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Hey there, foodies! I’m thrilled to bring you one of my all-time favorite recipes inspired by the delicious flavors of Brazilian and Mexican cuisine. Get ready to indulge in a plate of tasty and savory Arroz Con Pollo Dan!

Arroz con pollo means chicken rice in Spanish, but this recipe isn’t your average boring chicken and rice meal. My Arroz Con Pollo Dan recipe is packed with unique and bold flavors that will take your taste buds on a culinary journey to South America.

This recipe is a perfect blend of tender chicken thighs, fluffy yellow rice, and colorful bell peppers simmered in a scrumptious tomato sauce with a slight hint of spice. The aroma alone will make your mouth water. It’s an ideal dish for any night of the week that’ll make you feel like you’ve just traveled south of the border.

So, for those of you who are looking for an easy, flavorful, and authentic Latin dish, stay tuned because this recipe is about to become a staple in your cookbook.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Arroz Con Pollo Dan
Arroz Con Pollo Dan

Let me tell you why you’re going to absolutely love this Arroz Con Pollo Dan recipe. It’s a winning combination of savory chicken thighs and fluffy yellow rice, all cooked to perfection with aromatic spices and rich tomato sauce. This dish combines the best of both worlds, American and Latin American cuisine, for a truly mouth-watering experience.

One reason why this recipe is so great is because it’s simple and easy to follow. Even if you’re not an experienced cook, you can easily whip up this meal in no time using basic kitchen tools. All the ingredients are readily available at your local supermarket or grocery store. In fact, you probably already have some of them on hand right now!

Another reason why this dish is sure to impress your family and friends is that it’s packed with delicious flavors that everyone loves. You’ll taste the hints of garlic, onions, bell pepper, cumin, and paprika in every single bite. And let’s not forget about the chicken thighs – they’re tender, juicy and bursting with flavor.

You’ll also love the versatility of this recipe. If you want to make it even healthier, you can swap out the chicken thighs for chicken breast or even turkey meat. You can also add in other vegetables like carrots, peas or corn for extra color and nutrition.

But what really sets this Arroz Con Pollo Dan recipe apart is its ability to bring people together around the dinner table. Whether you’re looking for a weeknight meal or a special dinner for family gatherings or celebrations – this dish is a crowd-pleaser that will leave everyone satisfied and happy.

So go ahead and give it a try! I promise that once you taste the authentic flavors of arroz con pollo, you’ll never go back to ordinary chicken rice again.

Ingredient List

 Savor the flavor of Arroz Con Pollo Dan!
Savor the flavor of Arroz Con Pollo Dan!

Let’s dive into the ingredients you will need to make this delicious Arroz Con Pollo Dan Recipe.

Ingredients 1:

  • 2 cups of yellow rice (use arroz con pollo if possible)
  • 8 chicken thighs (de pollo)
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil (aceite de oliva)
  • 2 tbsp of vegetable oil (aceite vegetal)
  • 1 bell pepper (pimiento) [diced]
  • ⅔ cup of tomato sauce (salsa de tomate)
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 tsp of salt

Ingredients 2: (Sofrito)

  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil (aceite de oliva extra-virgen)
  • 1 onion [diced]
  • 1 red bell pepper [diced]
  • 4 garlic cloves [minced]
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • A pinch of cumin
  • Diced cilantro (to taste)

Ingredients 3: (Adobo)

  • Garlic powder
  • Salt
  • Cumin
  • Pepper

You can find most of these ingredients at your local grocery store. Look for arroz con pollo or yellow rice in the international food aisle.

The Recipe How-To

 This recipe will make your taste buds dance!
This recipe will make your taste buds dance!


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs, chopped
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cups yellow rice
  • 1 can of tomato sauce
  • 1.5 cups of water
  • 2 tsp salt
  • ⅔ cup green peas (optional)


When I think about “Arroz con Pollo“, my mind travels to Colombia and the wonderful flavors that make this dish so fragrant and satisfying.

Start by heating your olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add your chicken thighs and cook for around five minutes on each side until golden brown.

Once the chicken is ready, remove it from the pan and add diced onions and bell peppers. Cook them for a few minutes until they become tender.

