Arroz con Pollo

Several spiced and browned chicken breasts cooking in a Dutch oven atop the tomato sauce mixture and rice.

Arroz con pollo is a simple one-pot Mexican-inspired meal that is cooked in a Dutch oven. It creates a dish where tender chicken and aromatic rice are cooked together to create a flavorful meal.

The juices from the chicken and sauce are absorbed into the rice for extra flavor. You can add more or fewer spices, to your taste.

This can be cooked on a gas stove, over a campfire, or even on a grill, making it a very versatile dish.

Serve it with tortillas, beans, and a nice cold drink.

Arroz con Pollo Recipe

Several spiced and browned chicken breasts cooking in a Dutch oven atop the tomato sauce mixture and rice.
Arroz con Pollo is a simple one-pot Dutch oven Mexican-inspired meal, where chicken and rice are cooked together, so the rice absorbs all the wonderful flavors.
Preparation 10 minutes
Cook 45 minutes
Ready in 55 minutes
Servings 4 Servings


  • oil for the Dutch oven
  • 5 chicken breasts or thighs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 3 cups rice
  • cumin to taste
  • garlic powder to taste
  • 2 cans tomato sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with green chilies


  • 12 inch Dutch oven


  • Heat oil in the Dutch oven over medium heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Brown chicken on both sides, for 3 to 4 minutes per side, then remove from the Dutch oven.
  • In the same Dutch oven, sauté onions until soft and translucent. Add rice and cook, stirring often, until toasted, being careful not to burn it, about 3 minutes. Season with cumin, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Add the tomato sauce and water then bring to a boil. Stir in the rice, then add the tomatoes with green chilies. 
  • Place the chicken on top of the rice and bring to a simmer. Put the Dutch oven lid on and cook without stirring until the chicken is cooked through and the rice is tender, 30 to 45 minutes.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 973kcalCarbohydrates: 136gProtein: 75gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 181mgSodium: 2546mgPotassium: 2461mgFiber: 8gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 1684IUVitamin C: 39mgCalcium: 148mgIron: 7mg

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About Omar Alvarez

Omar started competitive cooking in 2006 after moving to Idaho from California via Texas. He started with Dutch Oven cooking as a novice then two years later won the World Cast Iron Championship in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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