Monday's Leftovers: Arroz con Pollo

Monday's Leftovers: Arroz con Pollo


The meal known as arroz con pollo is popular around the world. With tender chicken, tomato-tinged vegetables, and savory rice, it happens to be well-balanced and delectable,

While the name may sound sophisticated, all you really need are some leftover chicken breasts and thighs, combined with other staples that you likely have on hand. To learn how easy it is to make this Latin favorite, read more.

Arroz con Pollo

Arroz con Pollo

Arroz con Pollo

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil
4 chicken thighs
4 chicken drumsticks
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
2 ounces smoked ham, cut into 1/4-inch dice
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 3/4 cups canned tomatoes, drained and chopped
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 cups canned low-sodium chicken broth or homemade stock
1 cup rice, preferably long-grain
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Directions

  1. In a large, deep frying pan, heat the oil over moderately high heat. Season the chicken with 1/4 teaspoon each of the salt and pepper. Cook the chicken, turning, until well browned, about 8 minutes in all. Remove. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the fat from the pan.
  2. Reduce the heat to moderately low. Add the ham, onion, and garlic to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion starts to soften, about 2 minutes. Add the bell peppers and cook, stirring occasionally, until they start to soften, about 3 minutes longer.
  3. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, broth, and the remaining 1 3/4 teaspoons salt and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper and bring to a simmer. Stir in the rice and add the chicken in an even layer. Simmer, partially covered, over moderately low heat until the chicken and rice are just done, 20 to 25 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley.

Serves 4.

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