Arroz con pollo: Rice with chicken Latin American style with recaito, carrots, peas and onions. |
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Arroz con Pollo

This is a true Latin American comfort food.  My Panamanian style arroz con pollo is a very easy recipe to make with chicken breast, garlic, recaito, onions, peas and carrots.  This recipe comes together very quickly if you do not have much time for a weeknight meal. 

Course Main dish
Cuisine Latin American
Keyword great leftovers, Panama recipes, Puerto rican dishes, Spanish rice and chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings: Change to adjust-> 8 servings
Calories 145 kcal


For the rice:

  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 3/4 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

For the chicken:

  • 1 chicken breast
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 carrots shredded
  • 1 onion small, diced
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 2 Tbsp recaito 1 "cube" homemade or 2 Goya recaito
  • 1/4 cup peas
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder


  1. To prepare the rice: In a sauce pan on medium heat place 3/4 Tbsp. of olive oil and rice and stir. Add the water and salt. Bring to a boil. Turn heat down to medium, cover. Cook for about 20 minutes. Remove cover and fluff. Leave uncovered until ready to use.
  2. While the rice is cooking: In a small dish, mix together salt, pepper, oregano and garlic powder. Sprinkle over chicken. Allow chicken to absorb the seasonings for about 1 hour. In a skillet on medium heat saute the chicken until brown on both sides. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes on low. Remove chicken from skillet and using a sharp knife dice on a cutting board.
  3. Wipe skillet clean and place 1 Tbsp. olive oil, diced shredded carrots, recaito and onion. Cook until onions are translucent. Add the chicken and toss until well blended.
  4. Add the rice and blend thoroughly. Add the peas right before serving.

Recipe Notes

Top tips for perfect arroz con pollo

  1. Long grain rice will produce a fluffy texture.
  2. Use a roaster chicken shredded or chicken breast.
  3. Get creative with the veggies, every house and country makes the dish differently. 
Nutrition Facts
Arroz con Pollo
Amount Per Serving
Calories 145 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Cholesterol 9mg3%
Sodium 296mg13%
Potassium 158mg5%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 2590IU52%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.