Spanish Chicken and Rice

Spanish Chicken and Rice is made with fresh veggies and spices! Also known as Arroz Con Pollo, this meal is one that the entire family with love!

Spanish Chicken and Rice - a one pot meal with fresh ingredients and spices! Arroz Con Pollo is perfect for the entire family!

Did you know that there are only 11 more days until the official first day of spring? The weather forecast here for the next 10 days already signals the arrival of spring. We had a taste of the beautiful weather this weekend and I can’t wait for more to come. Eighty-degree weather is here to stay, hopefully!

This year, spring snuck up on me. Last I recall, we just entered the new year. By March, my spring garden is usually planted. But because I am a little behind this year, I haven’t quite planted anything in my garden. I’m looking forward to prepping our raised bed garden and planting seeds this weekend. I’m already anxiously awaiting the arrival of fresh spring and summer vegetables.

Spanish Chicken and Rice - a one pot meal with fresh ingredients and spices! Arroz Con Pollo is perfect for the entire family!

I love any excuse to cook with saffron and Spanish Chicken and Rice combines one of my favorite spices with chicken and fresh veggies. Saffron is one of the most beautiful and intriguing spices. It comes from a flower and a small amount goes a long way. That’s a good thing, because it is also quite expensive. The combination of spices and vegetables in this dish yields a flavorful meal that you will want to make over and over. Everything is cooked in one pot so it makes clean up easy too!

Spanish Chicken and Rice - a one pot meal with fresh ingredients and spices! Arroz Con Pollo is perfect for the entire family!

Spanish Chicken and Rice - a one pot meal with fresh ingredients and spices! Arroz Con Pollo is perfect for the entire family! Spanish Chicken and Rice - a one pot meal with fresh ingredients and spices! Arroz Con Pollo is perfect for the entire family!

Even though there are only two people in my household, I love making Spanish Chicken and Rice and save the leftovers to eat throughout the week. This meal tastes great reheated and is perfect for lunch or dinner!

Yields 6 servings

Spanish Chicken and Rice
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  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 1/2 pounds chicken pieces, skin on and bone in
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 3 small bell peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 1 (15 oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cups long-grain brown rice
  • 1 cup green olives, halved
  • cilantro, for garnish


  1. In a large bowl, stir together garlic, red pepper flakes, lime juice, salt and pepper. Add the chicken, toss to coat, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  2. In a large frying pan with a lid, heat olive oil over medium heat. Arrange chicken in the pan, skin side down, and cook without turning, until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Turn the chicken, cover the pan, and cook until golden brown on other side, about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, warm broth over medium-high heat. Remove from heat and crumble in saffron; set aside.
  3. Transfer chicken to a plate and pour off all but 2 tablespoons fat from the pan. Add the onion and bell peppers and sauté until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes, cumin, bay leaves, and rice and cook, stirring constantly, until the rice has absorbed the juices, about 5 minutes. Pour the saffron broth into pan and stir. Place the chicken on top. Raise heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 35 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through, the rice is starting to get tender and about half of the liquid has been absorbed. Remove lid and cook until the rice is tender, and the liquid has been absorbed, about 10 to 15 additional minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent the rice from sticking to the bottom of the pan. Let stand for 5 minutes. Remove bay leaves. Top with olives and cilantro, as desired. Serve immediately.

Source: adapted from Williams Sonoma

Spanish Chicken and Rice - a one pot meal with fresh ingredients and spices! Arroz Con Pollo is perfect for the entire family!


  1. Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg

    Ashley – This looks healthy and flavorful. I’m all about leftovers in my house because working two jobs means there’s not a lot of time to prepare lunches for the next day. I need to give this recipe a shot!

  2. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    I am so excited that spring is almost here! This winter has been brutal! This dish looks delicious, Ashley! I love the zesty flavors in here. And even better that my husband would love this, too!

  3. Sues

    Such a simple classic meal that looks absolutely beautiful! I love having enough dinner to take leftovers to work!

  4. Sarah@ Whole and Heavenly Oven

    Yay for spring! It got up to 40 degrees here yesterday, can you believe it?! LOL. Anyway, this rice? It looks so gosh-darn good, Ashley! Spanish rice is one of my favorite weeknight to-go’s and I love that you added chicken to make this a complete meal!

  5. Lily Lau

    Oh my! Does Spanish food look always so heavenly? Thanks for this recipe, Ashley!

