Chicken and Rice (Arroz con Pollo)

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Arroz con Pollo Colombiano

Colombian-Style Arroz con Pollo was one of my favorite recipes growing up. My mom would make it at least once a week for lunch. Rice with chicken is one of the most popular dishes in Colombia and South America, but every country has their own variation. This is my mom’s Arroz con Pollo recipe. Enjoy!

Arrroz con PolloTraditional Colombian Dishes: Empanadas Colombianas (Colombian Empanadas),  Sancocho de Gallina (Chicken Sancocho), Ajiaco Bogotano (Chichen and Potato Soup), Bandeja Paisa (Paisa Tray), Pandebono (Cheese Bread), Buñuelos (Cheese Balls) and Arepas Rellenas de Queso.

Arroz con pollo Colombiano Receta



(4 Servings)

  • Chicken and Stock
  • 2 whole chicken breast, bone in and skin removed
  • 1 scallion
  • ½ white onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ½ tablespoon ground cumin
  • ½ tablespoon sazon Goya with azafran
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Rice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ cup chopped red bell pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 cup long- grain white rice
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 chicken bouillon tablet
  • 2 ½ cups chicken stock
  • ½ tablespoon sazon goya with azafran
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • ½ cup frozen diced carrots
  • ½ cup frozen diced green beans

Colombian Arroz con Pollo


  1. Place the chicken breast, 5 cups water and the remaining ingredients for the stock in a medium pot. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce the heat to medium low. Cook for 20 to 25 minutes. Turn the heat off and let the chicken rest in the pot for about 15 minutes covered. Let it cool, shred and set aside. Strain stock and measure 2 ½ cups and set aside.
  2. In a medium pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions, green peppers, garlic and red bell pepper. Cook until the onions are translucent, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Add the rice, tomato paste, chicken bouillon and sazon goya. Stir until the rice is well coated about 3 minutes. Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Then reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes. Add the peas, carrots and green beans and cook for and additional 7 minutes, add the shredded chicken and cilantro, mix well with a fork, cover and cook for 5 minutes more.
  4. Serve and Enjoy!
  5. Colombian Chicken and Rice

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  1. norma says

    im married to a wonderful colombian guy and even though he loves peruvian food(im peruvian)i know he misses colombian food, sooo today looking for good recipes i found this page and i try it TODAY!! for dinner he loved it soo much he ate three plates thanks… the next one its going to be the small cheese breads :)

  2. Respondon says

    It looks great and it *is* great, but my host family in Bogota 30 years ago served it with jugo de tomate de arbol…even today I can hardly type that phrase. That juice was awful, awful stuff. (In English it’s called a tamarillo, and there’s a good Wikipedia article about it.) I have to break the mental association of arroz con pollo with jugo de tomate de arbol, so I can make the recipe!

  3. Ellie says

    The recipe calls for green pepper. Is it green bell pepper, or green pepper as in jalapeno or serrano?

    Looking forward to making this yummy recipe for our Latin Flavor fundraiser at church :)

  4. Annie E says

    I made this dish for my Colombian husband tonight and he LOVED it. I will be making more recipes from your website in the future – Thanks!

  5. Luisa says

    Cant wait to cook this dish. I ate it as a little girl, and now thnx to this recipe I get to share it with my family.

  6. Martha says

    You should think about putting your wonderful receipes in a book. So, you can make some $$$. I am pretty sure you will be besides rich, you will be recognized as a woman with the Colombian sazon…………..

    Love all your receipes and most the pictures, they look so yami and authentic!!
    Martha =)

  7. says

    Thanks for the post, I stumbled upon it when I was searching things related to chicken coops in Yahoo. It’s not exactly what I was looking for but I picked some interesting things. Thanks again.

  8. Kimberly says

    Hello! I was VERY pleased with this recipe. My husband, who is Colombian, said it was perfect. Thank you. Just a note to others, depending on the kind of rice you use, you might need just a few more minutes of cooking time. I reserved more stock for this case.

  9. Andrea says

    In this recipe it looks like the rice is already been pre-cooked, am I right?
    What brand of rice do you recommend?
    Thank you.

  10. Andrea says

    Erica, soy Bogotana – llevo 12 anos viviendo en NY, PA y ahora MD y le cuento que extrano mucho la comida de mi tierra. La falta de conocimiento de muchos ingredientes no me permitia cocinar recetas Colombianas. Gracias: esta noche ARROZ CON POLLO!!!

  11. Angie Loaiza says

    OMG I have been looking for this recipe forever, my husband is Colombian and my son is half and I have been cooking his dishes for years and when I came across this I had to try it and it is the bomb I can not wait till he gets home to serve this dish to him. Thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Anonymous says

    I made this Arroz con Pollo and it was delicious…..better the next day. Thank you. Great recipes.

