Low Carb Arroz Con Pollo Recipe

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This low carb arroz con pollo recipe is a healthy version of the classic spanish chicken and rice dish.

Low Carb Arroz Con Pollo Recipe

I have so many good memories of arroz con pollo! I won’t go into details, but I will tell you that this is a childhood favorite that I’m thrilled I can pass down to my kids. 

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Low Carb Arroz Con Pollo Recipe

You are going to enjoy my version of arroz con pollo. I made a few changes to make it fit in my keto lifestyle and my kids still love it! 

Easy Low-Carb Arroz Con Pollo Recipe

This is a classic Latino dish that I made low-carb and it tastes just like the real thing. I’m really proud of how this turned out and you will be too. 

Low Carb Arroz Con Pollo Recipe

So many of my favorite recipes from my childhood involved either tortillas or rice – not exactly keto-friendly! Thankfully, with a few simple swaps, we can all still enjoy these scrumptious dinners. 

What Is Arroz Con Pollo? 

I grew up having this as the main holiday dish. It’s a lot like paella. It also goes by different names like locrio de pollo, lokri, or locreo. It either came from Spain or Puerto Rico – people debate that all the time. 

Low Carb Arroz Con Pollo Recipe

It’s basically a skillet recipe made with chicken, rice, and a special blend of spices. My family used to make it during big holiday meals, but it’s easy to serve at any time of year. 

How To Make Cauliflower Arroz Con Pollo

This is a keto rice and chicken dish so I basically swapped the rice for cauliflower rice. The rest of the ingredients are basically the same. It has the same seasoning as the original. 

Low Carb Arroz Con Pollo Recipe

I grew up with Sazon seasoning and used it in this dish too. It’s basically a combination of different seasonings.  It uses:  coriander, cumin, turmeric , garlic powder, oregano, salt and pepper.

Low Carb Arroz Con Pollo Recipe

What’s In Low-Carb Arroz Con Pollo

Here’s what I used in my keto-friendly version, along with any substitutions you can make. 

  • Chicken Thighs – The dark meat is the traditional way, but you can use bite-sized pieces of chicken breast instead. 
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Onion – Any type of onion works, I love red or yellow onion in it.
  • Red Bell Pepper – The red bell pepper has the most flavor, but yellow or green peppers taste delicious in it too.
  • Garlic Powder – Don’t use garlic salt, use garlic powder. If you use garlic salt, just omit the salt from the recipe.
  • OreganoFresh is always best, but dried oregano works too.
  • GarlicUse fresh minced garlic 
  • Cilantro – Omit this if you don’t like the taste of cilantro
  • Avocado OilSubstitute olive oil if you don’t have avocado oil.
  • Tomato Paste
  • Sazon Seasoning
  • Cauliflower Rice – Use frozen. You can make your own but it takes much longer. 
  • Chicken Broth

How To Serve It 

Since this is an entire meal in one skillet, you don’t need very many side dishes around it. Serve it with some slices of avocado and a green salad. 

Don’t forget the hot sauce! I love adding a few dashes to spice up the meal! 

Easy Keto-Friendly Dinner Idea

My entire family loved this recipe and I know yours will too! You can make the entire thing in one skillet, which makes it a really simple keto-friendly dinner idea. No more making one dish for then and something else for you! 

Low Carb Arroz Con Pollo Recipe

Low-Carb Arroz Con Pollo Recipe

Below are the ingredients you’ll need to make this recipe. Exact measurements are located within the recipe card below.

Ingredients 

Chicken thighs
Salt
Pepper 
Onion
Red bell pepper
Garlic powder
Oregano
Garlic minced
Cilantro
Avocado oil
Water
Tomato paste
Sazon seasoning
Frozen cauliflower rice
Chicken broth

 

Directions

Season chicken with 1/4 tsp salt, garlic powder, oregano, and pepper.

Heat the skillet on medium heat and add 1/2 tsp of oil. 

Low Carb Arroz Con Pollo Recipe

Saute chicken until they’re brown on both sides. Remove chicken from skillet and set aside.

Low Carb Arroz Con Pollo Recipe

Wipe down skillet and add remaining oil, peppers, garlic, cilantro, and onion.

Low Carb Arroz Con Pollo Recipe

Saute for a few minutes. Add water, tomato paste, Sazon, and 1/4 tsp salt.

Low Carb Arroz Con Pollo Recipe

Return chicken to skillet and cook on medium heat for 15 minutes.

Stir and turn chicken and cook for another 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Remove chicken from skillet and set aside.

Low Carb Arroz Con Pollo Recipe

Add Riced cauliflower to the same skillet and turn heat to medium-high and saute for a few minutes. Stir in chicken broth and bring to a simmer.

Low Carb Arroz Con Pollo Recipe

Return chicken back to skillet and simmer until liquid has reduced and chicken is heated through.10. Garnish with extra cilantro 

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LOW CARB ARROZ CON POLLO RECIPE

This low carb arroz con pollo recipe is a healthy version of the classic spanish chicken and rice dish.

Course dinner
Cuisine spanish
Keyword LOW CARB ARROZ CON POLLO RECIPE
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 247 kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 bone-in chicken thighs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 1/3 cup  onion
  • 1/3 cup red bell pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp cilantro, chopped’
  • 1 tbsp  avocado oil
  • 1/2 cup  water
  • 1 tbsp  tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp Sazon seasoning
  • 12 oz  bag of frozen cauliflower rice
  • 1 tbsp chicken broth

Instructions

  1. Season chicken with 1/4 tsp salt, garlic powder, oregano, and pepper.

  2.  Heat the skillet on medium heat and add 1/2 tsp of oil.

  3. Saute chicken until browned on both sides. Remove chicken from skillet and set aside.

  4. Wipe down skillet and add remaining oil, peppers, garlic, cilantro, and onion.

  5.  Saute for a few minutes. Add water, tomato paste, Sazon, and 1/4 tsp salt.

  6. Return chicken to skillet and cook on medium heat for 15 minutes.

  7.  Stir and turn chicken and cook for another 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Remove chicken from skillet and set aside.

  8. Add Riced cauliflower to the same skillet and turn heat to medium-high and saute for a few minutes. Stir in chicken broth and bring to a simmer.

  9. Return chicken back to skillet and simmer until liquid has reduced and chicken is heated through.

  10. Garnish with extra cilantro

Recipe Notes

Calories: 245
Net Carbs:  9 g

The nutritional information for this recipe is calculated as a courtesy and is an approximate only. I cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipes on this site.

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