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Chilean Pea Chicken with Rice Recipe
Chilean Pea Chicken with Rice Recipe

This Chilean pea chicken or chicken arvejado recipe is a classic in every Chilean family, recognized as a typical “grandmother’s recipe,” evoking the best of home cooking while always bringing a touch of originality, flavor, and color to the table.

How to Make Chilean Pea Chicken?

The Chilean pea chicken recipe is made with very accessible, economical, and quick-to-prepare ingredients, using your preferred cuts of chicken. It’s a staple in restaurants and homes at lunchtime throughout Chile.

Nutritional Information

Category: Main Dishes
Cuisine: Chilean
Calories: 350
Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 people

Grandmother’s Pea Chicken Recipe


  • 1 whole chicken, cut into pieces
  • 3 tablespoons of oil
  • 2 cups of green peas
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ green bell pepper, cut into strips
  • ½ red bell pepper, cut into strips
  • ½ cup white wine
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. Wash the chicken pieces in cold water without removing the skin, pat dry with paper towels, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  2. In a large pot, add the oil and heat over medium heat, incorporate the chicken pieces and sear until golden brown on both sides. Remove and set aside.
  3. In the same pot and using the same oil, reduce to medium heat and add the chopped onions, carrots, and bell peppers. Sauté until the onion is translucent and the vegetables are cooked, about 10 minutes. Add the bay leaf and stir gently to incorporate the aromas and flavors.
  4. Reincorporate the chicken into the pot, add the peas, water, and white wine. Taste and adjust seasoning, bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, and cook for 20 to 30 minutes or until the peas and chicken are well cooked.
  5. Serve the pea chicken immediately, hot, optionally accompanied by steamed rice, French fries, or salads of all kinds.

Tips for Perfect Pea Chicken

If using frozen chicken pieces, make sure to thaw them completely before starting the preparation.

Whenever possible, use fresh vegetables, which undoubtedly adds an additional touch of flavor to the dish.

Did You Know?

Pea chicken is considered a typically Chilean dish, very popular in the central area of the country, but its preparation has now widely spread even to other Latin American countries.


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