Recipe By Jacques Pepin
Published Apr 4th
Chicken and Rice with Cumin and Cilantro
Prep 30m Cook 53m Additional - Ready In 1h 23m
Servings 8 servings Calories 388.4

Chicken with rice, or arroz con pollo, is a staple at our house. This dish is highly seasoned with cumin, ginger, garlic, and a great deal of cilantro. We like it best when it is made with chicken wings.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 20 chicken wings, tips removed and sections separated
  • 2 ½ cups coarsely chopped onions
  • ¼ cup coarsely chopped garlic
  • ¼ cup chopped peeled ginger
  • 2 cups long-grain white rice
  • 1 ½ tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 ½ cups water
  • 2 cups chopped cilantro stems, divided
  • 1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha sauce
  • 2 ½ teaspoons salt

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Heat olive oil in a pot large enough to hold chicken wings in a single layer. Add chicken wings; cook until browned, about 8 minutes. Turn wings with tongs; cook until second side is browned, about 8 minutes more. Transfer to a bowl using tongs.
  2. 2 Stir onions, garlic, and ginger into the drippings in the pot; cook until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in rice and cumin. Add water, 1 1/2 cup cilantro stems, tomatoes, sriracha sauce, and salt.
  3. 3 Return wings to the pot. Bring broth to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until rice and wings are tender, about 30 minutes. Garnish with remaining 1/2 cup cilantro stems.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 388.4
  • Carbohydrate 46.3 g
  • Cholesterol 40.3 mg
  • Fat 13.8 g
  • Fiber 2.5 g
  • Protein 18.1 g
  • Saturated Fat 3.3 g
  • Sodium 937.4 mg
  • Sugar 3.6 g

Chef's Notes

If you buy whole wings, remove the tips and save them for stock; cut the remaining sections apart so you have two meaty pieces. In my market, I can usually buy my wings already trimmed; From "Poulets and Legumes: My Favorite Chicken & Vegetable Recipes" (2016) by Jacques Pepin. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Rux Martin Books. All rights reserved.


  1. Wow really good!! Loved the bursting flavor!!
  2. Wow! This is a real winner! Followed the recipe to the letter, except substituted tenders because I had them on hand. Cooked 3 mins. on each side, instead of 8. Did the whole thing in an electric frying pan. Everybody in the family absolutely loved it!
  3. Amazing!! Few changes I made...I used 3 chicken breasts (sliced) and added chicken stock when cooking.
  4. I was looking for a recipe which used cilantro. This was delicious. I did it set tomato sauce as I didn't have any chopped tomatoes. I will make it again.
  5. So incredibly satisfying! It might sound like a lot of cumin, but the other ingredients mellow that assertive spice out. A quick and easy winner, winner chicken dinner!!