Arroz con Pollo a la Mexicana


Chicken and rice is a classic Mexican dinner option. Serve alongside a bowl of chips and salsa for a real fiesta.

Mexican Chicken and Rice
Photo: Andy Lyons
Start To Finish Time:
45 mins
6 cups chicken mixture + 3 cups rice


  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, thinly sliced

  • 1 tablespoon ground New Mexico, pasilla, or ancho chile pepper or chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 cup chopped onion (1 large)

  • 1 cup thinly sliced carrots (2 medium)

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ cup dry white wine

  • ½ cup Caldo or reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • ½ cup roasted tomato salsa

  • ¼ cup green olives, cut up

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen peas, thawed

  • 2 tablespoon butter

  • 2 tablespoon snipped fresh cilantro (optional)

  • 1 recipe Cheesy White Rice or 3 cups hot cooked rice


  1. In a medium bowl combine chicken, ground chile pepper, and salt; toss well to coat chicken. In an extra-large skillet heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken. Cook and stir for 3 to 4 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Remove chicken from skillet; set aside.

  2. In the same skillet heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Add onion and carrots. Cook about 4 minutes or until onion and carrots begin to soften, stirring occasionally. Push onion mixture to one side of the skillet; add garlic and cook for 20 seconds, stirring garlic constantly. Stir together onion mixture and garlic.

  3. Remove skillet from heat. Add wine to skillet, stirring to scrape up any crusty brown bits. Stir in Caldo or broth, salsa, and olives. Return to heat. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 5 minutes or until liquid is reduced by about half. Stir in cooked chicken, peas, and butter. Simmer for 2 minutes more, stirring several times. Remove from heat; if desired, stir in cilantro. Serve with Cheesy White Rice.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

435 Calories
19g Fat
36g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 435
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 84mg 28%
Sodium 990mg 43%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 16.9mg 85%
Calcium 179mg 14%
Iron 2.3mg 13%
Potassium 475mg 10%
Folate, total 99.8mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.3mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.7mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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