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5 from 1 vote

Pollo con arroz

Delicious, quick-and-easy one-pot weeknight dinner. Gluten-free, dairy-free, low-glycemic. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Servings: 6
Calories: 334kcal


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 slices bacon coarsely chopped/cubed
  • 1.1 lbs chicken thighs boneless, skinless
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 3 bell peppers different colors, cored and de-seeded and cut into small, bite-sized strips
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tsp paprika powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • cups chicken stock
  • ¾ cup Uncle Ben's parboiled rice
  • 1 tsp salt freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 14oz can pinto beans drained, rinsed
  • a squeeze of lemon juice
  • ½ cup green olives pitted & sliced
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • ½ cup fresh parsley


  • Preheat oven to 350F/180C.
  • In a large pot with a heavy bottom, warm olive oil over medium heat and fry the chicken pieces, salting, peppering and cooking them on all sides until they are lightly golden all around (8-10 minutes). Transfer to a large dish or plate and set aside.
  • Cook the bacon and onions in the hot oil in the skillet (sprinkled with a little salt to draw out the onion's juices -- this prevents burning), stirring every 2-3 minutes until the onions are translucent (about 5 minutes). Add garlic and peppers and cook on medium-high for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. With a cooking spoon, scrape off any meaty bits that may have attached to the bottom of the pot.
  • Add bay leaf, paprika, cumin, oregano, rice, tomato paste and stock, and stir gently until all the rice grains are covered in the liquid and the tomato paste is evenly distributed. Add chicken pieces back into the pot, pressing them into the vegetable and rice mixture, but taking care that the rice remains submerged in the cooking liquid.
  • Cover and cook in the oven for 30 minutes. Remove (use pot-holders to handle hot pot and lid) and add olives, peas and parsley. Season to taste with salt, pepper and lemon juice, stirring gently to combine all the flavors. Enjoy!


Nutrition information: Calories per serving: 435; Total Fat 13 g (of which monounsaturated 5 g), sodium 717 mg, potassium 437 mg, total carbohydrate 46 g, fiber 11 g, sugars 9g, protein 37 g.


Serving: 0g | Calories: 334kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 831mg | Potassium: 538mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 50.5% | Vitamin C: 105.3% | Calcium: 4.4% | Iron: 11.5%