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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.

Course Main Course Chicken
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Chicken Thighs, rice
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 495 kcal


  • 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


  1. 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.

  2. Remove chicken to a sheet pan and heat oven to broil.

  3. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the fat from the frying pan.

  4. 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.

  5. In the meantime, broil the chicken thighs, skin side up for about 1 - 1 1/2 minutes to further crisp the skin.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Serve with lime wedges.

Recipe Notes

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

Nutrition Facts
Arroz Con Pollo, Mexican Chicken and Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 495 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 128mg43%
Sodium 1172mg51%
Potassium 815mg23%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 1581IU32%
Vitamin C 77mg93%
Calcium 58mg6%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.