  6. Liz @ Floating Kitchen

    Oh Spring. You can’t come soon enough. I am counting down the days!!! Absolutely loving this one skillet meal!

  7. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    I’m actually starting to see signs of spring. . even here in WI! Tomorrow it’s supposed to be like 59 degrees!!! 😛 How excited am I?! love love love this spanish chicken and rice!! and I love saffron and totally agree that it is one of the most beautiful and intriguing spices! love this recipe, Ashley!

  8. Kelly

    I am so looking forward to spring arriving here. It was actually starting to warm up yesterday for the first time 🙂 I love all the flavors and pretty colors of this chicken and rice dish! Saffron is such a beautiful spice and a little really does go a long way! This sounds absolutely incredible!

  9. Julia @ Sprinkled With Jules

    This looks amazing! I love Spanish rice. I’ve never made it before besides the boxed kind (!!) but this is too good to pass up!

  10. Marissa | Pinch and Swirl

    I love this kind of stick-to-your-ribs chicken and rice dish – yum! And how can spring be so close? I love spring, but I feel like winter never arrived. (I just heard a collective groan from the east coast.) Such an odd year weather-wise!

  11. Jen @ Baked by an Introvert

    I am so excited for spring! I want to hurry up already. This dish is so uniquely flavorful. I’ve never had saffron but from what I hear, it’s an amazing spice.

  12. Jessica @ Sweet Menu

    Oh YUM! Ashley, this meal looks gorgeous. Your photography has my mouth-watering! Love all the fresh flavours.

  13. Ashley | The Recipe Rebel

    Love Spanish Chicken and Rice! Such great flavors going on here! The weather’s been pretty nice here, but it’ll still be months before anyone’s planting anything!

  14. Izzy

    I didn’t hold back at all and I’ve been celebrating spring for a few weeks now! I guess it helps that it is already spring weather where I live 🙂 I’ve never cooked with saffron before but I saw some for cheap at Trader Joes and was thinking about buying it. I guess I need to go back now because this rice looks so good!

  15. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

    Only 11 days til spring?? That’s the best news, ever. Well, other than the fact that this yumminess is all made in one pot!

  16. Cailee @

    WOW!! This looks delicious!! …and I seriously cannot wait until Spring!! These longer days are making me SO happy!!! …Spring is coming! 🙂 YAY!

  17. Annie @Maebells

    This is such a perfect dinner! I love easy, hearty meals like this!

  18. Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats

    Ummm plan a garden in March! SOOO jealous. I’m lucky if it’s planted in May in Minnesota! Love this dish!

  19. Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen

    What a great way to cook chicken! I love all the flavors. Haven’t bought saffron in ages since it is so expensive but I may have to splurge!

  20. Mariah @ Mariah's Pleasing Plates

    This spanish chicken dish looks so yummy, I especially love the olives! Pinned!

  21. Lokness @ The Missing Lokness

    I am very excited to try this dish! It looks amazing and flavorful! It is also awesome that it is a one pot meal!

  22. fork

    This is making me hungry. I love olives!!!

  23. Analida's Ethnic Spoon

    I grew with Arroz con Pollo in Panama and I love your version! I am so glad I found you at Project Parade! Pinned and stumbled!

  24. Annie @ Annie's Noms

    Oh, I am loving this!!! I love Spanish flavours with my chicken, so this is perfect. Can just imagine how good it tastes as leftovers too! 🙂

  25. Diane Williams

    I am going to make this. It looks really good! Thank you for linking up at #PureBlogLove Link party! The party is live every Thursday at 8 p.m. and runs through the week end. i’m hosting at Can’t wait to see more your ideas!

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  27. SallyJoJo

    Thanks for sharing!! I made this last night. Made a few tweeks for what I had in the house. I used leftover chicken and a box of yellow rice that I precooked. Turned out great. 🙂

  28. Donna

    I’ve made Spanish chicken and rice for years by “winging it”. This recipe looked interesting so I gave it a try. Wow, it’s great.! Thanks Ashley!

  29. Norma

    This is soooooooo good. Made it tonight with chicken breasts. Didn’t have any saffron but it didn’t make a difference to us. My husband and I were raving about how good it was with every bite. It does make too much rice but I’m just going to make more chicken to go with it. Full of flavor and absolutely delicious!

    • Ashley

      Hi, Norma! Thanks so much for your feedback. I am glad you enjoyed it!

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