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Mexican chicken and rice in a cast iron skillet garnished with cilantro and green olives

Arroz Con Pollo, Mexican Chicken and Rice

A one pan Mexican chicken and rice recipe that's big on flavor.
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 495kcal


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 chicken thighs 6-8 thighs, depending on size
  • salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 1 cup smoked ham steak cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 cup sweet onion chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 orange bell pepper chopped
  • 15 1/2 ounce canned tomatoes undrained
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup rice preferably long-grain
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup chopped green olives


  • In a large, deep frying pan, heat the oil over moderately high heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Cook the chicken, turning, until well browned, about 10 minutes in all.
  • Remove chicken to a sheet pan and heat oven to broil.
  • Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the fat from the frying pan.
  • Reduce the heat to moderately low. Add onion and bell peppers to the pan and cook stirring occasionally until tender. About 5 minutes. Add garlic to the pan and cook until fragrant. Add ham and cook for two minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • In the meantime, broil the chicken thighs, skin side up for about 1 - 1 1/2 minutes to further crisp the skin.
  • Add the tomatoes, tomato paste and broth, and bring to a simmer. Stir in the rice and add the chicken thighs, snuggling them into the rice mixture.
  • Simmer, partially covered, over moderately low heat until the chicken and rice are just done, 25-30 minutes. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro and green olives.
  • Serve with lime wedges.


10 min Cook Time: 50 min Servings: Serves : 4 Source: foodandwine.com


Calories: 495kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 128mg | Sodium: 1172mg | Potassium: 815mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1581IU | Vitamin C: 77mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 3mg