Average: 4.7 (3 votes)
Active time
5 minutes
Total time
1 hour
4 servings
Serving Size
1/4 recipe

2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

1 pound boneless skinless chicken pieces (breast or thighs, whichever you prefer)

1 cup long-grain brown rice

½ cup sofrito

½ teaspoon ground cumin

¼ cup pitted olives, quartered

4 oz tomato sauce (unsalted)

Salt and black pepper to taste

2 tablespoons fresh thyme

  1. In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat.
  2. Brown chicken on each side for approximately 5 minutes, then remove and set aside.
  3. Stir in the sofrito, cumin, olives and tomato sauce and cook for 4 minutes at low heat. Stir in the rice and chicken and mix well, then add 2 cups of water and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 45 minutes, covered, until internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F.
  5. Taste and adjust seasoning, then garnish with fresh thyme.

An Oldways recipe


Calories: 410
Total Fat: 13g
Saturated Fat: 2g
Sodium: 320mg
Carbohydrate: 41g
Fiber: 3g
Protein: 30g

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 1/4 recipe

How'd it Taste?

Jose Rivera
I have not made it but looking at the pic and the ingredients, I know I will. I just wanted to comment that is maybe a variation but it is not Puerto Rican style Arroz con Pollo. This is more like an Asopao (soup like) de Pollo. It is too wet. Puerto Rican style of cooking rice is more dry and firm. Not sticky, either. Here is a an example of Arroz con Pollo, PR style... however, each home will have its own version. Note water to rice ratio. Ingredients 3 1/2 lbs chicken, cut in pieces 3 cups long-grain rice 3 1/2 cups water 1/2 cup basic sofrito (1/4 onion, green pepper, chopped and 3 mashed garlic cloves) 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 2 tablespoons alcaparrado (olives and capers) 1 teaspon culantro and annatto season 2 oz tomato sauce 2 tablespoons oil (to stir-fry the chicken) Salt and black pepper to taste Oh, I need to add to I am Puerto Rican 100% born and raised there and ate rice every day while growing in PR. I now live in the mainland (USA) and eat rice at least once or twice a week.
Thanks for sharing your family's Arroz con Pollo recipe with us, Jose! It sounds amazing.
Ashley Carrillo
My mom makes this recipe and it's always sooo delicious! Good dish!!

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