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Costa Rican Rice with Chicken (Arroz con Pollo)

Arroz con pollo is a staple of Costa Rican cuisine. Go to any restaurant in any other country that boasts food from this small Central American country and you’re bound to find arroz con pollo on the menu.

The famous rice with chicken dish is such a bread-and-butter dish down there that everybody has their own take on it. In fact, you may never have the same recipe twice.

But among the recipes that originate in Costa Rica, some stand out to consistently impress travelers from all over the world, and the Ylang Ylang Restaurant & Bar at Ylang Ylang Beach Resort on Playa Montezuma in Puntarenas is one of them.

This restaurant constantly gets good reviews for a number of reasons, one of them being award-winning customer service, but another being their tried and true arroz con pollo. Their world-class chef sprinkles a little extra touch to every aspect of what could otherwise be a plain dish, and the result is a delicious meal packed with flavor.

And now, they’ve been gracious enough to share their recipes with us. See below for Ylang Ylang Beach Resort’s famous arroz con pollo:

ARROZ CON POLLO (Costa Rican rice with chicken)

Makes one serving of arroz con pollo


1/2 cup of cooked white rice

1/4 cup of chopped red pepper

1/4 cup of chopped white onion

1/8 cup of chopped celery

1/16 cup of chopped cilantro

1 cup of chopped cooked chicken breast

1/16 cup of pepper

1 tablespoon of soy sauce

Saute onions, celery, and red pepper

Add the chicken until it browns a bit

Add rice, soy sauce, pepper and cilantro

Mix all ingredients together until rice is a little toasted

For this and other world-class menu offerings (including vegan and gluten-free options), be sure to book a stay at Ylang Ylang Beach Resort when visiting Costa Rica!

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