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Arroz con pollo means “rice with chicken.”  It is a traditional dish of Spain.  This recipe speaks more to a Mexican palette, with a salute to Argentina.  The cilantro chimichurri gives this dish an added fresh acidic bite.  One of the benefits of this delicious meal is it only involves one pot.  How wonderful life is when you can bring an exquisite supper to the table with a single pot.  Easy clean up gives me more time with the family.   If only all dishes could be this perfect!

Time-1 hour



4-5 chicken thighs bone-in skin on

4-5 chicken drumsticks skin on

1/4 cup of olive oil for quick marinade

1/4 cup of olive oil for frying

1 tablespoon of adobo seasoning

1/2 onion finely chopped

1/2 red bell pepper, 1/4 julienned (thin strips) 1/4 finely chopped

1/2 green bell pepper, 1/2 julienned (thin strips) 1/4 finely chopped

4 cloves of garlic chopped

2 cups long grain white rice

1 cup white wine

3 cups chicken stock homemade when possible

2 tablespoons of tomato paste

1 cup frozen peas

1 bay leaf

Handful of green onions for garnish

Salt to taste

Ingredients for Chimchurri

1/4 cup cilantro chopped

1/4 cup flat leaf parsley chopped

2 green onions chopped

1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 jalapeño finely chopped

juice of 1 lemon with zest

3 tablespoons of olive oil

salt to taste

Arroz con Pollo preparation

Season chicken with 1/4 cup of olive oil and adobo seasoning.  Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F.  Add olive oil to a Dutch oven style pot.  Set burner to medium-high heat.  Fry chicken in batches to avoid crowding pot.  Fry the chicken skin down for crispy skin.  Set chicken aside when done.


If you have excess oil in pot after frying, turn off heat and ladle out a little so the rice isn’t to greasy.  Return heat to medium-high and sauté chopped onions,  garlic, and the green and red peppers for 2-3 minutes to soften.  Add rice and brown for 3-4 minutes.  Salt to taste.


Add tomato paste for sweetness and color.  Incorporate tomato paste into rice and sauté for 1 minute.  Pour wine into rice and reduce until wine is evaporated.  Pour 3 cups of chicken stock and bring to a boil. Then add frozen peas, julienned peppers and bay leaf.


Place chicken into pot skin up, cover, and bake for 20 minutes.

DSC_0005While chicken and rice are baking make chimichurri.  Place cilantro, parsley, green onions, jalapeño, olive oil, lemon juice, cumin and salt into a bowl.  Set aside as condiment.  After 20 minutes take arroz con pollo out of oven and remove the lid.  Taste rice for seasoning.  Sprinkle chopped green onions into pot.

DSC_0006Ladle fresh cilantro chimichurri over chicken and  serve.  This meal is best enjoyed with a glass of white wine.

Cook’s Note

1.  Adobo seasoning is found in the spice aisle in most supermarkets.  It is a combination of salt, garlic, onion, cumin, turmeric, pepper, chipotle pepper and oregano.

2.  You are not limited to frozen peas.  Any frozen or fresh vegetable medley that you like will work fine in this recipe.  You can also add chopped kale or chard when sautéing your vegetables.

3.  The chicken skin inevitably becomes slightly softened in this dish.  I do not eat the skin I just use it for the flavor it adds.  However, I have seen others devour the soft skin.

4.  If your looking to make this a Spanish arroz con pollo you would add green olives with pimento.   Saffron would also be a classic addition.

5.  I listened to Lila Downs music to get in the right state of mind to cook this meal.

The Author

First off, I'm not a writer. This should be abundantly clear as you read this bio. I'm not a trained Chef either. I'm a Mother, Wife, Registered Nurse and Fraudulent Chef. Why a blog you ask? Well, I don't want to be a line cook, executive Chef, or a restaurant owner. I just want to cook what I want, when I want, and for who I want. Cooking is a creative outlet for me. I don't even consider myself a blogger because I don't blog often. So advertising dollars and web fame is not my motive. Finding the time to cook, write up a recipe, photograph it while maintaining a job and household is challenging. However, it has given me great joy over the years to see people carrying on dishes that I've developed. It's also an online cookbook that I can reflect on. My cooking is an expression of the strong women in my life and inspired dishes from my favorite restaurants. I'm a recipe impostor of dishes from restaurants I love. Furthermore, many of the recipes are spruced up from my childhood. I'm a Mexican-American, native Californian who has spent time in New York and married a first generation Costa Rican. My cooking reflects all of these aspects. Karen's Kitchen is not a Mexican food blog. As much as I'd like to fit into a pretty little red, white and green box. I find it too limiting and reject the notion of creating a Latino point of view because it makes a blog cohesive. So my recipes are all over the place, with no rhyme or reason. Home cooks never apologize for not graduating from culinary school. You will find that my recipes are easy to follow and geared for the home cook. They look amazing and will make you look like a Domestic God/Goddess in front of your loved ones. It's my hope that you find the love for cooking and make some of my recipes your own. Cheers to cooking, eating and surrounding yourself with lovely people.

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