Arroz Con Pollo (Easy Cuban Recipe)


Arroz Con Pollo

Been in Cuba two summers ago visiting an aunt.. I can tell you Arroz con Pollo dish is extremely popular in Cuba.. It's an easy to make recipe and it's a traditional cuban dish that is passed on by generations. Arroz Con Pollo basically means Rice with chicken..

The rice is slowly cooked with chicken which allows the it to be very tender it becomes very fluffy soaking up all the juices from the chicken. 

The base recipe is always the same but cubans love to improvise on this dish with a variety of vegetables and accompanied meats. A great versatile dish that can be served on any occasion.

Arroz Con Pollo Recipe Ingredients

Cookware Needed For This Recipe

Ingredients For This Recipe
  • 4 Chicken Thighs
  • 2 Cups of Long Grain Rice (Washed).  
  • 3 1/2 Cups Of Chicken Stock
  • 1/2 Cup of Canned Tomato Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil        
  • 2 Cloves of Chopped Garlic
  • 1/3 Cup of Chopped Onions
  • 1/3 Cup of Fresh chopped Parsley
  • Pinch Of Dry Oregano 
  • Pinch Of Cumin Powder
  • 3 Pinches of Salt
  • 1/2 A Cup of Chopped baby carrots
  • 1/2 A Cup of green peas
  • 1/3 Cup Of Chopped Broccoli
  • (Can use other Vegetable to your desire like red bell peppers, corn..etc).  

How To Make This Arroz Con Pollo Recipe

Note: The skillet used in the pictures below is a medium size skillet and it still came out great.. However I suggest you use a bigger skillet if the recipe requires 2 people or more.

1. The first thing you want to do is wash the rice.. Then put two tablespoons of olive oil in the skillet or pot and turn on the heat to high.. 

2. Sauté the chicken thigh for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until well seared and the skin becomes golden. Some people like to sauté the chicken a little longer making the skin of the chicken thigh a little more crusty.. Will leave that up to you. 

Seared Chicken

3. Once the chicken is seared take out the chicken thighs and let rest in a plate until later. Now pour the garlic and onions in the same oil in the skillet to sear for about 2 minutes. The aroma will be very inviting..

4. When the onions and the garlic is seared pour in the chicken stock and canned tomato sauce and bring to a boil. Then add the washed rice, chicken thighs and mixed vegetables.. In this recipe I added chopped broccoli, green peas, and baby carrots. Add a pinch of Cumin powder, dry oregano, and the fresh chopped parsley with 2 or 3 pinches of salt then stir slowly to mix all the ingredients.


5. Now here comes an important step.. Once you added all your ingredients put the heat to medium or just below medium, put the lid on the pan and let rice and chicken slow cook for 45 minutes. Do not touch it.

slow cooking rice

6. After 45 minutes take it out of the stove top and let it settle for 5 to 10 minutes so all the juices blend together.. Pick up the lid after settling and it should look like this.. Now it's ready to plate. Enjoy your Cuban style Arroz Con Pollo!


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