Spice Up Your Mealtime with Delicious Arroz Con Pollo

Are you looking for a hearty and flavorful meal that will transport your taste buds to Latin America? Look no further than Arroz Con Pollo, also known as Chicken Rice.

This classic dish is prepared in many different traditional ways throughout Latin American countries such as Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Mexico. But no matter how you choose to prepare it, the combination of tender chicken pieces, savory rice, and aromatic spices creates a truly satisfying experience.

As a chef specializing in both Brazilian and American cuisine, I have found that this recipe is always a crowd-pleaser. It’s perfect for a weeknight dinner or a special occasion where you want to impress your guests with an authentic Latin American dish.

Join me as we explore the recipe for Arroz Con Pollo step-by-step and learn how to achieve the perfect balance of flavor in this beloved dish.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Arroz Con Pollo - Rice With Chicken
Arroz Con Pollo – Rice With Chicken

Listen up, foodies! If you’re on the hunt for a mouth-watering dish that’ll make your taste buds sing, then you’ve come to the right place. Get ready to tantalize your senses with my Arroz Con Pollo – Rice With Chicken Recipe!

Why will you love this recipe? Let me tell you – it’s a classic dish in Latin America that’s been prepared in many different traditional ways. So, it’s already a winner in terms of flavor and versatility. But not only that, it’s also an easy one-pot meal that saves time and effort. Perfect for busy weeknights when you don’t have much time to spare in the kitchen.

But the best part is yet to come. This Arroz Con Pollo Recipe is packed with flavorful spices like paprika, cumin, and oregano that’ll make your kitchen smell heavenly as you cook it. And don’t forget about the addition of saffron for an extra touch of exoticness! The combination of these ingredients makes the chicken rice tender, juicy, and incredibly tasty.

What’s more, this recipe uses boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs depending on your preference. So whether you’re a breast or thigh person, we’ve got you covered. And let’s not forget about the use of fresh parsley, garlic clove, tomato sauce, green onions, lemon juice, and pimiento which are added towards the end for an extra dose of freshness and zing.

One more thing: You can decide to make this dish Mexican-style by using short-grain rice or Puerto Rican-style by using medium-grain rice. Both options are equally delicious with slightly different texture and aroma profiles.

So there you have it – this recipe is easy to make, versatile in preparation style, packed with flavor and aromatic ingredients tailored to suit different preferences. And most importantly – it tastes fantastic!

Now go ahead and give my Arroz Con Pollo recipe a try, and I guarantee you won’t regret it.

Ingredient List

 A rich and hearty Arroz Con Pollo, ready to satisfy your taste buds.
A rich and hearty Arroz Con Pollo, ready to satisfy your taste buds.

Here are all the ingredients you’ll need to make Arroz Con Pollo. Don’t be intimidated by this extensive list; I guarantee you probably have many of these ingredients already in your pantry.

Main Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups short-grain rice (known as arroz con pollo or Latin American/American/Mexican rice)
  • 4 cups chicken broth (homemade or low-sodium store-bought)
  • 2 large, ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped pimiento
  • 1/4 cup green onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced

Dry Spices:

  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano

Wet Spices:

  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Pinch of saffron threads dissolved in warm water (optional)

Breading Mix:

  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

The Recipe How-To

 This dish is perfect for a cozy dinner at home or a special occasion.
This dish is perfect for a cozy dinner at home or a special occasion.

Now comes the most important part of this recipe: The How-To. Follow these simple instructions for a mouthwatering Arroz con Pollo.

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
8 skinless chicken thighs
1 garlic clove, minced
– 1 green onion, chopped
2 tbsp. olive oil
– 2 tbsp. flour
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. cumin
¼ tsp. saffron
1 ½ tsp. salt
– 3 cups of short-grain rice
4 cups of warm water
– 1 chicken bouillon
– 2 tomatoes, chopped
– 1 can chopped pimiento
– Fresh parsley and oregano

Step One: Cook the Chicken

In a large skillet over medium heat add olive oil and heat until it shimmers. Add the chicken pieces and cook until golden brown on both sides, about 10 minutes total. Remove the chicken from the pan onto a plate.

Step Two: Make the Sauce

Add garlic, onion, paprika, cumin, saffron, and flour to the same pan used to cook the chicken in. Cook for about two minutes while stirring frequently.

Step Three: Cook the Rice

Add rice to the mixture along with three cups of warm water, chicken bouillon cube, chopped tomatoes, chopped pimiento, fresh parsley and oregano. Stir until everything is mixed together well.

Step Four: Combine and Cook

Add the cooked chicken back into the pan with the rice mixture on top of rice and submerge slightly with a wooden spoon or spatula.

Simmer uncovered for about 20 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed by rice.

Step Five: Let It Rest

Once your Arroz con Pollo is done cooking, remove it from heat and let it sit covered for about 10 minutes. This will allow the flavors to meld together perfectly.

