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


  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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