Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (2024)

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Chicken thighs are nestled in Spanish-flavored rice with Spanish chorizo, green olives, and garbanzo beans for the ultimate one-pot meal.

I pretty much live at my local Smith’s Marketplace.

It’s where I shop for groceries for the blog, and for my family’s dinner. It’s where I buy all of the little green seedlings for my garden. It’s where I shop for hooks and screws, birdseed, my daughter’s never ending supply of footie golf socks, and fingernail polish.

I even fill up my car there. I mean, there’s no way I’m turning away that extra gas discount I get points for whenever I go through the checkout.Not to mention it’s only 1 mile away from my house. Cha-ching.

That’s why this year I’m beyond thrilled to be a Kroger blogging ambassador, where I will becreating and sharing recipes featuring all sorts of products from Krogergrocery stores for my family, and for yours.

We’re starting our year-long partnershipoff with a mega dose of Spanish-cha-chaflavor, and routing ourselves to the cuisine of Spain to celebrate Kroger’s Taste of Spain event beginning April 3. I’m sharing my version of Spanish Chicken withRice, traditionally called Arroz con Pollo, dosed up with the tang of authentic Spanish chorizo, saffron and green olives.

Spanish dancer emojiapproved! 💃💃💃💃💃

About the Recipe

This recipe is one of my favorite types of recipes. It’s a one pan cooker.

I hate doing dishes. That’s why I love recipes like this. And why I love eliciting my husband’s talents in the kitchen.He wanted to create. I gave him the keys. And this is his recipe. Thighs and all.

In this recipe weused bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs. If you prefer the boneless and skinless variety, go ahead and use them instead. The difference is mainly only in presentation. Sauté the chicken thighs in the pan to create a nice fond. What the heck is a fond? It’s the browned deliciousnessleft in thebottom of the pan after you’ve seared your meat. The stuff you pick at and eat because it’s ALL THE FLAVOR. Hold onto your fond. Hold tight. And deglaze.

Next we add even more flavor builders to the pan, the usual savory suspects: bell peppers. onions. garlic.

Rice is lightly browned in the pan before being doused with wine, chicken broth and diced tomatoes. I shopped my Kroger aisles for a selection of their Kroger brand and Simple Truth® brand for my mix.

What gives this dish it’s distinctly Spanish flavor are smoked paprika and saffron. Saffron can be a spendy ingredient but it also lasts for a really, really long time. I have a small box a friend’s father brought back to me from Spain over 12 years ago that we’rejust now finishing up. That’s not a bad return on investment.

Everything is combined in my dutch oven to keep that one-pot ju-ju going.

Weadded garbanzo beans and Spanish chorizo, sliced into coins. Spanish chorizo is a dry cured sausage with a flavorful kick. I most often find Mexican chorizo available but the difference lies in Spanish chorizo is more like a salami and Mexican chorizo is more like a loose sausage.

Look for the Spanish version of chorizo sausage for this recipe. During Kroger’s Taste of Spain event you’ll be abletofind the authentic Spanish chorizo and other Spanish productsin their stores for that authentic savory flavor.

Sauté the flavors. Add the seasonings. And then nestle those chicken thighs back in the mix and bake.

That’s when everything comes together in a perfect Spanish symphony.

The final step is adding green olives for pucker and fresh parsley for, well, freshness.

It’s a party in a pan.

You did see the Spanish dancing emoji, didn’t you???

Recipe Ideasto Serve With Your Chicken and Rice

This chicken and rice iscertainly filling enough, but sometimes you just need a drink, salad and that extra somethin’ somethin’ to complete the meal.

If you try this recipe, pleaselet me know! Leave a comment below,or take a photo and tag iton Instagram with #foodiecrusheats.

Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (8)


3.93 from 26 votes

Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe

Chicken thighs are nestled in Spanish-flavored rice with Spanish chorizo, green olives, and garbanzo beans for the ultimate one-pot meal.

Course Main Course

Cuisine Spanish

Keyword chicken and rice


  • 6 chicken thighs , skin-on and bone-in, about 4 pounds
  • 3 teaspoons kosher salt , divided
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper , divided
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper , seeded and chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper seeded and sliced
  • 1 medium yellow onion , peeled and chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic , minced
  • 2 cups Kroger long grain rice
  • 1 ½ cups white wine
  • 1 ½ cups Simply Organic chicken broth
  • 1 15- ounce can Kroger garbanzo beans , drained
  • 1 15- ounce can Kroger diced tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon saffron threads , crushed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 8 ounces Spanish chorizo , sliced into ¼” thick coins
  • ½ cup green olives , halved
  • ¼ cup Italian flat leaf parsley , chopped


  • Preheat the oven to 365 degrees F.