Now enjoy your delicious, one-pot Arroz con Pollo!

Substitutions and Variations

 Warm, savory, and full of flavor, this dish is sure to be a hit with everyone at the table.
Warm, savory, and full of flavor, this dish is sure to be a hit with everyone at the table.

Now, let’s explore some substitutions and variations that you can make to this classic dish to give it your own unique twist.

To start, you can use either boneless, skinless chicken breasts or chicken thighs in this recipe. If you’re a fan of dark meat, then consider going with the chicken thighs for extra flavor.

If you’re looking to put your own spin on the rice portion of the dish, try experimenting with different types of rice such as short grain (typically used in Puerto Rican arroz con pollo) or Mexican arroz. Don’t be afraid to switch it up and incorporate your favorite flavors into the mix!

If saffron is not readily available or if you are on a budget, try using turmeric instead. It will give the same yellow color to the rice as saffron does, without breaking the bank.

For an added level of heat and spice, add some diced jalapenos or green chilies as a garnish or mix them in with the chicken while it’s cooking. Top it off with some shredded cheese like Monterey Jack, cheddar, or queso fresco for an extra layer of flavor.

If you’re feeling inspired by Cuban cuisine, try giving this dish a Cuban twist by adding black beans and corn into the mix. This will add an additional layer of flavor and texture to the dish.

Finally, if you want a faster and easier version of this recipe, cook it in a pressure cooker! This will cut your cooking time down significantly while still yielding delicious results.

Remember that Arroz con Pollo is a versatile dish that can be customized to fit any taste preference. So feel free to play around with various substitutions and variations until you find the unique twist that tastes just right for you!

Serving and Pairing

 With chicken, rice, and a range of delicious spices, this recipe is sure to please.
With chicken, rice, and a range of delicious spices, this recipe is sure to please.

Now that you have prepared the Arroz Con Pollo, it’s time to think about how you’ll enjoy it. There are countless ways to serve and pair this dish, depending on your preferences.

In Latin America, it is common to serve this classic dish with a side of black beans or refried beans. Additionally, a simple salad of sliced avocado and tomatoes can make for a refreshing complement to the rich and hearty flavors of the Arroz Con Pollo.

For a more traditional Puerto Rican-style meal, serve alongside plantains or fried yucca. The sweet and starchy flavors combined with the savory chicken rice is a match made in culinary heaven.

If you’re looking for some heat, try serving the Arroz Con Pollo with a spicy salsa or hot sauce on the side.

In terms of drinks, a refreshing beer like Corona or Tecate can help balance the richness of the dish. Alternatively, try pairing with sparkling water or even red wine for a more sophisticated take.

No matter how you choose to enjoy your Arroz Con Pollo, remember that this dish is versatile enough to suit any mood or occasion. So go ahead and get creative!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Whether you're a fan of Brazilian or American cuisine, there's something for everyone in this dish.
Whether you’re a fan of Brazilian or American cuisine, there’s something for everyone in this dish.

Listen, folks. This recipe may be a classic dish in Latin America, but you can make it ahead of time and store it for later like a pro. Imagine having a delicious pot meal ready to heat up and eat at any time, without compromising the taste. That’s what Arroz Con Pollo is all about!

To make things easy for you, let me walk you through the best way to store and reheat this flavorful Puerto Rican chicken and rice recipe.

First things first – if you’re planning on making this dish ahead of time, let it cool down before storing it in an airtight container. Pop that container straight into the refrigerator if you’re planning on eating it within the next few days. If you won’t be consuming it in that time frame, consider freezing your dish – Arroz con Pollo freezes like a charm!

When you’re ready to enjoy your stored or frozen Arroz Con Pollo, there are two options for reheating: microwave or oven. The microwave is a quick and convenient option – simply reheat your chicken and rice on the defrost setting for 3-5 minutes or until warmed all the way through.

Alternatively, reheat your meal in the oven by first preheating it to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Then transfer your Arroz Con Pollo into an oven-safe baking dish and cover it with foil. Bake it for about 20-25 minutes or until heated thoroughly.

Listen up amigos, follow these storage and reheating tips to ensure your Arroz Con Pollo tastes even better than before!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Get ready to dive into a world of delicious flavors with this Arroz Con Pollo recipe.
Get ready to dive into a world of delicious flavors with this Arroz Con Pollo recipe.

When it comes to making Arroz Con Pollo, there are a few tips and tricks that may help you achieve the perfect result. Here are some of my recommendations to ensure your dish is flavorful and tasty.

First, make sure you use authentic ingredients such as saffron, paprika, cumin, and fresh parsley which will give this classic dish an aromatic and earthy flavor.

Secondly, use boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs which will absorb the flavors better and allow for easier preparation. Cut the chicken into small pieces for more even cooking.

Thirdly, allow your rice to cook undisturbed until the last 5 minutes or so. Resist the urge to constantly stir the rice as this can often make it mushy.

