Arroz con pollo, Peruvian style

Arroz con Pollo, is one of my favorites dishes from my home country, Peru. I loved it so much that I learned how to make it very fast.

My Grandmother was my inspiration in the kitchen. She used cook so good. I learned a lot from her. She left me her precious secret recipes. Now, every time I have guest over for dinner I like to make my famous arroz con pollo. I always get good complements. My husband and my kids like this delicious dish too.

PS. The main ingredient to this dish is a pinch of LOVE.


  • 1 whole chicken in pieces
  • 2 cloves of mash garlic
  • 1 medium onion, chopped in small squares
  • ½ cup of canola oil or any cooking oil
  • 3 cups of rice
  • 5 cups of chicken broth
  • 1 cup of cilantro blended with water
  • ¼ cup of frozen green peas
  • 1 teaspoon salt and pepper.
  • If you like to add more spices, like garlic salt and lawrys seasoned salt is ok. Don’t add salt if you add the additional spices because it will be too salty.


  • 1 medium pot
  • 1 frying pan
  • blender (for the cilantro)


  1. Fry the pieces of chicken and remove them on the side.
  2. In the same grease add the garlic, onions, salt and the rest of the spices.
  3. Put in the pot the fried chicken, the cilantro and the chicken broth. Let it boil for few minutes.
  4. Add the rice, and let it boil in medium heat until the liquid disappears. Then turn the heat to low and add the green peas until everything is cooked. You must cover the pot only when you lower the heat to low. Not before.

What you should know

You can also make this dish with duck, beef or pork if you like instead of chicken.

Remember, every time you add any spices to your recipe make sure you taste it first; in case you need a little more. And don’t forget to add your pinch of love, it is very important.

I hope you enjoy it.

Re: Peruvian Style chicken and rice

This is a beautiful recipe and beautifully told too. I can’t wait to cook it. One question: when you fry the chicken the first time, is it just to brown it? Please share some of your mother’s other recipes! Thanks. David.

Re: Peruvian Style chicken and rice

Yes. The first fry is just to brown the chicken.

I will post more of my mother’s recipes soon. Promise.

Re: Arroz con pollo, Peruvian style

This is a very delicious dish. I had the pleasure last spring when Maria brought it to a school function. It is beautiful and tasty, and I recommend it highly. Now that I finally know the recipe I cannot wait to make it. Thank you, Maria!

Re: Arroz con pollo, Peruvian style

What a great Arroz con pollo recipe. Your pinch of love makes all the difference. My kids eat this up.

Thank you.

Re: Arroz con pollo, Peruvian style

Hi! I was wondering after adding the rice how long do I cook it on low with the lid on? Or is that even what your suppose to do? lol please let me know =)

Re: Arroz con pollo, Peruvian style

Cook in low with the lid on until the rice is ready soft to the taste and ready to serve. About 10 minutes from the point you turn down the heat and cover. Maybe more. The total cook time should be about 45 minutes.

Re: Arroz con pollo, Peruvian style