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Arroz Con Pollo – Chicken with Rice

I have loved my mother’s Arroz Con Pollo (chicken and rice) recipe since I was a child. I’ve always found it to be like comfort food, and especially perfect on a cold or rainy day. It’s one of the recipes that we didn’t have to modify to be gluten free and dairy free, because it already is (as long as you make sure your spices and chicken broth are gluten free). As a parent now, I also appreciate it this recipe because it’s pretty easy to make and my toddlers really like it too. Here’s the recipe. I hope you enjoy it too.


Arroz con Pollo

My mother's arroz con pollo recipe is naturally gluten free and delicious! 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 514 kcal
Author Jereann Zann - Celiac Mama


  • 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 medium red onion chopped
  • Safflower oil
  • ½ clove elephant garlic chopped
  • 1 can diced GF tomatoes
  • 1 organic bell pepper yellow or red or orange, chopped
  • 1/2 small package of fresh mushrooms chopped
  • 2 cups GF chicken broth
  • 1 cup jasmine rice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 2 or 3 threads of saffron makes rice yellow


  1. Put enough oil in a medium skillet to cover 2/3 of the skillet bottom
  2. Sear the chicken until it is white, remove from pan
  3. Saute onions and pepper until onions are translucent
  4. Add mushrooms for 1 minute
  5. Add chicken
  6. Add chicken broth, salt, and chili powder
  7. Add rice and saffron
  8. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 30-40 minutes until chicken is tender and liquid is nearly absorbed.
  9. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Arroz con Pollo
Amount Per Serving
Calories 514 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 142mg 47%
Sodium 1285mg 54%
Potassium 1304mg 37%
Total Carbohydrates 46g 15%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 4g
Protein 56g 112%
Vitamin A 25%
Vitamin C 70.1%
Calcium 7%
Iron 17.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Toddler Twist: Cut the chicken into small bites and keep it mixed with the soft rice. Or, if your child is too small to eat these textures, add it to a blender and make it into a thicker puree. If the puree is too thick, add a tsp of chicken broth at a time and mix until you achieve the desired consistency.