  13. Jasmin says

    This Dish makes wanna cry!!!! Thank you for showing us to make it. Now I can try to cook it just like my Mom and Grandma’s Colombian dish.I never cook in my life but I can learn!!!

  14. LeeAn Kahriger says

    So excited to try! Was an exchange student 20 some years ago in Bucaramanga and still think about and miss the food. I was especially looking for an arroz con polo recipe. Thanks so much!

  15. LeeAn Kahriger says

    Made this today! So good and so easy. Just what I had been missing from my exchange year more than 20 years ago!!! Thank you so much. Bought stuff to make arepas too! Can’t wait to try!

  16. Isabel says

    For the past few weeks I searched for Colombian recipes and came across your site, this website reminds me of the book Julie and Julia. The photos accompanying the recipes are wonderful; they entice the reader to cook! Tonight I cooked arroz con pollo and loved it!! As I was eating I closed my eyes and felt as I were eight-years-old, sitting at my grandmother’s house eating her food. I added sweet plantains, avocado, and passion fruit juice to complete the dish. I am looking forward to making other of your dishes!! Thank you for having this wonderful idea of bringing our Colombia everywhere, people will be able to see how amazing our food can be!

  17. Diana says

    Made this for lunch on Saturday and again, it was a home run! It tastes exactly like the arroz con pollo we used to eat in Colombia and it was so easy to make. For some reason I had to add another 20 minutes to the rice because it was still crunchy when I tasted it. Other than that, it was beyond delicious. Thanks again!!

  18. Olga A says

    Thank you so much for the recipe. . .
    It looks delicious and exactly how I want my arroz con pollo to come out. . .
    Will be trying it tonight :)

  19. says

    Erica I love your blog! Im Colombian born in the US and Im also working on a blog of my own that includes some of my favorite Colombian dishes my mom makes! Your Arroz con pollo looks very similar to my mom’s! I love cooking her food, makes me feel like Im still at home! I look foward to reading your blog! :)

  20. Paula says

    I tried the Arroz Con Pollo recipe twice now. The taste is great but my rice is alwas mushy. What type of rice do you use?

    • Erica says

      Paula- Long grain white rice (Canilla or Goya). You can add less liquid to the rice and it will be drier (about 1/2 cup lees)…..I like mine moist.

  21. Nubia says

    Looking at your food takes me back home!! My mom is originally from Colombia and I have have been there to visit my family many times. I am married now and want to share part of my culture with my American husband and create new family traditions and this will help! Thank you so much, I can’t wait to try these recipes!

  22. jairo says

    Hola Erica ! i` m colombian guy that loves to cook , my wife is american and now she how to make white rice , empanadas and patacones…. but the first time i made this recipe ; she was wow wow …. thanks for share our traditional cousine !

  23. Johanna says

    Hola Erica! I am so excited about trying your recipe for arroz con pollo, my colombian family is coming to visit and although I am colombian I can’t say I cook a lot of traditional colombian food. I am so glad I found your recipe, cause I was looking to make something delicious,easy and traditional,and I think this covers all of those requirements.!!!!!! Thanks again…..

  24. Maria says

    “I am LOVING your recipes! You are a genius! I made this tonight and it was delish, and I’ve made other recipes of yours as well.

  25. Patricia says

    I have tried this recipe on numerous occasions. Not only is it easy to follow ,
    it is always perfect. I get lots of complements .

  26. Christian says

    Thank you for the recipe, I’m also Colombian! and always enjoyed eating this dish now I’m giving it a go…so far so good, I’m towards the final stage and hopefully my Italian wife likes it because she is a great Sicilian cook. She is looking forward to try it.

  27. says

    Hallo, I’m italian, but I have some colombian friends…I wanted to surprise them and cook something from their,thank you for your recipse they are soooo tasty and helped me to learn how to cook colombian food…I hope I can visit Colombia really soon!

  28. Miriam says

    I made this arroz con pollo last night for dinner and we all loved it!!! Delicious and easy to make.

  29. Luz Adriana says

    Thanks Erica for the recipe, I’m from Medellin and live in California and no one knows about Arroz con Pollo, I will try it next week.

  30. Catalina says

    OMG!!!! Thank you for posting this recipe, I made it today… rice came out a little bit hard, but the taste was DELICIOUS!!!

  31. Gina C. says

    I made this last night exactly as written. As with all your recipes I’ve tried, this was exactly the flavors I recall from my Colombian family. This will definitely be added into my menu rotation. Your blog is by far the best resource for delicious Colombian food. I’m so glad to have found you!

  32. Karen S. says

    My Colombian son-in-law was recently in an accident & is recovering in my home. I made this recipe for him & he loved it! Three of his Colombian friends came to visit & they each had two servings! My whole family loved it, too! Today I’m making the Short Ribs with Colombian spices in the slow cooker. I can’t wait to taste it as it smells delicious. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful recipes.

