Arroz con Pollo


Arroz con Pollo was the first Latin meal I ever tried. Many years ago, I was visiting my husband’s family in Panama and was served this simply delicious meal. I tried recreating it when we got home. After many years of tweaking the recipe, and although it may not be made the same way as they make it in Panama, I believe that the end result is perfection! Allowing the chicken to braise in its own juices for an hour tenderizes it and adds tons of flavor. I hope you’ll give it a go…

Arroz con Pollo
2 chicken legs quarters
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
fresh ground pepper
1/2 red onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
14 1/2 oz can diced tomatoes
8 oz can tomato sauce
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup rice
8 oz can sweet peas
4 eggs (optional)

Season the chicken with paprika, salt & pepper. Heat a deep skillet on medium-high heat. Add the olive oil, onion, garlic and saute for one minute. Place the chicken in the skillet and brown on the first side for a few minutes. Turn chicken over and brown on the other side. Reducing heat so as not to burn the onions. Put a lid on the chicken in the skillet and lower the heat to low. Braise chicken in its own juices for one hour. Then shred the cooked chicken and remove all the bones. Using a blender, blend the diced tomatoes and their juices. Add into the shredded chicken in the skillet. Also pour in the tomato sauce and the chicken broth. Add the rice and  3/4 teaspoon additional salt and some fresh ground pepper. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Put the lid back on and simmer for 30 minutes until rice has been absorbed and is tender. Drain the peas and add to the skillet. Stir to combine. At this time fry the eggs (if using). Serve the fried eggs on top of the Arroz con Pollo with a side of Maduros (of course!!) Enjoy…



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25 thoughts on “Arroz con Pollo

    1. I had to secretly watch my mother-in-law make this multiple times to get it the first time! She didn’t want to share her recipe with me…but I think that mine is actually much better 🙂 (not being too proud am I??! lol)

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  1. Like I said.. I am a.. er.. glutton… for punishment.. I even started following you, so that I could torture myself looking at this pics.. Hungry again 😦 in the middle of the night!!! waaaaah!!!!

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      1. Oh dear.. us two oldies.. pity… why couldn’t you be that beautiful young girl who.. er.. wait.. my wife is around.. and she has got a sixth sense about these things, even when she is sleeping… so better not type the rest

        Hey, good to meet you.. I love your blog.. and truth to tell, my wife would love it even better.. but this is the first time I have gone to a food blog.. I am never going to hear the end of it from my wife.. because I have been criticising her for years about her obsession with food blogs 😦

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      2. Please share our blog with your wife!! I am new to this – my sister and I just started food blogging in March – it’s so much fun and there are so many very great people out here in this blogsphere! (you included of course!) 🙂

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      3. ah, for a moment there I was offended.. how dare you forget the hungry glutton!!!

        😀 I started blogging only two months ago.. and a fair amount of drama following that etc. hehe…

        Yes, she would love your blog, for sure.. she has been doing it for years.. trust me, I hate her 😀 she always makes me hungry every time she sits on this comp.. every food image kills me.. and I rage, rage until the “dying of the light” and I still won’t rest easy, I assure you… leave burgers at my grave, ye people who offend me hahaha
        You are such a nice person, thank you. You will do, you will do 🙂

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