Puerto Rican Arroz con Pollo


This Puerto Rican arroz con pollo — or rice and chicken — recipe is a classic island-cuisine dish filled with the savory flavors of ham, pork, capers, olives, and tomatoes.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins


  • 3 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs, chopped into bite-sized pieces

  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar, or as needed

  • ¼ cup canola oil

  • ¼ pound salted pork, chopped into bite-sized pieces

  • ¼ pound cooked ham, chopped into bite-sized pieces

  • 1 red bell pepper, diced

  • 1 green bell pepper, diced

  • 1 yellow onion, diced

  • ¼ cup sofrito (such as Goya®)

  • ¼ cup recaito (such as Goya®)

  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon capers

  • 6 cloves garlic, diced

  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • ¼ cup rinsed and diced Spanish olives

  • 3 cups chicken broth

  • 1 (1.41 ounce) package sazon seasoning with coriander and achiote

  • 3 cups uncooked white rice


  1. Place chicken in a large bowl and cover with apple cider vinegar. Set aside.

  2. Heat oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Add pork and ham; cook and stir for 5 minutes. Add bell peppers and cook for 1 minute. Add onion and cook for 1 minute. Stir in sofrito and recaito and cook for 1 minute. Season with oregano, cumin, and pepper. Add capers and garlic and cook for 1 minute. Pour in tomato sauce and olives; cook for another minute.

  3. Strain chicken and discard vinegar. Add chicken to the pot. Bring to a simmer, cover, and cook for 15 minutes. Adjust heat as needed to simmer but not boil.

  4. Add broth, sazon, and rice to the pot. Stir until well mixed and return to a simmer. Cover, reduce heat to low, and cook for 20 minutes. Remove pot from heat and stir.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of vinegar. The actual amount consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

491 Calories
23g Fat
41g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 491
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 83mg 28%
Sodium 1315mg 57%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 27mg 135%
Calcium 37mg 3%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 374mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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