I’ve been eating “Arroz con Pollo” since I can remember; This dish is a classic of Latin America cuisine and has many versions. Even every family has their own way of cooking it. For example, in my family we cook it with chicken breasts cut into small pieces instead of bone-in chicken. This is just a personal preference.
I love this recipe because it is very easy to make and very convenient to eat also. If you think about it, all the yummy ingredients are already mixed and ready to go in your mouth; the chicken, the rice, all the veggies and the seasonings are perfectly married together by the time you sit down to eat. As you well know I am a mother of two little ones so in my house convenience is always the key to happiness.
Not to mention that in one bowl you can have a complete balanced meal. You have protein, carbs, and veggies; 3 in 1. My daughter Andrea is always watching what she eats but every time I make “Arroz con Pollo” she can never have enough.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I have my entire life!!!
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup onion finely chopped
- 1 cup green pepper chopped into small cubes
- 1 cup red pepper chopped into small cubes
- 3 cloves garlic finely chopped
- 1/4 cup green onion finely chopped
- 3 pieces chicken breasts boneless and cut into small
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 1/2 cup rice
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 1 teaspoon of saffron
- 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables (corn carrots and green beans), unfrozen
In a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Saute onion, peppers, garlic and green onion for 3-5 minutes or until onion is translucent. Remove from pan and reserve.
Season the chicken with salt and pepper to taste.
In the same skillet, cook the chicken for 8 to 10 minutes or until chicken is lightly browned. Remove from the pan and reserve.
In the same pan, add the rice and toast for 1 minutes, stirring constantly.
Add chicken broth, onion mixture, chicken, saffron and mix well.
When the saffron is well blended add the vegetables. Mix and let cooking over medium-high heat until most of the liquid has evaporated.
When the liquid has evaporated cover, reduce heat to low and cook for 15-20 minutes or until rice is tender.