Looking for an easy and filling one-pot meal that your family will love? Try this easy Arroz con Pollo recipe — a family favorite from my friend Alex. I bet you’ll love this flavorful chicken and rice recipe as much as we do.
When my friend, Alex, invites you over for dinner, you never say no. She’s one of the best cooks I know — from appetizer all the way to dessert.
Years ago, Alex shared her mom’s Arroz con Pollo recipe with me. Since then, it’s become a mealtime staple at our house, especially when I’m looking for something simple, yet flavorful and easy. And my husband, who is in charge of the dishes, loves that he has only one pan to wash.
I love it because I don’t have to babysit this dinner. Just a little prep work, and then I can sit down and relax or work on a fun craft project while dinner’s cooking.
And you’ve got most of the food pyramid covered — vegetables, grains, protein — when you make this arroz con pollo recipe.
Who knew chicken and rice could be so yummy?
And while this isn’t one of our family recipes, it is a family recipe, and that makes it even more special. Alex’s mom, who who was a ballerina with Ballet Russes during the 1940s and 1950s, passed it along to her daughter, and she kindly shared it with me.
And now you can make it for your family, too.
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts dredged in flour, seasoned with salt and pepper
- 3 Tablespoons olive oil
- 3 cups chicken stock or broth
- 2 medium onions thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley chopped
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 cup uncooked rice
- 3 tomatoes cut into wedges
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 1/2 cups frozen peas
Dredge the chicken breasts in flour, seasoned with salt and pepper.
Heat olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Brown floured chicken on both sides.
Add all the other ingredients to the pan, except the peas. Stir to combine. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 40 to 45 minutes, stirring occasionally until rice and chicken are tender and most of the cooking liquid has been absorbed.
Stir in the peas and cook until just heated through.
This is a pretty hearty meal, and you should be able to get between four and six servings out of it, depending on how hungry your family is.
With just the three of us, we always have enough leftovers for lunch or dinner the next night. So that’s a bonus for me! One less meal to cook.
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