Arroz con Pollo y Nafisa (aka Sissy)

(guest post by Nafisa)

Today (hoy), Tara and I (y yo) decided to make chicken and rice, or in Costa Rica, Arroz con Pollo.

Our friend (amiga) Kathy used to make it back home with us and it was delicious (delicioso). Last Saturday (Sabado), we made it and it came out really good, so we decided to do it again.

Here are the steps to make your own Arroz con Pollo:

You will need:

  • rice cooker 
  • 6 chicken drum sticks
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 onion
  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • 1 pack of Sazon y Amor para pollo (kind of like a bullion cube)
  •  2 packs of Pollo Completo
  • 1 can of peas & carrots
  • approximately 3 cups of rice
  • Lizano

First (primero), you want to cut the chicken off the bones into little chunks. Save the bones to use for flavor in the rice cooker later.  Next, you want to saute the chicken in a little bit (un poquito) of oil and add one pack of the Sazon y Amor.


While you are sauteing the chicken, you want to cut the red pepper, and onion (cebolla). Then, you want to put the onion and red pepper into the rice cooker and pour oil on top and stir it with the rice cooker on until the onion gets soft.

Once the onion and peppers are ready, you want to add rice to the rice cooker and let it sit there and cook 3-5 minutes (tres a cinco minutos) before you put the water (agua) in (a dentro).

After (despues de) the rice is a little bit cooked, you should add enough water so that the water is over the rice. (But not too much.)

Add the chicken chunks in the rice cooker, (If you want more flavor, you can add the chicken bones inside.) Add two packets of Pollo Completo and half of the cilantro.

You should mix it once, put the lid on, and wait for the rice cooker to say it’s done.

When the rice cooker pops to say it’s done, take the bones out and mix in Lizano to taste.  (We don’t have Lizaon in the US, but Tara and Jeff think it tastes like a combination of A1 sauce and tomatillo sauce.)  Serve with some fresh cilantro.

Enjoy! (Pura Vida!)

About Tara Edelschick

Right now, Tara is on sabbatical in Costa Rica. She is sleeping more, and exercising and flossing every day for the first time in her life. She is enjoying her husband, her boys, and Nafisa (the daughter she never had) more than she ever has. And she is learning to rest in the arms of the one who doesn't rank you based on how many things you can cross off your list at the end of the day. Follow her on Twitter@TaraWonders.

  • Wendy

    Very impressive! You must be an accomplished cook. Yesterday morning I learned to make microwave bacon for my niece. For me, that was a LOT of cooking! My niece liked the bacon and everything seemed fine. Then last night she started feeling sick. This morning I have to take her to the doctor. Maybe I should stick to making salad (no cooking involved).

  • Janis

    Oh my goodness – that sure looks yummy!!!