Puerto Rican Chicken and Rice Recipe

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Love Puerto Rican Dishes? Puerto Rican chicken and rice, dubbed Arroz con pollo, is an amazing one pot dish that you can make for dinner tonight. Tender, succulent chicken is layered on flavorful rice tossed with some veggies and lots of seasonings, turning into one of the most delicious rice dishes you’ll have ever tried.

If you love this recipe you’ll also like our Instant Pot Arroz Con Pollo recipe.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

My favorite part about this absolutely delicious dish is the fact that it can be a great hearty meal to serve the entire family.

I also have the flexibility to tweak the recipe based on what I have in my kitchen at the moment, and I’m always down for that.

This is a great recipe to make on the weekend, when you’re looking to put a nice, comforting rice recipe together in your kitchen.

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Recipe Ingredients

To make the Puerto Rican chicken and rice, you’ll need a few sets of ingredients.

Chicken Thighs

  • Chicken Thighs: They are the star of the dish, bringing in a rich, deep flavor and tender texture.
  • Salt: Enhances the natural flavors of the chicken.
  • Adobo Seasoning: A blend of spices that adds a robust, savory flavor to the chicken.
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Adobo Seasoning

  • Cumin, Smoked Paprika, Chili Powder, Cayenne Powder: These spices combine to give the adobo seasoning its characteristic smoky, spicy kick.
  • Onion Powder, Garlic Powder: Add a savory depth to the seasoning.
  • Coriander: Brings a citrusy, slightly sweet note to the mix.
  • Salt, Black Pepper: Enhance the flavors of the other spices and add a bit of heat.
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One Pot Rice

  • Canola or Olive Oil: Used for sautéing the vegetables and spices, adding a rich base to the dish.
  • Minced Garlic, Medium Onion: Provide a savory, aromatic base for the rice.
  • Coriander, Cumin, Turmeric, Garlic Powder, Oregano: A blend of spices that infuse the rice with a warm, earthy flavor.
  • Bell Pepper, Jalapeno: Add a sweet and spicy crunch to the rice.
  • Tomato Sauce: Gives the rice a tangy sweetness and a vibrant color.
  • Fresh Cilantro: Adds a fresh, herbaceous note that balances the rich flavors.
  • Uncooked Long Grain Rice: Absorbs all the flavors and provides a fluffy, filling base for the dish.
  • Frozen Peas, Green Olives: Add a pop of color and a briny, sweet contrast to the dish.
  • Chicken Stock: Infuses the rice with a deep, savory flavor and helps it cook to the perfect texture.
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How To Make Puerto Rican Chicken And Rice?

Once you have your ingredients ready, here’s what you’ll need to do to make the Arroz con pollo.

Step One: Prepare The Adobo Seasoning

Add all of the ingredients in a large bowl and whisk to combine. Set to the side.

Step Two: Season The Chicken Thighs

Wash, and pat dry the chicken thighs. Rub both sides with a generous amount of the adobo spice blend.

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Step Three: Cook The Chicken

Place the chicken in a cast iron pan or Dutch oven. Cook the chicken for about 5 minutes on each side.

Step Four: Remove And Set Aside

Remove from the pan / Dutch oven and set aside.

Step Five: Add Veggies And Whole Spices

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees F. Add the olive oil and onions, bell pepper , garlic , bay leaf, cilantro and cumin.

Step Six: Sauté And Add Tomato Sauce and Rice

Sauté over medium high heat until soft for 2-3 minutes. Now add the tomato sauce and rice to the peppers and onion mixture and gently mix to combine.

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Step Seven: Add Peas And Jalapenos

Now add the frozen peas, jalapenos, and toss to combine.

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Step Eight: Add Chicken On The Cooked Rice

Place the chicken on top of the rice mixture and add the chicken broth.

Step Nine: Bake Until Done

Place it in the oven and cook for 30- 35 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked. Allow the chicken to cool for 10 minutes then serve.

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Step Ten: Garnish And Serve

Garnish with the fresh cilantro.

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Cooking Tips

Before you jump in and give the Arroz con pollo recipe a try, here are some tips and tricks you might want to take note of.