Now it’s time to create the flavorful base of our recipe. Add the yellow rice to the pan followed by a can of tomato sauce, salt and water. Give it a good stir.

Next, you are going to add the chicken back into the pan together with glassfuls of love and other optional based on your preferences. I adore adding green peas to Arroz con Pollo; they provide an exciting pop of color and offer an additional nutritional boost.

Make sure everything is well mixed, lower the heat down to low-medium, cover with a tight-fitting lid and let it cook for approximately half an hour. Your kitchen will become filled with wonderful aromatic steam teasing you with anticipation!

Once done, remember the devil is in the details, fluff your rice with a fork, and allow your paella de pollo to rest for a couple of minutes before serving.

¡Listo amigos! – now you have transformed into Executive Chef Vaynerchuk! Arroz con Pollo, paella de pollo, or chicken rice, howsoever you prefer to call it is a classic Colombian dish that will leave an unforgettable exotic taste on your palate.

Substitutions and Variations

 Spice up your life with this savory dish.
Spice up your life with this savory dish.

Now, let’s talk about some substitutions and variations you can try with this arroz con pollo recipe.

Firstly, you can switch up the type of rice used. While yellow rice is traditional, you could also experiment with brown rice or even quinoa for a healthier option. Just make sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly.

If you’re not a fan of chicken thighs, you could use chicken breast instead – just bear in mind that it might be slightly dryer than thighs. Alternatively, if you’re vegetarian or vegan, you could swap out the chicken altogether and use tofu or vegetables like mushrooms, zucchini, or eggplants instead.

For a spicier version, you could add some chopped jalapenos or chili flakes into the mix when sautéing your onions and bell peppers. And if you’re feeling indulgent, why not top your dish with some spicy cheese sauce or mix in some crumbled feta or cotija cheese for added texture and flavor.

You could also experiment with adding other vegetables into the mix, such as diced tomatoes, carrots, green beans or frozen peas would all work great in this recipe. You could even use tomato sauce instead of diced tomatoes for a more intense tomato flavor.

Finally, if you’re looking to transform this classic Latin American dish into something different but equally delicious, why not try making paella de pollo? By using seafood and Spanish rice instead of yellow rice and chicken thighs you will create a completely different but still delicious dish.

Serving and Pairing

 Arroz Con Pollo Dan is perfect for any occasion.
Arroz Con Pollo Dan is perfect for any occasion.

Listen up, foodie friends! Arroz con pollo is one of those incredibly versatile dishes that can be served as a standalone meal or paired with other mouth-watering delights. This all-in-one chicken and rice recipe is so delicious on its own that it often steals the limelight. But listen to me carefully because I’m about to share with you some of my top serving and pairing tips for arroz con pollo.

When serving arroz con pollo, I like to keep things simple. A dollop of fresh salsa, a squeeze of lime juice, and a sprinkle of cilantro can make this dish shine like gold. The acidity of the lime juice brings out the flavors of the chicken and rice, while the fresh herbs add a pop of color and an aromatic touch.

If you’re looking for a complete meal, go ahead and add some roasted vegetables on the side. Bell peppers or asparagus are great options as they complement the flavors of the chicken and rice quite well. For a creamy twist, try adding a cheese sauce drizzle over the top or serving it with Spanish rice.

Arroz con pollo is also great as part of a tapas spread. Serve small portions alongside other authentic Mexican food and Colombian chicken dishes like pio pio or paella de pollo. You can also make it into burrito bowls by adding black beans, diced tomatoes, guacamole, shredded lettuce or any other toppings you desire.

Whether you choose to serve it traditionally or creatively, your guests will leave your table feeling satisfied and full. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to give this dish a try and create your own twist on this classic recipe!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Get ready to experience a burst of flavors.
Get ready to experience a burst of flavors.

As an experienced chef, I understand that life can often get in the way of meal prep. Don’t worry, my recipe for Arroz Con Pollo Dan has got you covered. It’s easy to make ahead, store and reheat.

If you want to save time on your busy weekdays, you can definitely make this dish ahead of time. After the preparation, I suggest storing it in a large meal prep container and refrigerating it for up to four days. When it comes time for dinner, simply reheat it in the microwave or oven until hot and steamy.

Storing the chicken and rice separately is also an option if you want to keep them fresh longer. That way, they won’t become too mushy or dry when reheated together.

