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Monday's Leftovers: Arroz con Pollo

Monday's Leftovers: Arroz con Pollo

The meal known as arroz con pollo is popular around the world. With tender chicken, tomato-tinged vegetables, and savory rice, it happens to be well-balanced and delectable,

While the name may sound sophisticated, all you really need are some leftover chicken breasts and thighs, combined with other staples that you likely have on hand. To learn how easy it is to make this Latin favorite,


Arroz con Pollo

Arroz con Pollo

Arroz con Pollo


  1. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  2. 4 chicken thighs
  3. 4 chicken drumsticks
  4. 2 teaspoons salt
  5. 1/2 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
  6. 2 ounces smoked ham, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  7. 1 small onion, chopped
  8. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  9. 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  10. 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  11. 1 3/4 cups canned tomatoes, drained and chopped
  12. 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  13. 2 cups canned low-sodium chicken broth or homemade stock
  14. 1 cup rice, preferably long-grain
  15. 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  1. In a large, deep frying pan, heat the oil over moderately high heat. Season the chicken with 1/4 teaspoon each of the salt and pepper. Cook the chicken, turning, until well browned, about 8 minutes in all. Remove. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the fat from the pan.
  2. Reduce the heat to moderately low. Add the ham, onion, and garlic to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion starts to soften, about 2 minutes. Add the bell peppers and cook, stirring occasionally, until they start to soften, about 3 minutes longer.
  3. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, broth, and the remaining 1 3/4 teaspoons salt and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper and bring to a simmer. Stir in the rice and add the chicken in an even layer. Simmer, partially covered, over moderately low heat until the chicken and rice are just done, 20 to 25 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley.

Serves 4.

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Cris1192 Cris1192 8 years
they alwas cook that in my house
geebers geebers 8 years
This is the dish I miss most since going vegetarian. I need to make a non-chicken version and substitute beans. Won't be the same but it is something!
booglass booglass 8 years
Such a good food. Actually, one of my fav comfort foods that always makes me feel better and remember my abuela.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
another chicken dish that must be made :) Haven't had arroz con pollo spanish style before.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
it's interesting - when you hear a dish with a 'non-english' name - you think that it has to be complex and complicated and with this one, it's really not that bad. i've made it before, although not for myself since i don't eat meat - but i know that it doesn't take that much to prepare. the picture that you have here though makes me remember how much my man liked it so maybe i'll put it back on the menu one of these weeks.
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