Fragrant turmeric and saffron rice cooked with chicken and some peas to add texture and color, and all in one pot for more flavor and less cleanup. The perfect one-pot chicken meal.
Chicken with yellow rice also known as Arroz con Pollo is a classic recipe from Spain and Latin America. This is my Arabic version of the recipe inspired by my mom. We love anything and everything yellow rice and this one is a complete meal by itself. Have some salad on the side and dinner is served.
- In a pot over medium-high heat, heat oil then add seasoned chicken. Cook on both sides until white. Remove from heat and set aside.
- In the same pot add the remaining oil and saute onions for 2 minutes then stir in garlic for another 30 seconds. Remove pot from heat.
- Add rice and spices to the pot.
- Mix well to combine until all the spices are evenly distributed.
- Mix in frozen peas.
- Arrange the chicken pieces over the rice.
- Pour chicken broth and boiling water, cover, and bake in the oven until done.
- Take out of the oven, let it rest for 10 minutes then fluff with a spatula.
What kind of chicken cut to use?
This recipe is so forgiving, meaning you can use whatever chicken you have. In my home my kids prefer chicken tenders but you can use chicken breast, thighs, drumsticks, you can use boneless or bone-in chicken. Make sure to adjust cooking time accordingly.
What type of rice to use?
I prefer Basmati or Jasmine and I remember my mom cooking it with short grain rice too. So use whatever you have but just adjust the water level of course.
Try making this a new recipe each time. Change the chicken type or make it meatless. Experiment with vegetables to add like carrots, green beans, any type of beans, add diced bell peppers.. etc.
You are going to love this easy chicken and yellow rice recipe especially in busy days. If you do not want it baked, you can for sure finish it off on the stove top or use your rice cooker. When making it in a rice cooker make sure your chicken is halfway done especially if you are using bone-in chicken.
Chicken and yellow rice
- A pinch of saffron threads.
- ¼ cup hot water.
- 4 Tablespoons olive oil divided.
- 1 pound Chicken tenders. About 6 pieces.
- Salt and pepper.
- 1 onion (200g) , diced.
- 2 garlic cloves minced.
- 1 ½ cups (300g) basmati rice.
- 1 ½ teaspoon turmeric powder.
- 1 teaspoon salt or to taste.
- ½ teaspoon paprika.
- 1 cup 130g frozen peas.
- 1 ½ cups chicken broth.
- 1 cup boiling water.
- In a small bowl, soak saffron threads in ¼ boiling water.
- Sprinkle some salt and black pepper to season chicken on both sides.
- In a pot over medium-high heat, pour two tablespoons of olive oil and heat.
- Add chicken tenders and lightly brown on both sides. Remove and set aside.
- In the same pot add remaining oil sauté onions for 2 minutes.
- Add garlic and sauté for another 30 seconds.
- Turn heat off and remove the pot from heat.
- Preheat your oven to 350F.
- If your pot can go to the oven continue with the recipe in the pot otherwise empty pot into a baking dish.
- Add rice, turmeric, paprika, salt and the saffron with its water.
- Mix them all well.
- Mix in frozen peas and return chicken to the pot.
- Pour in chicken broth and boiling water. With a spoon try to mix everything so the chicken is covered with the cooking liquids.
- Cover and bake in the middle rack of your oven for 30-40 minutes.
- Let it rest for 10 minutes then fluff with a rubber spatula.
Can the whole thing just be cooked on the stovetop and bypass the oven completely?
I haven't tried it that way but I do not see why not. The oven gives it a specia smell though.
Mine hadn’t even started boiling when I opened the lid at 30 min. Maybe there should be instructions to thaw the peas first?
Samantha, I cannot imagine how just one cup of frozen peas would cause this not to boil after 30 minutes in the oven regarding that we are using boiling water and the pot is already hot!
Recipe was perfect. My husband was totally against this at first but then after he tried it, he loved it. I’m also happy my daughter can have extra veggies with her meal. Overall, another hit recipe and very easy to make
The taste is great. I had to substitute extra turmeric and paprika for the saffron as I was out. Unfortunately the rice is still hard. Suggestions?
Ramina, it is recommended to use 1:1.5 basmati rice to liquid ratio. I've used a little bit more for the chicken and vegetables to be cooked thoroughly. If your rice is still not cooked to your liking try adding a bit more water or chicken stock and cook it on your stove until it reaches your desired texture. I hope this helps. Thanks