Heather’s Arroz Con Pollo

Heather shares her family’s recipe for Arroz con Pollo…this was one of our favorite from our time down in the Dominican Republic!!

One of my favorite frugal dishes is Arroz Con Pollo (Chicken and Rice). A total comfort food for me and my family, it’s a low cost meal that doesn’t feel low cost at all. I’ve tweaked this recipe a lot over the years and I’ve finally settled on a version of it that my family loves. With cooler temps about to set in, it’s the perfect meal to cozy up with on a cool fall night. Serve alone or with some pinto beans and a salad.

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Arroz Con Pollo

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 40 minutes


  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup white rice (you can use brown, but it just doesn’t feel authentic in this dish to me)
  • 1 diced onion
  • 1 diced bell pepper (we like to use red)
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • Optional: Sazon (a little packet seasoning found in the Mexican Food aisle, not necessary but adds so much flavor!)


  • Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a large pot. Heat chicken 5 minutes per side and set aside in a container with a lid.
  • Add onion and bell pepper and cook until the onions are translucent and the peppers are softened.
  • Pour in rice and let it cook for a couple of minutes. Stir it around a bit…this part is essential for the smoky flavor of the meal. Add salt and pepper (you can add more to taste once the dish is done), cumin, oregano and sazon.
  • Pour in the broth and add the chicken back in. Bring to a boil.
  • Put the lid on the pot and lower to a simmer. Cook for around 15-20 minutes or until rice is soft.


Heather is a married mom of two in Houston, Texas. She is incredibly passionate about saving money and having fun while doing it! Her family is a great source of inspiration for her to work hard at saving money and finding fun and frugal ways to lead a high quality life. You can find her blogging at Family Friendly Frugality.

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  1. Colin says

    With two chicken thighs a person and enough rice for leftovers, this is a very filling and satisfying meal. Plus, it’s the most delicious recipe for rice I’ve ever tasted and one of my favorite meals Heather makes! When I’m finally daring enough to ask her to teach me some real kitchen skills, this is the first recipe I’m going to master.

  2. Beth in central Ohio says

    I’ve never used Sazon, so don’t know what to expect. I’m game, though, because this recipe looks and sounds delicious!

  3. Beth in central Ohio says

    Which Sazon packet do you use? Goya makes:
    • Sazón with Coriander and Annatto
    • Sazón with Azafrán
    • Sazón with Tomato and Coriander
    • Sazón with Garlic and Onion
    • Sazón-It
    • Sazón Natural and Complete

  4. says

    I made this Saturday night. I used Badia Sazon Tropical because it was the only one I could find with no MSG. The chicken didn’t turn out as well as I’d like because I was impatient and didn’t let it thaw all the way, but I will say this – There were NO leftovers 😀

  5. zellion says

    I need to complain – I was really looking forward to trying this recipe tonight. I wish you had mentioned in the article that “Sazon” is basically just straight MSG with some herbs like saffron added to it. I was on the lookout for some tasty exotic spice that would add something to the dish. Not really thrilled about *adding* MSG to food I serve my family. I know you said you could make it without it but yes, I’m sure it does taste a lot better with it because… that’s what MSG does. But I have a one year old (the young and the elderly are far more likely to be sensitive to MSG than adults) and a husband with high blood pressure and it’s not really the wisest choice for us to make.

    • Martha Stewart says

      Do you feel like you deserve a medal for MSG awareness? You’ll still probably end up with colon cancer from your head being lodged so far up your self righteous ass even without food additives. Maybe you should give your husband some MSG. It might shorten his life a bit so he doesn’t have to deal with you for quite so long. Have a great day!

  6. says

    Zellion, I totally understand! I actually don’t use the packet all the time, the dish totally works without it. I grew up in a household where that was kind of staple seasoning so I included it as optional, but no you do not need it and I certainly understand why you do not want to use it!

  7. says

    This was great! You can make your own sazon:

    Coriander – 1 tbsp
    Salt – 1 tbsp
    Garlic Powder – 1 tbsp
    Cumin – 1 tbsp
    Paprika – 1 tbsp

    Mix them all together and store in an air-tight container. Use about 1 tsp or to taste in your recipes.


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