Easy Arroz con Pollo

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Bake: 55 min.


6 servings

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
My children really look forward to dinner when they know I'm serving this. Plus, it's easy to make. —Debbie Harris, Tucson, Arizona


  • 1-3/4 cups uncooked instant rice
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1 cup picante sauce
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spread rice in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle both sides of chicken with garlic salt and pepper; place over rice. In a large bowl, combine broth, picante sauce, tomato sauce, onion and green pepper; pour over the chicken.
  2. Cover and bake until a thermometer reads 165°, 50-55 minutes. Sprinkle with cheeses. Bake, uncovered, until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes longer.
Easy Arroz con Pollo Tips

Can you use other cuts of chicken for this easy arroz con pollo recipe?

Absolutely! Boneless skinless chicken thighs would work well in this easy arroz con pollo recipe. Whatever cut you use, just be sure your chicken is cooked through to a food-safe internal temperature of 165°.

Can you sear the chicken before baking the arroz con pollo?

Yes! Searing chicken beforehand will add depth of flavor. If you're pressed for time, it's totally fine to skip this step.

Can you use other kinds of rice to make this easy arroz con pollo recipe?

Using instant rice in this recipe makes it super easy and quick compared to some more traditional recipes. It's not the easiest to switch out types of rice without knowing exactly how to accommodate the liquid. For that reason, preparing the recipe with the rice type listed is the best option for success.

Rashanda Cobbins, Taste of Home Food Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 334 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 80mg cholesterol, 1055mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 31g protein.