Arroz con Pollo - Yellow Rice and Chicken Recipe

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Spanish, Cuban, South American - a traditional and popular ethnic dish, this ranks among my all time favorites and is comfort food at its best! Most often accompanied by black beans (see link) and green peas. Rice takes on a yellow cast from that most expensive of all herbs - saffron. My mom-in-law used a flavoring packet called Vigo which contains paprika, MSG, food dyes and saffron. If saffron isn't available, sub a pinch of paprika, turmeric, a tablespoon of tomato paste, whatever ~ or just season to taste and enjoy!

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Servings: 8


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  1. Heat oil in large skillet on medium. Add chicken and cook turning occasionally until golden brown on all sides; continue in batches removing chicken to platter til all is browned.
  2. In same oil (add more oil if needed or add some butter) saute onions 2 minutes, then add peppers and garlic and cook 2 additional minutes.
  3. Transfer to a 5 or 6 quart kettle; add tomatoes, water, bay leaf, salt and saffron .
  4. Stir well then add browned chicken. Cover, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 25 minutes. Add rice, stir, then cover and simmer 25 minutes or until rice is done and water mostly absorbed.
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 213g
Recipe makes 8 servings
Calories 306  
Calories from Fat 85 28%
Total Fat 9.67g 12%
Saturated Fat 0.83g 3%
Trans Fat 0.04g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 773mg 32%
Potassium 215mg 6%
Total Carbs 48.24g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1.8g 6%
Sugars 0.97g 1%
Protein 5.58g 9%



  • Salad Foodie
    April 18, 2018
    For a pot luck I subbed boneless skinless chicken thighs cut in large chunks about 2" square. Then in Step 4 I added the lightly browned chicken and simmered covered just 10 minutes instead of 25 because the chicken pieces are smaller and have no bones. Then I added rice and simmered covered for the 25 minutes needed to complete cooking of chicken and have rice absorb all liquid.
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