  • Season the chicken thighs with 1 teaspoon kosher salt and ½ teaspoon black pepper. Heat a dutch oven over medium high heat. When pan is hot, add the olive oil. Brown the chicken until golden brown, about 5 minutes on each side. Transfer the chicken to a platter and cover with foil to rest.

  • Add the red and green bell pepper and onion to the pan and cook for 4-5 minutes or until the vegetables soften, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute or until fragrant, stirring so the garlic doesn’t burn and become bitter. Add the rice and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the wine, chicken broth, garbanzo beans, diced tomatoes, smoked paprika, and the bay leaf. Stir in the saffron threads and the sliced chorizo and place the chicken back into the dutch oven, nestling the chicken pieces into the rice. Cover with a lid and bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until the chicken registers 165 degrees F and the rice has absorbed all of the liquid.

  • Stir in the green olives and garnish with flat leaf parsley. Serve and enjoy.

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  1. Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (15)David Bridges

    I have made something like that for several years now but I never thought about adding olives or chorizo. normally just add tomatoes and at the end I make gravy at the end.


  2. Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (17)sabrina

    Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (18)
    It was okay. I added a lot more seasonings to the chicken rather than just salt and pepper for more flavor.


    • Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (19)Ashley @ Foodie Crush

      YUM! I hope you enjoyed this meal.


  3. Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (20)CoCo

    Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (21)
    Came out fantastic! Out of this world! I added a chopped ancho chili. Mouth watering good!


    • Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (22)Heidi

      So glad you enjoyed CoCo!


  4. Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (23)Karen

    Is 365° correct? My oven has only 350° or 375°. Also, when do you add the remaining salt and pepper? And do you drain the can of tomatoes or add the juices to the pan?


  5. Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (24)Robyn

    I noticed the ingredients list calls for 3 tsp salt and 1 tsp pepper but in the recipe you only add 1 tsp salt and half of the pepper? It’s in the oven now, here’s hoping it’s as yummy as it looks :)


    • Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (25)Robyn

      Aaaand, yep, it is definitely as yummy as it looks, woohoo! Could have used the extra salt that I left out as I wasn’t sure. The olives absolutely make this dish and I’ll probably add a bit more heat next time but…. Delicious!! Thanks for the awesome recipe :)


  6. Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (26)Robert Smith

    Awesome post again. Love this site.Thanks


  7. Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (27)Gayle

    Need clarification on the chicken thighs amount. 6 thighs is about 1 pound here in Canada. Should I be using 4 pounds of thighs?


  8. Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (28)Edith l

    Made it tonight from a link on Facebook. It was great! Very paella like as expected. I love an easy one pot meal and also enjoyed the chick peas. I cooked a little longer. Was the 365 temperature correct?


  9. Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (29)Rosalie

    This has been in the oven at 365 for 40 mins and the rice is still crunchy, liquid still liquidy.


  10. Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (30)Odetta

    The color of this dish is great, and I should like it too. I haven’t eaten it for a long time


  11. Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (31)Tara

    Made this dish earlier this evening and loved it! Would you be so good as to tell the make and size of Dutch Oven you used for this dish (another poster asked also) as I’d like to purchase one for the next round of this delicious dish.


  12. Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (32)Gail

    P.S. I found my husband eating the left-overs for breakfast – and he HATES left-overs! This one is a winner!!!


  13. Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (33)Gail

    Heidi – I hate to see the negative responses. I tried this recipe and I think it is great! My husband LOVES it, and he is the pickiest eater on the planet!!! I did tweak it a little, tumeric instead of saffron ($$$), Andoulli instead of Chorizo, but it was great! I will try adding shrimp next time, too. I can’t wait to try some of your other recipes. Thanks for posting this one. I don’t care if it is “Spanish” or not. It was YUMMY!


  14. Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (34)Nate

    What kind of white wine?


  15. Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (36)elizabeth@top cookware online

    Wow, this is ridiculously like the Vietnamese dish com ga (translated to chicken rice)… same cooking methods, slightly different ingredients.
    For instance, we also stir fry the wok, and boil the chicken, but we will season the chicken with fish sauce, sugar, scallions and no soy sauce nor sesame oil. The chicken is also simmered with ginger like this recipe.
    The main sauce is nuoc mam gung or a ginger fish sauce mixture… amazing how Asian cultures and recipes are the same, just treated with local ingredients.


  16. Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (37)Cathy

    Made this dish this evening fantastic. I added shrimp and it was awesome. Reminded my son of time spent in Barcelona.


    • Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (38)heidi

      Oh wow! Adding shrimp sounds delish. Thanks Cathy!


      • Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (39)Laurie

        Reminds me of paella. Or Arrozo con pollo my DIL makes.
        I used black beans and cooked chicken Italian sausage. House smells amazing…can’t wait to eat it!!!


  17. Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (40)Cheryl

    Can you give me the nutrition facts for this recipe?


