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Classic arroz con pollo

9
8
8
SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
Prep
20 min
Cook
1 hr
Serves
8
Difficulty
Easy
There may be as many versions of this traditional recipe as there are cooks! We’ve seasoned ours with jalapeños, cumin, and saffron, and added roasted red peppers and green peas for color and freshness. It’s perfect for casual entertaining or for a family dinner with guaranteed leftovers.

Ingredients

Olive oil

2 tsp

Uncooked boneless skinless chicken thigh(s)

40 oz, 8 (5-ounce thighs)

Table salt

1½ tsp, divided

Black pepper

½ tsp, freshly ground

Uncooked onion(s)

2 medium, chopped

Jalapeño pepper(s)

2 medium, seeded and minced

Garlic clove(s)

2 medium clove(s), chopped

Ground cumin

2 tsp

Canned chicken broth

4 cup(s)

Canned diced tomatoes

14½ oz, drained

Saffron

¼ tsp, threads, crumbled

Uncooked white rice

2 cup(s)

Roasted red peppers (packed in water)

½ cup(s), chopped

Frozen green peas

1 cup(s), petite variety, thawed

Cilantro

8 sprig(s), chopped

Fresh lime(s)

1 medium, cut into 8 wedges

Instructions

  1. To Dutch oven, add onions, jalapeños, garlic, cumin, and remaining 1⁄2 tsp salt; cook, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add broth and cook, scraping up any browned bits in bottom of pan. Add reserved chicken, then add tomatoes and saffron. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, about 10 minutes.
  2. Stir in rice and roasted red peppers. Simmer, covered, stirring once or twice, until chicken is cooked through, rice is tender, and liquid is absorbed, about 30 minutes. Add peas during last 3 minutes of cooking time. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve with lime wedges.
  3. In a Dutch oven over medium heat, warm oil. Sprinkle chicken with 1 tsp salt and black pepper. Add chicken and cook in batches, turning occasionally, until browned, 8 to 10 minutes per batch. Remove chicken and set aside.
  4. Serving size: 1 chicken thigh and 1 cup rice mixture