Arroz con Pollo

By June 28, 2012

Submitted by Dana.

Ingredients: Serves: 6 – 8

12 boneless, skinless chicken thighs


  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh minced oregano or 1 tablespoon dried
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice


  • 3 – 4 cloves garlic
  • ½ medium yellow onion, coarsely chopped
  • ½ medium green bell pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped
  • 1 large handful cilantro
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper


  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, small diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and small diced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon minced fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 28 ounce can Muir Glen Organic Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes, with liquid
  • 5 cups organic chicken stock (preferably homemade)
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 cups long grain brown rice
  • 1 ½ cups Spanish Olives
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive brine



1.     Combine olive oil, garlic, sea salt, pepper, oregano, cumin and lime in a large non-reactive bowl or zip top bag. Add the chicken and coat evenly with the marinade. Let marinade for at least one hour up to overnight. Stir occasionally.


2.     Combine garlic, onion, green bell pepper, cilantro, sea salt and pepper in a food processor and process until smooth.


3.     Heat the inner liner of the Instant Pot on “Sauté” setting. Melt coconut oil. Remove chicken from the marinade, save any leftovers, brown the chicken in batches for about 5 minutes on each side, until golden brown. Transfer chicken to a plate and set aside.

4.    Add onion, red bell pepper, cumin and oregano. Sauté until just tender, about 5 minutes.

5.     Stir in the sofrito and sauté another 3 minutes. Add any leftover marinade, diced tomatoes, stock, and sea salt; simmer for 2 minutes.

6.     Stir in the rice, olives and brine. Add the browned chicken pieces to the pot.

7.     Place the lid on the pressure cooker and lock into place. Press the Meat/Stew Button; adjust time so that the pressure time is at 15 minutes. When done and pressure has naturally released, remove lid.

8.     Serve.

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11 Responses to “Arroz con Pollo”

  1. Helen says:

    Hi I have found that browning stuff in the pot does take too long so I brown it in a larger pan and then use liquid to get all the goodness from the browning pan and add to the I-pot so all the flavor is there but it reduces the time by a lot.


  2. selma says:

    WOndering if you have tried arroz con gandules? if so can you share the recipe, i just bought an instant pot and I am in love~


  3. Anne says:

    This recipe should specify if it calls for cooked or uncooked rice.


  4. Scargosun says:

    I make this every time we run out of it in the freezer. The flavor is amazing. I brown the chicken on the stove in a large 12in pan and deglaze it a bit with some of the liquid from the recipe (so I don’t trip up the balance of liquids in the pot) then dump whatever is left in the pan into the IP. Saves LOADS of time and you still have all the good drippings from browning the chicken.


  5. Amanda says:

    very flavorful, but mine came out a little too wet. less stcok next time, maybe?


  6. Joe B says:

    Try it with a few shakes of smoked paprika and one chipotle pepper blended into the marinade in the blender, then make the sofrita in the blender to grab the rest of the marinade that’s too hard to scrape out of the blender. It also could use a squeeze or two of lemon/lime to brighten it right before serving. Great sofrito, great start to making this your own.

    I used to make this to rave reviews in a dutch oven and that can take hours – this is very speedy, relatively, and just as good.


  7. Barbara says:

    I have some questions on step 5 and the use of the word simmer etc. Once you add all those ingredients, the temperature cools down. Do you change the program setting at all to get it boil and then reduce to simmer or do you just wait for it on the saute function.


    Donna Reply:

    Saute will go for 30 minutes, so you may want to watch it.


  8. Judy says:

    I made this last weekend. Very tasty, but VERY time-consuming. It took over 30 minutes just to brown the chicken thighs because the Instant Pot could only handle 3-4 of them at a time.


    KAYLA Reply:

    Agreed! It really is tasty but takes waaaaay too much time!


  9. Kayla says:

    I am making this tonight….Hoping it is DELICIOUS!


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