Arroz con Pollo (Rice with Chicken)

February 15, 2009 | Filed Under Ecuadorian Recipes, Poultry, Rice 

We all know that there are different variations of Arroz con Pollo (Rice with Chicken) and depending on the country or region, it is made a little differently.  

Ever since I discovered this particular rice recipe below, I’ve been making it at least once a week.  Each time, my rice becomes better and better.  I HEART it.  Actually, I PUFFY HEART it.  This Ecuadorian-style rice with chicken recipe has become my favorite rice recipe.   When I first saw it, some of its ingredients, like beer or wine, intrigued me.  Rice cooked with beer or wine?  I used the wine and found that worked really well.  The rice had an extra special taste. 

I enjoyed everything in the rice — the seasoned chicken, the carrots, the tomatoes….  Thankfully, I didn’t have much trouble with the amount of water in relation to the amount of rice.  Normally when I make these chicken rice dishes (see my jollof rice), I usually end up with too much water or too little water, making my rice soggy or dry.  Uggh!  Fortunately my rice turned out very well with this recipe and the more I made it, the better it turned out.

As suggested, I served the chicken rice with ripe fried plantains and pickled onions.  Other times, I served it with a side salad, avocado slices and aji criollo (Ecuadorian hot sauce).  It depended on what I had in the kitchen.

When one of my brothers stops by and I prepare this rice, he makes sure to take some home in some tupperware.  The boy never brings back the tupperware.   *sigh*

Now.  I have a confession about the Arroz con Pollo photo above.  While I’ve made rice and chicken several times, in this particular instance, you are looking at rice with turkey wings (the only part of the turkey that I like).  I can happily write that the rice with turkey turned out just fine.  The photo is of my leftovers, which I took to work the next day.  Thanks, Laylita for the recipe.

Paz (the riceaholic)


Arroz con Pollo (Rice with Chicken)

Laylita’s Recipes



3 lbs chicken, assorted pieces

1 tbs achiote powder

1 tbs ground cumin

½ tbs ground coriander

10 garlic cloves, crushed


2-3 tbs oil or butter1 white onion, diced, about 2 cups

2 celery stalks, finely diced

4 roma tomatoes, peeled and diced

1 bell pepper, diced

1 cup beer or white wine

1 to 1 ½ cup water or broth

2 cups rice

2 medium carrots, diced

1 cup peas, fresh or frozen

3 tbs finely chopped cilantro

Salt and pepper


Sides – ripe fried plantains, pickled onions or side salad, avocado slices and aji criollo



  1. Mix the crushed garlic, achiote, cumin, coriander and salt together.
  2. Rub the garlic seasoning on the chicken pieces.
  3. Heat the oil or butter on medium high heat in large sauté pan, add the chicken pieces (skin side down) and cook until browned on each side.
  4. Add the diced onions, tomatoes, bell pepper, and celery, mix well and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add 1 cup of beer or white wine, cook for about 20-25 minutes over medium heat until the liquid is reduced by half, stir frequently.
  6. Add the broth or water, rice, peas and carrots, mix well.
  7. Cover and cook over medium heat for about 20 minutes.
  8. Reduce the heat to low and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes or until the rice is tender but still slightly firm.
  9. Stir in the chopped cilantro and serve with ripe fried plantains, a small salad, pickled onions, avocado slices, and hot sauce on the side.










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21 Responses to “Arroz con Pollo (Rice with Chicken)”

  1. That sounds good, even to someone who is not a big rice fan. That’s a LOT of meat, though. Will have to contemplate what to do with leftovers if I try it.

    I’m allergic to garlic and beer/wine, but I can add extra onions and I’ve found that orange juice works well as a substitute for wine in poultry recipes.

    We had cilantro this week, on a pseudo-Indian tomato sauce. I thought of you.


  2. You may want to switch to using empty yogurt tubs instead of tupperware 😉 The photo looks totally tempting.

  3. we use empty yogurt/whipped cream tubs also, this dish looks like great comfort food!

  4. I agree, what a yummy looking photo! I might be a rice-a-holic too!

  5. wow, i love this dish… looks so delicious… :)

  6. I HEART Paz 😀 everything you just bring us the most amasing but easy-to-do dish!

  7. Laylita has great recipes… This Arroz Con Pollo looks perfect and really delicious! I love South American rice dishes.



  8. Set another place at the table. I’m coming over! And I fluffy heart you. 😀

  9. Sounds very tasty Paz!
    I’m laughing because I brought some matzoh ball soup over to a friend who broke her wrists in a riding accident. There were three tupperware containers, one for matzoh balls, one for egg noodles, and one for soup. I know she will return them – but it is funny how attached we are to our tupperware!

  10. Yum. That looks great. And I like the idea of fried plantains. I had some last Friday.

  11. These dishes are so popular here,mainly in winter. I love rice too In Brasil we eat everyday (on pilaf way) as a side dish.
    I love your chicken rice ,looks delicious !!!!

  12. Got my attention! I can’t wait to try it…

  13. Paz, oh wow that looks so good.

  14. Hi everyone! Thanks for your comments and tips about the tupperware.

    I puffy heart all of you!


  15. You has me laugh about the tupperware. I have a relative like too. The rice looks perfect.

  16. This looks very good Paz. I may just heart it too.
    I think we will try it.

  17. Hi Courtney: The rice was REALLY good. 😉

    Hey there, Frank: I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Let me know how it turns out for you.


  18. Mmm. Sounds tasty. I once made a seco de pollo recipe for my boyfriend and he said it was NOTHING LIKE ecuadorian food. I blame the recipe. So I’m always on the lookout for good Ecuadorian recipes.

  19. Hi Here Be Dragons:

    Check out Laylita’s recipes. She makes really great Ecuadorian dishes. Click on her link above. Thanks for stopping by.


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