  • While this recipe calls for the use of skinless chicken thighs, if you don’t have them, you can use chicken breasts as an alternative. In fact, you can also separate boneless chicken pieces from a whole chicken and use it for this recipe.
  • Remember to use long grained white rice for this recipe- it will lend the best texture and flavor to the Puerto Rican rice.
  • While green peas are a great choice, you can also use pigeon peas as an alternative. Pigeon peas are super nutritious and taste absolutely fantastic when added into
  • Traditionally, Puerto Rican chicken makes use of Achiote oil, but if you don’t have it, you can use any other cooking oil of your choice.
  • Apart from all the veggies that made it into this rice dish, you can also add some chopped red bell pepper, green bell peppers and even pimiento stuffed Spanish olives.
  • If you love that characteristic crispy rice on the bottom, make sure you allow dish to cook well in the oven.
  • You can easily make the Adobo seasoning in advance, but if you really don’t have the time, you can also make do with some store bought Sazon seasoning instead.
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Storage Instructions

  • Store: You can store your leftover Arroz Con Pollo for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. Just transfer everything carefully into a clean airtight container and you’re good to go.
  • Reheat: This recipe is actually great for meal prep too! When reheating, make sure to thoroughly heat the Arroz Con Pollo to ensure food safety. You can use a microwave, stovetop, or oven, depending on your preference. Add a splash of broth or water to the rice if it becomes dry during reheating.
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What To Serve With This Recipe?

  • Maduros (Sweet Fried Plantains): If you prefer something sweet, maduros are ripe plantains that are fried until caramelized. They offer a sweet and tender balance to the savory chicken and rice.
  • Avocado Salad: A simple salad with sliced avocados, tomatoes, red onions, and cilantro dressed with olive oil and lime juice can add freshness and a creamy texture to the meal.
  • Gandules (Pigeon Peas): A common side dish in Puerto Rican cuisine, gandules are often cooked with rice and can be served alongside your chicken and rice dish for added protein and flavor.
  • Ensalada de Papa (Potato Salad): A traditional Puerto Rican potato salad often includes potatoes, hard-boiled eggs, mayonnaise, mustard, and sometimes olives.
  • Aguacate Relleno (Stuffed Avocado): Half an avocado filled with a mixture of tomatoes, onions, and cilantro can serve as a tasty and nutritious side dish.
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Puerto Rican Chicken and Rice Recipe

Yield: 5
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Puerto Rican chicken and rice, dubbed Arroz con pollo, is an amazing one pot dish that you can make for dinner tonight.

Tender, succulent chicken is layered on flavorful rice tossed with some veggies and lots of seasonings, turning into one of the most delicious rice dishes you'll have ever tried.

Ingredients

  • 4-5 chicken thighs
  • 11⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 Tablespoons Adobo seasoning
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1⁄2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1⁄2 tsp Cayenne Powder
  • 1⁄2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1⁄2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1⁄2 tsp Coriander
  • 1⁄2 tsp Salt
  • 1⁄2 tsp Black Pepper
  • One Pot Rice
  • 1⁄4 cup canola oil or olive oil
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1⁄2 medium onion
  • 1⁄2 tsp Coriander
  • 1⁄2 tsp Cumin
  • 1⁄2 tsp Turmeric
  • 1⁄2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1⁄2 tsp Oregano
  • 1 large bell pepper sliced
  • 1 Jalapeno, diced
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Fresh cilantro
  • 2 cups uncooked long grain rice
  • 1 cup frozen Peas
  • 1 cup pitted green olives
  • 4 cups chicken stock

Instructions

How to Make the Puerto Rican Chicken and Rice

Once you have your ingredients ready, here's what you'll need to do to make the Arroz con pollo.

Step 1: Prepare the Adobo Seasoning

Add all of the ingredients in a large bowl and whisk to combine. Set to the side.

Step 2: Season the Chicken Thighs

Wash and pat dry the chicken thighs. Rub both sides with a generous amount of the adobo spice blend.

Step 3: Cook the Chicken

Place the chicken in a cast iron pan or Dutch oven. Cook the chicken for about 5 minutes on each side.

Step 4: Remove and Set Aside

Remove from the pan / Dutch oven and set aside.

Step 5: Add Veggies and Whole Spices

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees F. Add the olive oil and onions, bell pepper , garlic , bay leaf, cilantro and cumin.

Step 6: Sauté and Add Tomato Sauce and Rice

Sauté over medium high heat until soft for 2-3 minutes. Now add the tomato sauce and rice to the peppers and onion mixture and gently mix to combine.

Step 7: Add Peas and Jalapenos

Now add the frozen peas, jalapenos, and toss to combine.

Step 8: Add Chicken on the Cooked Rice

Place the chicken on top of the rice mixture and add the chicken broth.

Step 9: Bake Until Done

Place it in the oven and cook for 30- 35 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked. Allow the chicken to cool for 10 minutes then serve.

Step 10: Garnish and Serve

Garnish with the fresh cilantro.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 721Total Fat: 42gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 33gCholesterol: 172mgSodium: 2344mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 5gSugar: 7gProtein: 41g

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