  33. Monica says

    This recipe has made my 16 year old son very happy. Orroz con pollo was his favorite dish to eat when we were in Colombia this past summer on a missions trip. I’ve used this recipe four times since our return in July. Today, I am preparing it for not just my family but about 75 other people as it is the main dish at our lunch at church today.

  34. Gloria says

    Hi Erica,
    Thanks for sharing your great recipes with us.
    I am Colombian American and grew up with this same Arroz con Pollo recipe. The only difference in my version is that I add the chicken and frozen vegetables right after coating the rice with the oil and tomato paste. I basically bring everything to a boil , then simmer. I was wondering why you add the vegetables and the chicken after the rice is mostly cooked? Doesn’t that make it a lot harder to get everything mixed together? Would love your thoughts on this as I am always open to making this great dish ever better. :)

    • Erica says

      Hi Gloria, This is my mom’s recipe and I learned it from her……The chicken is pre-cooked and I used the broth from that chicken to cook the rice.

  35. P. Cantu says

    I’ve tried two other arroz con pollo recipes and they came out OK … I measure my cooking success based on how much food is left over after making a meal. I tried your recipe and it was wiped out clean. It came out delicious but I had to use 6 cups of chicken stock as the rice was drying out quickly.

  36. war says

    I’m on my way to buy all the ingredients to make this today. Imma see if I find some guanabana to make some jugo and eat it just like my mom used to make it for me. Thank you

  37. Monica T. says

    Thank you Erica for sharing your recipes in english. I was born here but my parents are from Medellin. I tried your arroz con pollo and it came out delicious!

  38. Carlos says

    Hola, soy un estudiante universitario nacido en Colombia y de ves en cuanto me gusta venir a tu pagina y concinar un poco. Todas tus recetas me han salido muy ricas! En esta se te olvido incluir en la receta cuanto arroz, me imagino que 1 1/2?

  39. Lina S says

    Prepare esta receta ayer y me salió maravillosa, no esperaba que me fuera ir así de bien. Muchas gracias, saludos desde NJ

  40. Lauren says

    I made this last night and it was delicious!! Even my 3 year old son ate it right up! Thanks for sharing your family recipes! Keep them coming!!

  41. Carolyn says

    My Colombian friend and I are addicted to this stuff!!! I tried some of it when her grandmother came over and I couldn’t get enough!! That’s why we are going to try to recreate it tonight! I know it will be delicious! :)

  42. Daniela says

    Erica, eres increible… de verdad que deberias pensar en publicar tus recetas en un libro… no solo son perfectas sino que el prologo que le pones a cada unas las hace mas atractivas, lo mismo que las fotos… me muero por hacer el arroz con pollo este domingo para el dia del padre… tambien tengo listos los ingredientes para la torta de pan que le quiero agregar guayaba. Gracias otra vez y felicitaciones! Daniela

  43. Veronica says

    Hola Erica, quisiera hacer arroz con pollo para 30 personas… me puedes sugerir como cambiar las medidas? especialmente para preparar el arroz y que quede bien.

  44. says

    Hi Erica,
    Thank you so much for this recipe! I’m creating a Paleo version for a client, which is surprisingly easy. Great authentic flavors!

  45. Miriam says

    I love trying recipes from around the World and have a new found craving for latin foods.. can’t wait to try this!

  46. Patricia says

    I was looking for receipe for a pot luck that had it’s origin in South America. This was easy, beautiful to look at and tasty. I could not find the Sazon Goya with saffron, but did find a sazon Goya con cilantro y achiote. It had more of an orange color. Is there a big difference? The flavor was very good.

  47. diana says

    A great arroz con pollo! Made it for my husband who absolutely loved it. So much so I had to make it again. The next day! :-) Quick question about doubling the recipe. How does doubling affect the rice’s cooking time? Thanks :)

  48. Zehra says

    Lovely recipe! Any tips of making it for a large group like around 30 people? How much should I multiply the recipe by?

  49. Luisa says

    Hola erica me encantan tus recetas siempre estoy ensayando cosas nuevas y ya he hecho muchas tuyas. Yo vivo en nj con mi familia y la verdad es que la comidita lo transporta a uno . Te quería preguntar algo sobre esta receta de arroz con pollo , haré una fiesta en estos días y quisiera hacerlo pero seria para 40 personas … Sabes mas o menos cuanto necesitaría de ingredientes?

    • Erica Dinho says

      Hola Luisa, Esta receta puede servir hasta 6 personas, entoces puedes multipicar los ingredientes por 7. El procedimiento es el mismo, pero debes usar una olla bien grande.

  50. Deborah says

    Has anyone tried making this ahead and freezing? It sounds delicious and I prepare meals for others and would love to make this.


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