When reheating in a microwave, make sure to stir every 30-40 seconds to ensure even heating. Alternatively, you can also use your oven or stovetop to gently rewarm the dish until it reaches the desired temperature.

However, please note that the longer the dish is stored in your fridge or freezer, the texture and taste may be affected. So keep that in mind when preparing for leftovers.

The Arroz Con Pollo Dan dish also freezes well! Just follow similar steps as above but thaw beforehand in the fridge overnight. Then reheat as instructed above once completely thawed.

With these simple storage tips, there’s no need to let this traditional Colombian recipe go waste if you don’t finish all at first go!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Don't miss out on this mouth-watering meal.
Don’t miss out on this mouth-watering meal.

Now that you are ready to cook a delicious Arroz Con Pollo Dan, let’s go over some tips to ensure that you get the perfect results.

1. Use high-quality ingredients: The quality of the ingredients will affect the overall taste of the dish. So, look for fresh and vibrant produce and high-quality chicken thighs to make a flavorful Arroz Con Pollo.

2. Allow the rice to rest: Once your Arroz Con Pollo Dan is cooked, let it rest for at least 10 minutes so that the flavors can meld together and the rice can absorb all the delicious juices from the chicken.

3. Don’t lift the lid while cooking: It can be tempting to peek and see how your dish is coming along, but every time you open the lid, you let out steam and heat, which will lead to uneven cooking.

4. Use a heavy bottom pot: A heavy-bottomed pot or pan distributes heat evenly, which ensures that your Arroz Con Pollo Dan cooks properly without any burnt or undercooked pieces.

5. Season as you go: Be sure to taste the dish as you go and adjust for seasoning as necessary. This will help ensure that everything comes out perfectly seasoned.

6. Add extra toppings: To give an extra flavor to your dish add toppings such as cheese sauce or Spanish rice, bell peppers, and tomato sauce. These add-ons will take your dish to another level.

7. Don’t forget salt and oil: While it might seem obvious, be sure not to forget seasonings like salt or oil in your recipe. These ingredients are essential in making sure your dish is as savory as possible.

By following these tips, you’ll have an amazing Arroz Con Pollo Dan in no time!

Bottom Line

Are you ready to try out my Arroz Con Pollo Dan recipe? With the perfect combination of yellow rice and tender chicken thighs, this dish is packed with various flavors that will leave you begging for more. Trust me; your taste buds will thank you!

By using the listed ingredients and following the directions described in the recipe guide carefully, I guarantee a delicious plate of arroz con pollo, which is sure to be a hit at any gathering or dinner party.

Don’t be afraid to switch things up though! Feel free to add your own twist by selecting variations from the Substitutions and Variations section that meets your preference. If you’re hesitant, remember that even minor changes can have surprisingly positive results.

Lastly, I highly recommend pairing this dish with some Spanish rice or cheese sauce to give it an extra kick. With these options and more found in the Serving and Pairing section, there’s no stopping you from having a fantastic and authentic Latin American meal.

In conclusion, give my Arroz Con Pollo Dan recipe a try because it’s simple to make, incredibly delicious, and perfect for any occasion. It’s also an excellent opportunity to explore authentic Latin American cuisine and impress your family and friends with your culinary skills. As someone who values great food, I promise you won’t regret it!

Arroz Con Pollo Dan

Arroz Con Pollo Dan Recipe

A rice and chicken dish
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Latin American
Servings 5 10
Calories 207.6 kcal


  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 2 cups yellow rice
  • 1 red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons salt


  • cook chicken thigh in oven for 25 minutes.
  • Boil the yellow rice
  • Chop red pepper. Add red pepper, salt and chicken thigh meat to rice. Stir and Serve.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 132gCalories: 207.6kcalCarbohydrates: 1.8gProtein: 16.5gFat: 14.4gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 79mgSodium: 3560.8mgFiber: 0.6gSugar: 1.2g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Easy, Meat
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Dora is a chef well-versed in Brazilian and American cuisine. After a hard day's work in the kitchen of her restaurant, she finds the time to jot down recipes for her food blog. Her recipes are sure to delight foodies everywhere, as she strives to make each one unique and enjoyable to read.