Arroz Con Pollo

This weeknight Arroz Con Pollo Recipe is adapted from the 8×8 Cookbook – Goes from oven to table for a great dinner!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Keyword arroz con pollo
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 570kcal


  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1.5 lbs chicken thighs and/or drumsticks I used bone-in, skin-on
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 cup beer such as a pilsner
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup canned tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • Pinch saffron
  • 1 cup short-grain rice


  • Heat the oven to 375°F.
  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the chicken with the 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper. Brown the chicken on both sides, then transfer the chicken to a plate.
  • Add the onion, bell pepper, garlic, and cumin to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, bring the beer, chicken broth, tomato sauce, salt, and 1 cup of water to a simmer.
  • Stir a good pinch of saffron into the vegetable mixture and cook for another minute. Add the rice and stir until all of the rice is coated in oil. Transfer the rice mixture to an 8×8-inch glass or ceramic baking dish, spreading it in an even layer. Carefully pour the broth mixture over the rice. Arrange the chicken on top. Cover the dish tightly with foil.
  • Bake, covered, for 30 minutes. Taste the rice for doneness, and check that the chicken is at least 180F inside—set the dish back in the oven for a few more minutes if necessary. Enjoy!


Calories: 570kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 141mg | Sodium: 1158mg | Potassium: 624mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 245IU | Vitamin C: 5.4mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 2.7mg