Arroz con Pollo Recipe

Cilantro, garlic, and lime juice make a great team!

This rice dish has chicken, cliantro, garlic, and lime juice—their flavors are the foundation for this South American-inspired recipe. Round out your meal with fried saba or grilled vegetables.

Arroz con Pollo Recipe

Aileen Anastacio
Cilantro, garlic, and lime juice make a great team!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine South American
Servings 4


Arroz con Pollo Ingredients

  • 1 Cup cilantro (wansoy) (leaves), chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 1 clove Garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 7 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • Salt to season
  • 4 Chicken use boneless chicken thighs
  • 1/3 Cup white onion
  • 2 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1/4 Cup celery minced
  • 1 1/2 cups jasmine rice uncooked
  • 1/2 Cup canned kidney beans drained
  • 3 1/4 cups chicken stock


  • Place cilantro, garlic, lime juice, and 4 tablespoons olive oil in a food processor. Blend until smooth then transfer to a bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Place chicken in a separate bowl. Pour 1/4 cup of the cilantro mixture over the chicken and mix. Marinate for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a heavy-bottomed casserole or Dutch oven. When almost smoking, sear chicken, skin side down. Cook until skin is browned, about 2 minutes. Turn over and cook for 2 more minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate and set aside.
  • Heat remaining oil in the same pan. Sauté onions, garlic, and celery over medium-low heat for 3 to 4 minutes, or just until tender but not brown.
  • Add rice and sauté until grains are coated well with oil and vegetables. Add beans and mix well.
  • Add chicken stock and remaining cilantro mixture; mix well. Let rice boil over medium heat then reduce heat to low. Cover with a lid and allow to simmer gently until almost dry, about 20 minutes.
  • Lay chicken on top of rice, cover, and cook for another 6 to 8 minutes. Turn off heat and allow rice to settle for 5 to 8 minutes.
  • Spoon rice onto a plate and top with chicken. Garnish with cilantro leaves.
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