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Arroz con Pollo [Rice with Chicken]

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Quick Facts

Servings: 8
Prep Time: 30 min.
Cook Time: 60 min.
Total: 1 hr. 30 min.
A hearty one-pot meal. Leave the spice rub on the chicken overnight to infuse the poultry with flavor.


  • Rice and Chicken8 chicken thighs
  • 3 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 med onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup long-grain rice
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup roasted red pepper, chopped
  • 1 14.5 oz can plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 3/4 cup canned black beans, rinsed
  • 1 15 oz can baby corn, drained
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbs fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup sour cream (garnish)
  • 1 avocado, sliced (garnish)
  • Cilantro sprigs (garnish)
  • Spice Rub1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp cumin, ground
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper, freshly ground


  • Spice RubIn a medium bowl, mix together all of the spices. Add chicken and rub spices into all sides of chicken. Cover and refrigerate overnight or for least 1 hour.
  • Rice and ChickenOver medium heat in heavy 4-quart pot with cover, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil. Sauté chicken, turning frequently, until golden brown on all sides, about 5 minutes. Remove chicken and set aside.
  • Add remaining tablespoon of oil to casserole dish. Mix in onion and garlic; sauté for 3 minutes, or until translucent.
  • Stir in rice and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in chicken broth, roasted peppers, tomatoes with juice, black beans, corn, and salt.
  • Bring to simmer; add chicken back to casserole. Cover and reduce heat to low; cook for 20 minutes.
  • Turn chicken and cook for another 20 minutes, or until juices run clear when thigh is pierced with tip of sharp knife and rice is tender.
  • Add cilantro; transfer to serving dish and garnish with sour cream, cilantro sprigs, and avocado slices. Serve immediately.
Recipe courtesy of the National Chicken Council

Nutrition Facts

Calories 431
  Calories from Fat 220 (51%)
(38%)Total Fat 25g
(32%)Saturated Fat 6g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 13g
(27%)Cholesterol 82mg
(24%)Sodium 583mg
(15%)Potassium 521mg
Total Carbohydrate 31g
(15%)Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 2g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(44%)Protein 22g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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