Arroz con Pollo
  • 1⁄4 cup olive oil
  • 6 chicken legs, divided into thighs and drumsticks
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 medium onion, diced.
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 2 red or green peppers, roasted, peeled and diced
  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch lengths
  • Leaves from 2 sprigs thyme
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon saffron threads
  • 2 cups Spanish or Italian short-grain rice
  • 6 to 8 cups hot unsalted chicken stock
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons kosher salt
Time Estimates

Prep time: 10 min  

Cook time: 45 min  

Total time: 55 min  


  1. Heat the oil in a metal paella pan or flameproof earthenware cazuela over medium heat.
  2. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and cook it in the oil until golden.
  3. Remove and set aside.
  4. Add the onion and garlic and sauté until the onion begins to color.
  5. Add the tomatoes, peppers, beans and thyme and cook 10 minutes.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350˚F.
  7. Crumble in the saffron, then stir in the rice, coating it well with the oil.
  8. Add the hot stock and salt, bring to a boil and cook, stirring occasionally, until the rice begins to swell and absorb the liquid, 7 to 10 minutes.
  9. Arrange the chicken pieces on top of the rice and bake uncovered for 15 minutes, or until the rice has nearly absorbed the liquid.
  10. Remove from the oven, cover with a kitchen towel, and let stand 10 minutes.


Serves 6

Which beer should I drink with this?

Pale ale or Pilsner

Good to know

A short-grain Spanish rice such as Valencia will give the most authentic flavor and texture, but the more widely available Italian arborio will also give good results.

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