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Arroz con Pollo Cubano

If you’re into Latin cuisine, you’re going to fall in love with this arroz con pollo Cubano recipe. Seasoned chicken is paired with delicious rice that’s flavored with white wine, sofrito, and sazon. A super easy, yet flavorful, filling, and comforting dish.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Cuban, Latin
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 698kcal


  • 2 cups medium grain rice do not rinse
  • 2 cups water cold
  • 1 packet sazon
  • 4 chicken thighs bone-in skin-on
  • 1/4 cup sofrito store-bought or homemade
  • 1 tbsp dry white wine optional
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 cup green peas
  • 1/4 cup green olives
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper or to taste
  • 2-3 tbsp oil


  • In a small bowl, mix the cumin, oregano, and paprika. Season the chicken with salt and pepper to taste. Make sure to season under the skin as well. Sprinkle some of the spice mixture on top of the chicken and set aside.
  • Heat the oil in a heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add the chicken skin-side down and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side.
  • Remove the chicken thighs from the pot and set aside.
  • Add the sofrito, remaining spice mixture, sazon, and dry white wine. Cook for 15 seconds.
  • Stir in the rice and coat well. Cook for one minute.
  • Add the water, 1 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper, bay leaf, and green olives. Mix well. Place the chicken back into the skillet. Let the rice come up to a boil. This should take 5 minutes over medium-high heat.
  • Once the rice comes up to a boil, cover with aluminum foil and a lid. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 45 minutes.
  • Once the 45 minutes are up, uncover the rice and remove the chicken from the pot. Turn off the heat. Use a fork to fluff the rice and stir in the green peas. Place the chicken back on top of the rice, cover, and let it sit for 5 minutes.
  • Garnish with fresh cilantro, if desired. Enjoy!



Calories: 698kcal | Carbohydrates: 97g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 1212mg | Potassium: 366mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 474IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 6mg