Arroz Con Pollo Vegano

As we bring in the new year many of us like to celebrate with family and friends. Figuring out what food to have for guests is always a challenge because sometimes (always lol) finger foods is just not enough to balance out the number of celebratory drinks being consumed on New Year’s Eve. If this sounds familiar, arroz con pollo vegano can be your solution.

This is my abuela’s go-to recipe for feeding large groups of people. It’s pretty much our version of a paella but without seafood of course. The recipe below serves four it is very simple to double or triple the amount! I used Gardein Chick’n Strips but if this is too pricey to buy for a bunch of possibly non-vegan, unappreciative dummies (Hispanic family and friends in my case haha), then just make it Arroz SIN Pollo! Chicken vegan or not is not needed for this dish to be delicious and filling!

Arroz con pollo 4 (1 of 1)

Arroz con pollo 12 (1 of 1)

Ingredients: 4 SERVINGS

  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 2 long green onions, white ends minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Sazon Goya packets
  • 2 cups white rice
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 tsp salt, more or less to taste
  • 1 (10 oz) bag frozen mixed veggies
  • 1 (10.5 oz) bag Gardein Chick’n Strips


  1. Pour olive oil over medium to large saucepan, add tomato and onions, allow to simmer over medium heat for 3 minutes
  2. Add 1 sazon goya packet, mix with tomato and onions and allow to simmer for 1 minute
  3. Add rice and stir thoroughly into tomato mixture, add salt and stir some more
  4. Add water and let it sit over medium to high heat until most of the water has evaporated
  5. Before it completely evaporates, add half a packet of sazon goya and stir
  6. Add frozen veggies and allow for the rest of the water to evaporate
  7. Now mix in all the veggies evenly throughout the rice
  8. Add 1/8 cup water more, cover saucepan, and change heat to low
  9. Let cook for 30-40 minutes or until all liquid has evaporated and rice is fluffy and a little sticky!
  10. If needed add more salt to taste
  11. Remove from heat
  12. Drizzle some olive oil in a skillet and spread with spatula so it’s all covered
  13. Throw Gardein Chick’n Strips on skillet
  14. Cook for 3-5 minutes
  15. Flip and allow to cook for another 3-5 minutes or until slightly golden-brown
  16. Cut into pieces and mix into rice
  17. Serve and enjoy!

Arroz con pollo 1 (1 of 1)

Arroz con pollo 8 (1 of 1)

As 2017 has come to a close I’d just like to say thank you to all of you who have followed my blogging journey since my start in August. I have had so much fun being creative and sharing recipes with everyone! I am excited for 2018 and have so much planned for Vegan Turned On so please stay tuned and get ready for an awesome year of vegan fooooood!

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Hello internet world! My name is Jess and I welcome you to my experimental, hopefully long-lasting and successful vegan food blog! Eleven months ago (September 2016), I made the decision to discontinue my carnivorous ways and change to a mostly plant-based diet. As a month or so past, I figured why not try this whole "vegan" thing and completely cut out not only flesh, but dairy, eggs, and any other animal bi-products from my diet and lifestyle. I am now coming up on a year since my journey began and I feel better than ever! This lifestyle choice is extremely beneficial for so many reasons including personal health, the environment and of course loving instead of eating and mistreating our fellow earthlings. Prior to making my positively life-changing decision I had always had the thought of doing it in the back of my mind. Coming from a Hispanic family and culture where multiple forms of meat are crucial to every meal, I never thought I could actually really commit to it long-term. Once I dove in to this challenge I realized it really wasn't even a massive challenge and every day after a delicious meal I thought to myself, "Hey this isn't bad at all!" The purpose of this blog is to highlight the abundance of vegan-friendly products that are out there and how I included them in my every day, easy to make meals during my transition and even now. I've always been a food lover and am eager to indulge in tasteful meals, snacks and desserts. So whether you are vegan already, interested in becoming one but don't know where to start, or you are just curious to experience the awesomeness of vegan foods, TURN ON your vegan self and check out these amazing options that are just waiting to be made by YOU!

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