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Instant Pot Arroz Con Pollo

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Dive into the rich tapestry of Latin flavors with our Instant Pot Arroz con Pollo – where tradition meets modern convenience! Imagine tender chicken, aromatic spices, and perfectly seasoned rice, all coming together in a symphony of taste and texture.

In the blink of an eye, your Instant Pot will transport you to the heart of a cozy Latin kitchen. Say goodbye to the lengthy cooking process and embrace the simplicity of creating this classic dish. Get ready for a fiesta of flavors – the Instant Pot way!

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • One-Pot Wonder: Arroz con pollo combines chicken and rice in one pot for easy cleanup.
  • Flavorful and Hearty: The blend of spices creates a satisfying, comforting meal.
  • Time-Saving: The Instant Pot significantly reduces the cooking time for this classic dish.

Recipe Ingredients

Here are the ingredients for this Puerto Rican easy one pot meal.

  • Boneless Chicken Tenders: Provide the protein base for the dish, adding a savory flavor.
  • Paprika: Adds a warm, smoky note and a vibrant reddish color to the chicken.
  • Salt and Pepper: Enhance the flavors of the dish and bring out the natural taste of the ingredients.
  • Olive Oil: Adds a rich, fruity flavor to the dish.
  • Onion, Green Pepper, and Red Bell Pepper: Add depth and sweetness to the dish, balancing the flavors.
  • Minced Garlic: Provides a pungent, savory flavor that enhances the overall taste of the dish.
  • Basmati Rice: Cooks up fluffy and absorbs all the flavorful juices.
  • Chicken Broth or Chicken Stock: Provides a savory base for cooking the rice and infuses it with rich flavor.
  • Saffron: Adds a distinct, aromatic flavor and a beautiful golden hue to the dish.
  • Curry: Adds a complex blend of spices, bringing warmth and depth of flavor to the dish.
  • Frozen Mixed Vegetables: Add color, texture, and a variety of nutrients to the dish.
  • Green Onions: Used as a garnish, add a fresh, mild onion flavor and a pop of green color to the finished dish.
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How to Make Instant Pot Arroz Con Polo?

Step One: Turn Saute Function On

Turn on the Instant Pot ON and select “sauté”. Add half the olive oil. 

Step Two: Saute Chicken

Add the diced chicken and paprika to inner pot and cook for 5 – 8 minutes until lightly browned.

Step Three: Saute Onions and Peppers

Remove the chicken from the Instant Pot and set to the side. Add half of the olive oil, onions, peppers and garlic to the inner pot. Saute for 3-5 minutes, stirring often.

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Step Four: Add Rice, Saffron and Vegetables

Next add the chicken broth, rice, saffron, frozen vegetables, and reserved chicken to a pan and mix to combine. Then saute for 5 minutes.

Step Five: Pressure Cook

Secure the Instant Pot lid and select a manual cooking time of 10 minutes at high-pressure cook on pressure. Pressure release on its own for 10 minutes.

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Step Six: Quick Release Pressure

Turn the valve to the Vent to release pressure. Then remove the lid. Press “cancel”. Garnish with diced onions.

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Step Seven: Garnish and Serve

Garnish your Instant Pot Arroz Con Pollo with fresh cilantro. Chopped cilantro adds a nice freshness to the dish. Enjoy!

The next time you don’t want to spend too much time cooking, but want a delicious meal, make this easy Arroz Con Pollo Instant Pot dish. This is one Instant pot meal you don’t want to miss out on. 

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Cooking Tips

  • Optimal Liquid Ratio: Ensure the right liquid-to-rice ratio for perfectly cooked arroz con pollo. Follow the Instant Pot guidelines for rice, typically using a slightly reduced amount of liquid compared to traditional stovetop methods.

Variations

  • Protein: If you don’t have chicken on hand, feel free to use any protein that you have on hand. Shrimp, pork, or beef all work well in this Instant Pot Arroz Con Pollo dish. Be sure to add bite-sized pieces of meat when adding extra protein to this dish.
  • Vegetables: You can also add extra vegetables, such as zucchini, mushrooms, or tofu for added protein.

Storage & Reheating Instructions

Fridge: Arroz Con Pollo leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Freeze: Arroz Con Pollo can be frozen for up to 2 months in an airtight container.

Reheat: This rice recipe can be reheated on the stovetop or in the microwave.

What to Serve With This Recipe

This Instant Pot Arroz Con Pollo dish is a complete meal on its own, but you can also serve it with a side salad or some plantains for added flavor.

