Arroz con pollo (Colombian chicken with rice)

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 12
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 152.7
  • Total Fat: 2.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 35.7 mg
  • Sodium: 805.3 mg
  • Total Carbs: 20.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.5 g
  • Protein: 12.0 g

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A pilaf that is nutritious, savory, easy, & soooo good. I grew up in Colombia, & this tastes like home to me. My Colombian husband & our Colombian friends love it too! A pilaf that is nutritious, savory, easy, & soooo good. I grew up in Colombia, & this tastes like home to me. My Colombian husband & our Colombian friends love it too!
Number of Servings: 12


    1/2 large chicken breast, bone and skin removed
    6 chicken thighs, bone and skin removed
    2 large carrots
    2 jalapeno peppers
    3 green onions
    1 c. frozen peas
    1 1/2 c. long grain white rice
    2 1/2 t. salt
    1 1/2 T. ground cumin
    2 t. ground turmeric
    1/4 t. cayenne pepper
    generous shake black pepper
    3 1/4 c. chicken broth


Boil the chicken pieces for about 30 minutes while you prepare the remaining ingredients. Use plenty of water, as you'll later use the resulting broth as the main liquid for cooking the pilaf.

Chop the carrots and onions; dice the jalapenos & remove most of the seeds (depends on how much spiciness you like--mine is spicier than the way this dish is made in Colombia). Put veggies & rice, along with the peas & seasonings, into a Dutch oven or another large pot with a tightly fitting lid.

Cut up the chicken pieces into largeish chunks & add to pot. Measure broth, add, & stir everything together. Cover, bring to boiling, turn heat to low & cook (without peeking!) for 25-30 minutes.

At the table I like to add a bit of good Mexican salsa to my own serving, but many Colombians like a dash of ketchup on their arroz con pollo.

About 12 servings.

Number of Servings: 12

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user RUTHXG.

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  • this is a great way to start your week. i should post a picture because all my friends absolutely loved it!! - 7/24/11

    Reply from RUTHXG (7/24/11)
    I'd welcome a picture! Glad you all liked it!

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  • where does the rice come in?? - 4/27/11

    Reply from RUTHXG (5/5/11)
    Oops, I can't believe I left it off! Rice just goes into the pot with everything else--broth + veggies + spices.

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  • This is how we make it too, my ancestors are Spanish and Mexican. We don't add carrots and I usually only use chicken breast, but my mom likes to use thighs as well. Good recipe. - 3/23/11

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  • this sounds wonderful. i will definitely have to try it and surprise my colombian husband with some of his own food! when i want colombian food, he normally has to cook it for me, but i'm glad to see some colombian inspired recipes here. he tends to handle more heat than most colombians i know! - 4/14/09

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    i loveeddd it i am also from colombia and we make this all the time at home!!!! - 2/26/08

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