Arroz Con Pollo

Arroz con pollo and salad
Valaer Murray


  • 2 chicken breasts and 4 chicken thighs (or 1 whole chicken, cut up)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced of jalapeño
  • 3 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup of long grain rice*
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano (or ½ tablespoon dried)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • Lime wedges, for garnish

Once you've mastered the mechanics of this incredibly easy one-pot meal, you can change around the vegetables and spices to create seasonal, signature combinations, like mushrooms, peas, and thyme or carrots, broccoli, and ginger with a dash of soy sauce. Here, I chose more classic Mexican-inspired flavors to create one of Latin America's most popular comfort food dishes.


Cut the chicken breasts into 2 smaller pieces so that the chicken cooks evenly. Season the chicken with salt, pepper, and paprika. Heat olive oil in large skillet and brown the chicken pieces on both sides, then put aside. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of the drippings.

Sauté the onions, garlic, jalapeño, and tomatoes, and then push to the outside edges of the skillet. In the middle of the skillet, sauté the rice for a couple minutes, then add the water, and bring it up to boil. Stir in the oregano and bay leaves. Once it reaches a boil, reduce the heat to a low simmer, and add the cilantro (reserving some for garnish) and the chicken. Cover and cook on low heat for 25 minutes.

Garnish with the remaining cilantro and lime wedges.



Calories per serving:

832 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Sugar Conscious, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 187g 288%
  • Carbs 183g 61%
  • Saturated 48g 239%
  • Fiber 7g 30%
  • Trans 1g
  • Sugars 11g
  • Monounsaturated 86g
  • Polyunsaturated 37g
  • Protein 215g 429%
  • Cholesterol 964mg 321%
  • Sodium 1,621mg 68%
  • Calcium 258mg 26%
  • Magnesium 348mg 87%
  • Potassium 3,275mg 94%
  • Iron 13mg 70%
  • Zinc 16mg 105%
  • Phosphorus 2,111mg 302%
  • Vitamin A 398µg 44%
  • Vitamin C 39mg 66%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 71%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 2mg 95%
  • Niacin (B3) 74mg 371%
  • Vitamin B6 5mg 261%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 121µg 30%
  • Vitamin B12 6µg 98%
  • Vitamin D 2µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 9mg 43%
  • Vitamin K 97µg 121%
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