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:

826 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, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 47g 72%
  • Carbs 44g 15%
  • Saturated 12g 60%
  • Fiber 3g 10%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 3g
  • Monounsaturated 22g
  • Polyunsaturated 9g
  • Protein 54g 108%
  • Cholesterol 241mg 80%
  • Sodium 408mg 17%
  • Calcium 76mg 8%
  • Magnesium 83mg 21%
  • Potassium 851mg 24%
  • Iron 3mg 18%
  • Zinc 4mg 26%
  • Phosphorus 530mg 76%
  • Vitamin A 113µg 13%
  • Vitamin C 11mg 18%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 18%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 24%
  • Niacin (B3) 19mg 93%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 66%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 32µg 8%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 24%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 2mg 11%
  • Vitamin K 37µg 46%
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