Cuban Chicken with Rice Recipe

Cuban Chicken with Rice Recipe

Cuban Chicken with Rice Recipe

Our Cuban Chicken with Rice recipe is similar to a Cuban Arroz con Pollo dish, but we exclude tomatoes from the dish. It has a lot of similarities, and is a very easy recipe to cook for a great midweek meal!


2.5 lb. chicken legs and thighs
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 yellow bell pepper
1 red bell pepper
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 cup long-grain rice
1 3/4 cups chicken broth
1 cup peas, thawed frozen or cooked fresh
Fresh cilantro, rough chopped


1. Preheat oven to 375F.
2. Pat the chicken dry and season both sides with salt and pepper.
3. Melt the butter and oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
4. Fry the chicken, skin side down, and cook until browned (6-minutes.)
5. Flip the chicken and cook for an additional 2-minutes.
6. Transfer the chicken to a plate.
7. Drain all but 2 tablespoons of the oil.
8. Add the onions to the oil and cook for 3-5 minutes, until soft.
9. Add the garlic and cook for 1-minute.
10. Add the peppers and cook, 3-minutes.
11. Stir in turmeric, cumin, rice, 1/4 teaspoon salt and stir until the rice is coated.
12. Add the broth, stir and increase the heat to high to bring to a boil for 2-minutes.
13. Add the chicken back to the rice dish.
14. Cover and transfer to the oven for 25-minutes.
15. Fluff the rice and stir in the peas.
16. Cover for 5-minutes.
17. Salt and pepper, and top with cilantro.

Wine Pairings:

We preface all of our wine pairing suggestions by letting you know that it’s really a matter of personal taste. While we do offer our opinions and why we selected a specific varietal, there is no right or wrong answer when pairing a wine with your dinner.

Pinot Grigio Wine

This Cuban Chicken with Rice recipe is a nice flavorful chicken dish full of nice light flavors from the chicken and vegetables. I would pair this dish with a Pinot Grigio. The lime and lemon notes of the wine would pair well with this dish. A Pinot Grigio is also a medium to full-bodied wine, with a rather low acidity and fairly neutral aromas. Follow the link to our wine review site to find our favorite Pinot Grigio

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