Next, let your pressure cooker release naturally rather than manually. This will prevent excess moisture from being expelled from the dish.

It is also important to use high-quality chicken broth or bouillon cubes as this is what gives the dish its signature flavor.

Finally, garnish with freshly chopped green onions and garlic cloves for added taste and aromatic essence.

By following these tips and using authentic ingredients, you will be able to create a memorable Arroz Con Pollo that exceeds your expectations.


As a chef who has prepared Arroz Con Pollo numerous times, I have come across some questions that are commonly asked. Allow me to answer these frequently asked questions and provide you with tips and recommendations for preparing this dish.

Can you cook raw chicken and rice at the same time?

It is possible to prepare an effortless one-pot meal by cooking raw chicken and uncooked rice simultaneously. While it is recommended to sear the chicken in the pot beforehand, as this enhances the dish’s overall taste.

What goes well with arroz con pollo?

One of my favorite meals to prepare is the delicious Arroz con Pollo, which is a filling and satisfying dish on its own. I usually like to complement it with some yogurt or sour cream, fresh fruit, and a refreshing green salad tossed in a Cilantro Lime Dressing. For those willing to go the extra mile, it can also be served with sides such as Corn Salad, Fruit Salad, or a tasty Pina Colada Salad.

Why is my arroz con pollo mushy?

Arroz con Pollo is a delicious and easy one-pot dinner paired usually with plantains. However, it can turn out mushy if there is too much water or overcooking involved.

Can you boil rice in the same water as chicken?

Transform the flavor of your rice dish by replacing water with chicken broth. This simple swap will result in tender, savory rice that will leave your loved ones impressed and craving more.

What is arroz con pollo the national dish of?

A popular dish among Spain and Latin American countries is Arroz con Pollo, which translates to “rice with chicken” in Spanish. Each nation has its own traditional way of cooking it, resulting in a variety of unique renditions of the renowned meal.

What ethnicity is arroz con pollo?

A popular meal in Latin American cuisine, arroz con pollo is a close cousin of the classic paella. It is usually made with chicken, rice, onions, saffron, and various other grains or veggies.

Bottom Line


After reading through this article, it’s clear to see that Arroz Con Pollo is a classic and versatile dish that can be prepared in many different ways. Whether you’re looking for a traditional Puerto Rican or Cuban recipe or something with a unique twist, there are plenty of options to choose from.

What makes Arroz Con Pollo so special is its combination of flavors and textures. The chicken, rice, and spices all come together to create a dish that’s hearty, savory, and comforting. And with its one-pot cooking method, it’s an easy meal to prep and cook for large groups or busy weeknights.

Overall, if you’re looking for a delicious and satisfying meal that captures the essence of Latin American cuisine, Arroz Con Pollo is the way to go. With its rich history, diverse flavor profiles, and endless possibilities for customization, it’s no wonder why this dish has become such a beloved classic.

So next time you’re craving something warm and comforting, give Arroz Con Pollo a try. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!

Arroz Con Pollo - Rice With Chicken

Arroz Con Pollo - Rice With Chicken Recipe

Yes, another recipe for this Cuban dish. I don't know if this is Cuban version, but it's very good and pretty. I consider this a company dish. To peel the tomatoes, dip in very hot water; they should peel easily. I got it from the Prudent Diet Cookbook. If you are making it for more than 2 people, adjust measurements.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Latin American
Calories 893.2 kcal


  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 teaspoon saffron
  • 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced (or more to your liking)
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped pimiento
  • 2 small tomatoes (peeled and chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 cup uncooked rice
  • 1 pinch cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 cups chicken bouillon


  • Place chicken in bowl for marinating
  • Crush saffron and dissolve in warm water
  • Combine with lemon juice, 1 tablespoon oil and salt.
  • Distribute saffron marinade well over all pieces of chicken and let stand at least 1/2 hour.
  • Remove chicken saving any remaining marinade.
  • Dust chicken lightly with flour.
  • In a large skillet, heat the 1/4 cup oil and brown the chicken pieces.
  • Remove chicken and set aside.
  • To the skillet, add garlic, onions, pimiento, tomatoes, oregano, parsley and any remaining marinade.
  • Simmer, stirring occasionally until onion is soft and mixture has cooked down.
  • Add rice and cook stirring until rice is translucent
  • Sprinkle with cumin and paprika.
  • Heat chicken bouillon and pour ovr rice Bring to a boil.
  • Add chicken and bring to a boil again.
  • At this point I put everything in a casserole dish and bake in a 350 degree oven.
  • Just watch until moisture is absorbed by rice.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 659gCalories: 893.2kcalCarbohydrates: 98.5gProtein: 38.4gFat: 37.5gSaturated Fat: 5.6gCholesterol: 68.4mgSodium: 2797.1mgFiber: 4.2gSugar: 4.8g
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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.