 person

      August 19, 2018 at 1:23 PM

  2. The Divine Masculine

    As a Colombian who loves arepas, I give my 100% stamp of approval on this. Gonna have to give it a try this week! 🤤 great post family 🙏🏽

    Liked by 1 person

    August 19, 2018 at 6:05 AM

    • Thank you!!

      This was my first time making arepas and it makes me happy to get a stamp of approval! So kind of you. ;c)

      Liked by 1 person

      August 19, 2018 at 1:20 PM

      • The Divine Masculine

        🙏🏽 hope you enjoyed them!

        Liked by 1 person

        August 19, 2018 at 1:21 PM

  3. That CXhile Chickens looks awesome.
    Loved the play on the Goidfather Meme. Leave the submarine. LOL
    Happy Sunday

    Liked by 1 person

    August 19, 2018 at 8:22 AM

    • I heard recently that the Cannoli line in the film was ad-libbed… glad they kept it in. ;c)

      And Happy Sunday to you as well!


      August 19, 2018 at 1:15 PM

  4. Such a tasty looking dish. I’m experimenting now with making Arepa, so this is very helpful. So far I’ve baked it, but I’ll try your method as well. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    August 19, 2018 at 9:15 AM

    • Never even thought about baking arepas… interesting. Not a bad idea if making multiple batches.

      This was actually my first time making them, and they turned out pretty well. Hope you give it a go. :c)

      Liked by 1 person

      August 19, 2018 at 1:11 PM

      • I was indeed making a fairly large batch and this method was offered by some bloggers so I gave it a try. The result was good, but I’m still experimenting, so it’s good to learn about other methods. 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

        August 19, 2018 at 1:54 PM

  5. I never knew what U stood for. Heh! The top of your post is hysterical. Good job. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    August 19, 2018 at 9:39 AM

    • What else could that ‘U’ possibly stand for? ;c)

      And thank you!


      August 19, 2018 at 1:07 PM

  6. Haha this was hilarious! Looks fantastic! Thank you for sharing! I just posted some of our best dishes on my blog yesterday.

    Liked by 1 person

    August 20, 2018 at 6:51 AM

    • Thank you.

      I’ll be sure to drop by your site soon!


      August 20, 2018 at 2:53 PM

  7. I am informed, by a source of uncertain reliability, that near the end of the last century the 5th largest submarine fleet on this planet was owned by the pepsi cola company, who apparently got the rough end of the deal from a dubious Russian scrap metal merchant (or the government, such as it was, if that is any different).
    My point is that not only is submarine ownership perfectly (if inconveniently) possible for civilians, it also seems possible to trade them for soft drinks… probably sufficient soft drinks to float (sink) the entire fleet.
    So next time somebody tells you they went out for a sub and a soda, check to see if they leave damp footprints…

    Liked by 1 person

    August 21, 2018 at 12:32 AM

    • Sub and a soda… ha ha ha! ;~D

      But thank you for solving one of life’s greatest mysteries- thought I would never know the answer to civilian submarine ownership. I am now a wee bit wiser.


      August 21, 2018 at 11:36 AM

      • And in my opinion, that prius and PT cruiser would look just grand at 90 fathoms…

        Liked by 1 person

        August 21, 2018 at 12:36 PM

  8. This looks delicious! I want to try this now, haha!

    Liked by 1 person

    October 13, 2018 at 4:33 PM

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