Arroz con pollo is a classic Latin American dish made with chicken and rice. The chicken is seasoned and browned, then simmered with vegetables and spices in a flavorful broth before being combined with cooked rice. This dish is a one-pan meal that is filling, delicious and easy to make.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cock Time: 1 hour
Yield: 6 servings
- 3 lb. bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs and drumsticks
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tsp. ground cumin
- 1 tsp. dried oregano
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 bell peppers, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tbsp. tomato paste
- 1 c. long-grain rice
- 2 c. low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 (14-oz.) can diced tomatoes
- 1 bay leaf
- Freshly chopped cilantro, for garnish
1. Pat chicken dry with paper towels, then season all over with salt and pepper. In a small bowl, combine cumin, oregano, garlic powder, and cayenne. Rub mixture into chicken.
2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add chicken and cook until golden, 5 minutes per side. Remove skillet and reserve on a plate.
3. To same skillet over medium heat, add onion and pepper. Cook until soft, 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute more, then stir in tomato paste.
4. Add rice and cook until well coated and toasted, 3 minutes. Pour in chicken broth and diced tomatoes, and bay leaf, stirring up any bits from bottom of pan. Bring to a boil, then add chicken back to skillet. Reduce heat and let simmer, covered, until chicken is cooked through and rice is tender, 30 minutes. Stir occasionally to make sure rice is not sticking to bottom of pan. Add more water or broth as necessary.
5. Remove bay leaf and serve with cilantro.