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Miami-Dade's Arroz Con Pollo (Chicken and Rice Pilau)

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Penny Parham, is the Administrative Director for the Department of Food and Nutrition at Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami, Florida (the 4th largest district in the US). She brings us one of her students’ favorite dishes, Arroz con Pollo! Miami is a melting pot of ethnicities, serving the Caribbean, Central and South Americas as a point of entry into the United States, and resulting in diverse food preferences and cultures to please in their school food and nutrition program. A winning menu item, students in Miami-Dade enjoy this version of “home cooking” at school, offered with baked sweet plantains and tossed green salad made from a mixture of romaine and spinach leaves, commenting “ Muy delicioso!”


Pan size: 12 x 12 x 2-1/2
Pans required: 3

  1. Melt Margarine.
  2. Lightly oil 12 X 20 X 2-1/2 serving pan(s).
  3. Place 1 pound of uncooked rice into each 12 X 20 X 2-1/2 serving pan and 5 pounds of Chicken.
  4. Clean and chop green pepper and onions. 
  5. Add the following amounts to each pan with rice and chicken:
    1.  12 oz. chopped green pepper
    2. 1 cup Loosely chopped Cilantro
    3. 1 oz. Egg shell coloring
    4. 1 lbs. Chopped onion
    5. 2 tsp. Poultry seasoning
    6. 4 oz. Chicken Base
    7. 4 oz. Margarine
    8. Water
    9. 1 quart of rice and chicken in each pan
  6. Mix well.
  7. Place parchment paper over each pan(s). Then seal each pan tightly with foil.

Oven Instructions:
Bake at 375°F for 50 minutes then check for doneness.

Steamer Instructions:
Steam 35 to 45 minutes

HACCP Procedures: Hold at 140°F degrees or higher for service

Additional Serving Suggestions

1 #6 scoop = 2 M/MA

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Recipe yield: 3.89 lb

Servings per pan: 30
Portion size: 1 #6 scoop

  • 15 lbs. Chicken, Diced, USDA
  • 3 lbs. Brown Rice, Parboiled
  • 2 lbs., 4 oz. Peppers, Green – Chopped
  • 3 lbs. Onions, Fresh – Chopped
  • 3 cups Cilantro, Chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. Poultry Seasoning
  • 12 oz. Base, Chicken
  • 12 oz. Margarine
  • 3 Qts. Water
  • 3 oz. Color, Egg Shade