Juicy cuts of chicken get cooked alongside rice, onion, tomatoes and broth in this irresistible one-pot dish that pulls inspiration from the Puerto Rican arroz con pollo. For added fiber, brown rice stands in for the white rice typically used.
- 1 pound bone-in chicken drumsticks
- 1 pound bone-in small chicken thighs
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon ground pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt, divided
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 cup red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 cup white onion, chopped
- ¼ cup pitted green olives, sliced, plus more for garnish
- 3 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups long-grain brown rice, rinsed
- ½ cup fire roasted tomatoes, diced
- 2 bay leaves
- ½ cup frozen green peas, thawed
Combine chicken drumsticks, chicken thighs, oregano, garlic powder, paprika, pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl; stir well to coat.
Heat oil in a large high-sided pan or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the chicken; cook, turning once, until golden brown on each side, about 8 minutes total. Transfer to a plate, leaving the juices in the pan. Add bell pepper, onion, olives and garlic to the pan; cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and fragrant, 3 to 4 minutes. Add broth, stirring to scrape up the brown bits on the bottom of the pan. Stir in rice, tomatoes, bay leaves and the remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt. Place the chicken on top of the rice; bring the mixture to a light boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, half covered, until the rice is tender, most of the liquid is absorbed and instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the chicken registers 165°F, about 60 minutes. Remove from heat. Add peas on top of the chicken and rice; cover and let stand until the liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Discard the bay leaves.
You can find more details about this recipe at eatingwell.com: One-Pot Arroz con Pollo