Costa Rican Arroz Con Pollo Recipe (Rice and Chicken)

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Arroz con Pollo Costa Rica

Costa Rica Arroz con pollo food

Is there a more typical Latino dish out there?

I don’t think so!

Arroz Con Pollo (rice and chicken) is a dish that you can find in practically every Latin and Hispanic country. Each has its own version of this tasty plate. The Costa Rican version is extremely tasty.

And is one of the most traditional Costa Rican dishes, besides Gallo Pinto. Costa Rica Cusine is full of culture and history.

Here is the Tico Arroz con Pollo version of it.

Costa Rican Arroz Con Pollo Recipe


2 large chicken breasts
3 cups rice
1 onion, finely chopped
1 bell pepper, finely chopped
1 small can of peas
3 carrots, diced
1/2 pound of string beans, sliced
1/4 teaspoon of achiote (paprika)
2 tablespoons oil
salt to taste


Large cooking pot
frying pan

Cook It Up!

Fill the cooking pot with 4 cups of water and place the chicken, half of the onion and half of the bell pepper and salt. Cook until chicken is tender.

Let cool.

Strain the juice into the bowl and add another 2 cups of water.

Discard the bones of the chicken and shred it up.

In a frying pan heat up the oil with achiote and saute the rest of the onion and bell pepper.

Place the juice with the extra water into the soup pot again, add rice, the shredded chicken, and the sauteed onion and pepper. Then let it cook until rice is done.

Serve it Up!

This dish, like all other Tico creations, is served with cabbage salad and tortillas.

No matter where you travel to in Costa Rica you will find it in the menu.

What is Arroz Con Pollo? Wikipedia will tell you!

Add a Pinch of Imagination and a Sprinkle of Creativity! (variations)

Simply Recipes has a completely different take on it than mine. They fry their chicken. I don’t know about you, but I love fried chicken!
Pura Vida Moms gives away her family’s recipe of this traditional Tico meal!

Last Updated on May 15, 2023

One thought on “Costa Rican Arroz Con Pollo Recipe (Rice and Chicken)”

  1. This has nothing to do with the typical recipe… Nobody is expecting this when they order arroz con pollo here in Costa Rica.

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