Spanish Pollo Arroz (Spanish Chicken & Rice)

Dawn Whitted


There is a local Mexican Restaurant in my little town that gave me the idea for this recipe. It is not a traditional Spanish meal but my interpretation. If you serve this with Beef Chimichangas it allows for both beef and chicken entrees to choose from at the dinner table.


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20 Min
30 Min
Stove Top


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  • 4 c
  • 3 large
    chicken breasts, whole
  • 1 large
    yellow onion, peeled and quartered
  • 1 large
    lime, halved
  • 2 clove
    garlic, peeled
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1 tsp
    black pepper
  • 1 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 1 tsp
    onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp

  • 2 Tbsp
    canola oil
  • 1 large
    jalapeno, fresh or bell pepper
  • 1 medium
    yellow onion, diced
  • 2 c
    rice, instant
  • 1 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1/4 c
  • 2 c
    seasoned chicken stock
  • 1 tsp
    cumin or taco seasoning
  • 1 tsp
    dried cilantro *fresh works too*
  • 1 c
    mexican blend shredded cheese

How to Make Spanish Pollo Arroz (Spanish Chicken & Rice)


  1. Bring 4C water to a boil and add 3-4 large chicken breasts with bone in. This will render the most flavor for the stock you will be using later. Add onion, lime, cumin, black pepper & garlic cloves. Let simmer for 20- 30 minutes. Remove chicken from stock and set aside to let cool enough to handle. Strain stock and reserve 2 C for rice. Freeze the rest for another time. I use it in chicken tortilla soup.
  2. Dice 1 small onion, 1 jalepeno, 1 garlic clove & add to 2qt saucepan add 2T vegetable oil & rice. saute to begin browning slightly 5 minutes.
  3. Add reserved seasoned chicken stock, cumin, cilantro, salsa and mushrooms diced into larger bite size chunks. Then add 1/2 can sliced black olives, gently stir and place lid on rice to let steep until finished. 5-10 minutes.
  4. Place hot rice into serving bowl, top with shredded cheese and finally the remaining olives and let the cheese melt about 2-3 minutes.

    This makes a beautiful serving presentation garnish with fresh cilantro.

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About Spanish Pollo Arroz (Spanish Chicken & Rice)

Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Spanish
Hashtags: #cheese, #lime, #JALAPENO

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