Puerto Rican Arroz con Pollo Recipe

"This Puerto Rican rice with chicken recipe is a classic island-cuisine dish filled with the savory flavors of ham, pork, capers, olives, and tomatoes."


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  • 3 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar, or as needed
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 pound salted pork, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/4 pound cooked ham, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup sofrito (such as Goya®)
  • 1/4 cup recaito (such as Goya®)
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 6 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup rinsed and diced Spanish olives
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (1.41 ounce) package sazon seasoning with coriander and achiote
  • 3 cups uncooked white rice
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    1. Place chicken in a large bowl and cover with apple cider vinegar. Set aside.
    2. Heat oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Add pork and ham; cook and stir for 5 minutes. Add bell peppers and cook for 1 minute. Add onion and cook for 1 minute. Stir in sofrito and recaito and cook for 1 minute. Season with oregano, cumin, and pepper. Add capers and garlic and cook for 1 minute. Pour in tomato sauce and olives; cook for another minute.
    3. Strain chicken and discard vinegar. Add chicken to the pot. Bring to a simmer, cover, and cook for 15 minutes. Adjust heat as need to simmer but not boil.
    4. Add broth, sazon, and rice to the pot. Stir until well mixed and return to a simmer. Cover, reduce heat to low, and cook for 20 minutes. Remove pot from heat and stir.


    • Editor’s Note:
    • Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of vinegar. The actual amount consumed will vary.

    Nutrition Facts

    Per Serving: 491 calories;22.8 g fat;41.3 g carbohydrates;25.8 g protein;83 mg cholesterol;1315 mg sodium.Full nutrition
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