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How to Make Arroz con Pollo (Chicken and Rice)

Today I’m going to show you how to make arroz con pollo. There are so many variations out there but today I’m showing you my way. My version is easy and full of amazing flavor.

arroz con pollo on a blue plate

I used chicken thighs to make this recipe. The ones I bought had the skin on them so I took it off. It’s much easier if you can find ones that are already skinless though.

Arroz con pollo ingredients and instructions

  • 1 cup of white rice
  • 5 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 roma tomato
  • 1/4 piece of white onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbs of salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp chicken bouillon
  • 1 1/2 tbs Mrs. Dash seasoning
  • 3 tbs of vegetable oil
  • 1 red bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 packet of Sazon Goya with azafran
  • 1 1/2 cup water

The first thing we’re going to do is prepare a tomato sauce for later use. Put the tomato, piece of onion, garlic cloves, 1/2 tbs of salt and water in a blender. Blend until smooth and set aside.

Now let’s prepare the chicken. Season the chicken with the Mrs. dash seasoning and a half tbs of the salt. This is what the Mrs. Dash looks like. It’s so good!

Mrs. Dash seasoning

Mix it around good so that all the chicken thighs are covered with the seasoning.

raw chicken thighs in a bowl with seasoning

Heat up 2 tbs of oil in a skillet over medium heat. Once the oil is hot add the seasoned chicken thighs.

frying chicken thighs

Cook the chicken on each side for about 5 minutes. Then cover and reduce the heat to medium low and continue to cook for 20 minutes.

browned chicken thighs

Then transfer the chicken and chicken juices to a large bowl.

In the same skillet add 1 tbs of oil and heat over medium heat. Then add the rice and toast it for around 5 minutes until it looks like the photo below.

toasting rice in a skillet

Now that the rice is toasted add in the chopped bell pepper. I actually chopped it into slices. You can cut it into smaller pieces if you wish.

Then add in the blended tomato sauce, cumin, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, chicken bouillon and the packet of sazon goya. Give it a stir.

You can find sazon goya in your local supermarket in the hispanic/latin american aisle. You want the one that says azafran. It’s going to give the rice it’s yellow color.

sazon goya con azafran

Now return the chicken and chicken juices to the skillet and bring it to a boil over medium high heat. Then reduce heat to low and cover. Cook for 20 minutes.

how to make arroz con pollo

When done fluff up the rice with a fork.

cooked arroz con pollo in a skillet

I love to make this recipe whenever I have extra chicken thighs in my freezer. It’s a great way to use them and to stretch out a cup of rice. I garnished mine with chopped cilantro but this is optional.

chicken and rice on a blue plate

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Arroz con pollo

Arroz con pollo is a flavorful meal of chicken and rice. The whole family will enjoy it!

Course Main Course
Cuisine latin american
Keyword arroz con pollo, chicken and rice
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings 5
Author Carissa

Ingredients

  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 5 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 roma tomato
  • 1/4 piece of white onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbs salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp chicken bouillon
  • 1 1/2 tbs Mrs. Dash seasoning
  • 3 tbs vegetable oil
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 packet Sazon Goya with azafran
  • 1 1/2 cup water

Instructions

  1. Blend the tomato, onion, garlic cloves 1/2 tbs of salt and water in a blender until smooth. Set aside for later use.

  2. Put the chicken in a large bowl and season it with the Mrs. Dash seasoning and 1/2 tbs of salt

  3. Heat up 2 tbs of oil in a skillet over medium heat. Once the oil is hot add the seasoned chicken thighs.

  4. Cook the chicken on each side for 5 minutes.

  5. Then cover and reduce the heat to low and continue cooking for 20 minutes.

  6. Once the chicken is done transfer it and it's juices to a large bowl.

  7. In the same skillet add 1 tbs of oil and turn heat to medium.

  8. Add the rice to the skillet and toast till it's a golden color. about 5-7 minutes.

  9. Next add the chopped bell pepper, blended tomato sauce, ground cumin, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, chicken bouillon and the packet of Sazon Goya. Give it a stir.

  10. Return the chicken and it's juices to the skillet and bring it to a boil over medium high heat. Then reduce to low and cover. Cook for 20 minutes.

  11. Fluff the rice with a fork.

  12. Serve and enjoy!

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