Arroz con Pollo

Arroz con Pollo

10 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2011

Arroz con pollo, or chicken cooked with rice, is a common dish in Spain, Latin America and the Caribbean. We use quick-cooking brown rice here to help you get this on the table in just 40 minutes. Serve with a mixed green salad tossed with cilantro-lime vinaigrette.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 2½ pounds bone-in chicken thighs and/or drumsticks (about 8 pieces), skin removed, trimmed
  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup tomato sauce
  • 1¼ cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup instant brown rice
  • 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables, thawed


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  1. Sprinkle chicken with ¼ teaspoon salt. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and add half the chicken pieces, skinned-side down. Cook until browned on one side, 4 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with the remaining chicken; transfer to the plate.
  2. Add onion, garlic and tomato sauce to the pot and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add broth and the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt; bring to a boil. Stir in rice, return the chicken to the pot, cover and simmer until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken registers 165°F, 8 minutes. Stir in vegetables, cover and cook until heated through, about 2 minutes. Serve the chicken over the rice.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 2 pieces & ¾ cup rice
  • Per serving: 373 calories; 16 g fat(3 g sat); 3 g fiber; 26 g carbohydrates; 31 g protein; 33 mcg folate; 87 mg cholesterol; 3 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 3,517 IU vitamin A; 9 mg vitamin C; 33 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 720 mg sodium; 483 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (70% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 3½ lean meat, 1 fat

Reviews 10

March 25, 2017
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By: cdee424
I made this with a deboned rotisserie chicken, skin removed, and added green chile......then topped the final product with diced avocado...ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS, and low-sodium!!
January 30, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
I followed the recipe but used red,yellow and red peppers with carrots instead of frozen veggies. I added it with the broth and let them cooked until tender and then added the rice. Delish! Pros: One pot dinner Cons: Make sure your chicken is cooked thru
September 03, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
This was sinfully delicious!! I couldn't belive this was healthy. I didn't change a thing except I couldn't find the quick cooking brown rice so I used the regular one. Totally worth the wait.
May 09, 2012
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By: Granny48
Easy to prepare Followed the recipe except I used drumsticks only and added some cumin. It turned out quite well. I thought it was very tasty.
September 07, 2011
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By: Crystine Stange
Big hit This was a big hit for my family, I only used about a half of a tablespoon of oil though, I think to much more and it would be greasy.
July 31, 2011
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By: mon6424
Modified to taste and it turned out great! I used boneless Chicken breast because I didn't have any drumsticks or thighs in my freezer. I modified the recipe a little bit to make it more authentic. I added cumin, 3 bay leaves, and dried oregano. I thought the frozen vegetable were good, I used them to save time so that I did not have to chop up celery, carrots, and peppers which are traditional for this dish. Overall I really enjoyed this dish.
February 21, 2011
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By: jillybeanz
ok followed the recipe, used drum sticks. it was edible, but not fantastic. the frozen vegetables were not a hit.
February 06, 2011
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By: deeno
Qucik and Delicious I made this for dinner tonight. It was very quick. I made a couple changes. I used bonelss, skinless chicken breasts and browned them in my pan. I did not have an onion or a clove of garlic so I sprinkled garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper on the breasts as they cooked. I followed the rest of the recipe as instructed, adding some dehydrated onions to the tomato sauce and omitting the vegetables. Served with a salad this made a dleicous hearty meal that was very good. Pros: easy, flavorful, low sodium, healthy Cons: none
January 05, 2011
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By: iced2011
Delish I made this recipe last night and chose to use boneless/skinless chicken thighs. I also added in some additional spices (cumin, chili powder) for extra flavor. The next time I make it, I will omit the 2T of oil called for in the recipe. The result was way too much oil. Overall, a great recipe. Tasted like I had slow simmered it all day! Pros: Wonderful flavor Cons: A little bit oily
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