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Spanish Chicken Rice (Arroz con Pollo)

chefmilani's picture
This is a classic Puertorrican recipe, served with beans,side salad with avocado and you have your sunday meal prepared!!!
  Whole chicken 1 , cut into parts (Seasoned)
  Seasoning 1 Tablespoon (For Chicken)
  Extra virgin olive oil 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Garlic 3 Clove (15 gm)
  Garlic salt 2 Tablespoon
  Small diced onions 1 Cup (16 tbs) (Yellow Onions If Possible)
  Small diced green peppers 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (Cuban Cooking Peppers If Possible)
  Chopped cilantro 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Diced red peppers 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Chicken base 1 Tablespoon (May Substitute For 5 1/2 Cups Of Chicken Stock)
  Capers 2 Tablespoon
  Cooking oil 1⁄2 Tablespoon
  Paprika 2 Tablespoon
  Cumin 3 Tablespoon
  Rice 4 Cup (64 tbs)
  Salt To Taste
  Pepper To Taste

1. Heat the vegetable oil, brown the chicken on each side (your not cooking, just sealing the juices in). Take the chicken out of the pot and place in bowl.

2. Remove 1/2 of the cooking oil. Add onion,peppers,cumin,paprika,cilantro, capers and season with salt and pepper (don't be afraid), cook for 2 minutes cleaning the bottom of the pan with your spoon. Taste the mixture and make sure its a little salty, you are gonna add a lot of water.

3. Add the rice and mix well, make sure all the rice gets that pretty yellow color.

4. Add watter or stock enough to cover over 1/2 an inch over the rice, taste the water make sure it has good strong flavor, if not you may add more salt, pepper and cumin (try not to mix the rice after the watter is added).
Add the chicken and make sure the rice is covered with water, if you need to add more water or stock. Raise the temp to med hi.

5. When the rice soaks up all the water, lower the temperature to low, mix the rice and create a dome in the center on the pot, cover and cook for 20 to 30 minutes.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
30 Minutes
Ready In: 
50 Minutes
My mom coked this and getting home and smeling the rice and the vinegar from the salad made me a very happy kid!!. For a step by step picture instructions for this recipe visit

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 1587 Calories from Fat 655

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 72 g111.1%

Saturated Fat 15.2 g76.1%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 226.5 mg75.5%

Sodium 2644 mg110.2%

Total Carbohydrates 153 g51%

Dietary Fiber 5.7 g22.6%

Sugars 2.3 g

Protein 70 g139%

Vitamin A 85.2% Vitamin C 50.8%

Calcium 20% Iron 63.7%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


shantihhh's picture
This sounds wonderful! I love the cuisine in Puerto Rico. One of my favourites there is the tamal/pastels made with maybe masa and plaintains with pork filling. So good at this restaurant in Old San Juan. Shanti/Mary-Anne
msrunner1's picture
I made this dish for dinner today, it was a big hit with my family. This was my first time time attempting chicken and rice with these wonderful and different flavors. Will make again. Thanks
Prezi's picture
I also tried a similar dish with chicken and rice, but that had to be baked. That was a hit and this weekend, I have another get together arranged at home and unfortunatley my oven cheated me - it's simply not working! I think this Spanish Chicken rice is rather simple and I love the spiciness you have given the dish. I do not keep stock of extra virgin olive oil but, it's just the plain one I have right now. So, would you advice me to go ahead with extra virgin itself for this chickeb rice recipe or can the normal olive oil version be equally good? Do let me know please!
Gadget.Lady's picture
that s a neat Spanish Chicken Rice (Arroz con Pollo) recipe..
Spanish Chicken Rice (Arroz Con Pollo) Recipe