  • Black Beans: A classic and hearty side that complements the flavors of arroz con pollo.
  • Fried Plantains: Sweet and savory, fried plantains with hot sauce add a delicious contrast to the dish.
  • Simple Salad: A light salad with fresh greens, tomatoes, and a citrus vinaigrette provides a refreshing accompaniment.
  • Avocado Slices: Creamy avocado slices and sour cream add a cool and creamy element to balance the warmth of the arroz con pollo.
  • Cilantro-Lime Rice: Enhance the rice component with a side of cilantro-lime-infused rice for an extra burst of flavor.
  • Grilled Vegetables: A medley of grilled vegetables, such as bell peppers and zucchini, offers a vibrant and nutritious addition to this delicious recipe.

FAQ’S

What Is Arroz Con Pollo?

Arroz Con Pollo translates to rice and chicken. It’s a very traditional dish in Latin American countries and Spain, but each country has their own variation. This dish includes chicken breast, rice and veggies!

In Puerto Rico, it’s very common to see this dish prepared with a sofrito base (an aromatic mixture of diced onions, peppers, and garlic) and tomato sauce or tomato paste. The traditional Puerto Rican Arroz Con Pollo also includes olives, capers, and cilantro.

How to Pronounce Arroz Con Pollo?

Arroz Con Pollo is pronounced as ah-rohs con poh-yo

Can I Use Chicken Thighs In Arroz Con Pollo?

Yes, whilst this particular arroz con pollo recipe uses chicken tenders you can easily switch these out for skinless chicken thighs or even boneless skinless chicken breasts.

Chicken thighs or breasts would need to be cooked the same way the tenders are cooked in this recipe – sauteed at the start.

You could choose to use rotisserie chicken or seasoned chicken which has been cooked if you prefer – simply skip the saute step and transfer chicken once the veggies are cooked.

Can I Use Bone in Chicken?

Whilst this Instant Pot Arroz Con Pollo recipe calls for boneless chicken, you can also use bone-in chicken thighs or breasts. Just note that cooking time may vary slightly as the Instant Pot will take longer to come to pressure with the added weight of the bones.

Best Rice For Arroz Con Pollo

This Puerto Rican Arroz Con Pollo uses basmati rice , but feel free to use any type of rice that you have on hand. Just make sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly.

Jasmine, brown rice or long-grain white rice will work well in this dish. Long grain rice may require a couple extra minutes of cook time, whilst brown rice will need about 10 additional minutes of cook time and double the liquid.

Can I Double This Recipe?

Yes, this Instant Pot Arroz Con Pollo recipe can easily be doubled or even tripled. Be sure not to exceed the maximum fill line on your Instant Pot and adjust cooking time accordingly when you pressure cook.

Can I Add Diced Tomatoes to This Dish?

Some countries, such as Mexico, may add diced tomatoes to their Instant Pot Arroz Con Pollo dish for a slight acidity and added flavor. Feel free to add canned diced tomatoes or fresh diced tomatoes to your Instant Pot Arroz Con Pollo dish if desired.

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Instant Pot Arroz Con Pollo

Yield: 5-6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

This Instant Pot Recipe is a perfect dish if you are looking for a fusion of Spain and Latin America dish.

Ingredients

  • 5-6 boneless chicken tenders
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 cup green pepper, diced
  • 1 cup red pepper, diced
  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic
  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp.saffron
  • ½ tsp. Curry
  • 1 bag of frozen mixed vegetables (corn, carrots, peas and green beans)
  • Green onions

Instructions

  1. Turn on the Instant Pot ON and select “sauté”. Add half the olive oil. Add the diced chicken and cook for 5 – 8 minutes. 
  2. Remove chicken from the Instant Pot and set to the side. Add half of the olive oil, onion, peppers, garlic. Sauté’ 3-5 minutes, stirring often.
  3. Add the chicken broth, rice, saffron, frozen vegetables, and cooked chicken. Mix to combine. Sauté for 5 minutes.
  4. Secure the lid to the Instant Pot. Select manual cooking time to 10 minutes. Pressure release on its own for 10 minutes.
  5. Turn the valve to Vent to release pressure. Then remove the lid. Press “cancel”. Garnish with diced onions.

Notes

Optimal Liquid Ratio: Ensure the right liquid-to-rice ratio for perfectly cooked arroz con pollo. Follow the Instant Pot guidelines for rice, typically using a slightly reduced amount of liquid compared to traditional stovetop methods.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 582Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 156mgSodium: 828mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 55g

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So if you had one dish to make ever, this is the one – this delicious Arroz Con Pollo Instant Pot dish! Your family will be asking you for seconds and thirds and it’ll soon turn into a family favorite. Pressure cooking has never been easier!

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3 Comments

  1. Never tried cooking this dish using my instant pot…I cooked it over the stovetop, Puerto Rican style, which I used sofrito, pimiento-stuffed olives, capers, lots of fresh cilantro and of course, saźon seasoning. It’s amazing that your rice came out so fluffy. I tried cooking rice in my IP and the results was very disappointing…rice too mushy and end up using that rice for cooking chicken porridge. Will try your recipe with my IP. Thank you for sharing your recipes.

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