  18. Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (41)Isabel Saez

    Maybe this dish tastes very good. Maybe the colours remind all of you about Spanish dishes, but I assure you that this is not a Spanish dish. As I told once to someone, paprika alone does not make a Spanish dish, nor saffron, not even “chorizo”. It’s also the way of cooking. Just like it does not make an Indian dish simply adding curry.
    A basic thing in our dishes is the so-called “sofrito”. First, brown the meat, whatever kind of you’re using -lamb, veal, pork, chicken…-. Then, meat is putted away and in the same oil -olive oil, of course- you start roasting onion, adding after, not at the same time, garlic, and TOMATO. The tomato’s water prevents burning the garlic When the “sofrito” is ready, add the bay leaf and the rice -other vegetables too, as peppers, artichokes, green peas, etc.-, and proceed as you described.
    Moreover, it’s not very common to cook a dish like this in the oven but directly to the gas flame. It does not mean that it could not be done, just that this is not the most common way of cooking a dish like this in Spain.
    When making paella or any other type of a rice dish, it’s cooked in the burners and just at the end, if you wish it, it’s put in the oven to give a crunchy touch on top.
    Mediterraneans are very fond of our cooking and it’s like an art, known as slow food, very precise in the art of adding each ingredient to get the best possible taste to every dish.


    • Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (42)Brenda

      This was very helpful


  19. Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (43)Lauren

    Can I just come over for dinner every night? SERIOUSLY tho.


  20. Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (44)Mrs.Jaimez



  21. Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (45)Mrs.Jaimez

    What size dutch oven sis you use??


  22. Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (46)Trina

    just made this last night. EXCELLENT!!!! thanks for the recipe.


  23. Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (48)Kristi

    We just made this tonight and absolutely loved it. I had to make a few changes just because I didn’t have everything. Unfortunately, we just used up our big batch of chicken thighs for our new tagine recipes and had to use our two chicken breasts. We had no saffron and no few olives. So used kalamative olives and very good. I messed up alittle on the liquid to rice ratio, because we halved if from the recipe. But that’s ok. Will have that fixed for next time. I’m so glad I found this. Hubby usually makes chicken and chorizo dish and now I can make this one. Is this a good thing or a bad thing?


  24. Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (49)Kitty

    This looks so delicious and hearty! And beautiful!


  25. Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (50)Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

    So many flavors going on… it’s all bringing me back to when I visited Spain many years ago. Thanks for bringing me back!!


  26. Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (51)Gina @ Running to the Kitchen

    This brings me right back to when I lived in Spain in college, so much amazing flavor and color in this dish!


    • Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (53)fulanito

      this has nothing to do with any Spanish recipe.


      • Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (54)DonnaB

        Can I get your authentic Spanish rice recipe? I’d love to know your recipe so I can try it


  27. Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (55)Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    I seriously want to inhale this meal! Killer flavors, chicken has never looked better!


  28. Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (56)Lynne Feifer

    Congratulations on your ambassadorship, Heidi! We have a Kroger/Fry’s Marketplace near us and I love them!
    Kudos to your husband on his work in the kitchen. This is a great recipe! I love that it’s a win-win being a one pot meal and such a showstopper!


  29. Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (57)Breanne

    This looks lovely. Alot of my family live in Spain so I’ve had the luxury of eating loads of Spanish style food. Saffron is so expensive though and I’d probably add it to all my meals. Do you think you could make it without saffron? You know, weight for weight tgat stuffs more expensive than gold xxx


    • Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (58)Shelly

      You can substitute 1/4 teaspoon turmeric and 1/2 teaspoon paprika for saffron! (then just add the amount of those two mixed together that the recipe calls for to the pan)


  30. Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (59)Bobbie

    Except for the garbanzos and saffron it sounds like jambalaya!


    • Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (60)heidi

      It’s similar for sure, but also has the tang of olives and the smokiness of the chorizo. And the whole chicken thighs, they’re delicious!


  31. Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (61)Gaby Dalkin

    One pot wonder!! This looks SO good, it wouldn’t last long with my family.


  32. Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (62)Dini



  33. Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (63)Rondi

    Why does iake 20 sheets of paper to print one recipe? I will never print another one!


    • Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (64)Chellee

      If you highlight just the recipe..then cut and past, you will only need one page.. Just a suggestion!


      • Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (65)Chellee

        Sorry I mean “Cut and Paste”


    • Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (66)heidi

      Sorry about the wasted paper Rondi, it prints on one page for me. Maybe there’s something in your set-up?


      • Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (67)Sherry Lynn

        Goodness gracious Heidi You are so kind and have the patience of saints. Lovely.


  34. Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (68)jeri

    Arroz con Pollo is a favorite at my house, and I love your addition of chick peas. I never thought of that. Can’t wait to try it.


    • Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (69)heidi

      I love the extra texture the chickpeas give to the dish. Thanks Jeri.


      • Spanish Chicken and Rice Recipe | (70)DonnaB

        It’s awesome without the gritty chick pea texture.


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