Arroz con Pollo (Chicken with Rice)
By :Everyday Mexican Instant Pot Cookbook by Leslie Limon
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Arroz con Pollo is a classic Latin American dish, with each country—and each family, for that matter—having its own unique recipe. For mine, I like to use whole pieces of chicken (legs or thighs) that I season with chile powder, cumin, and oregano before adding the rice. This flavorful dish is filling all on its own, but it also goes well with frijoles charros (cowboy beans). Just don’t forget the warm corn or flour tortillas.
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Votes: 14
Rating: 3.57
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Course Dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Poultry
Duration 1-2 hours
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook, Sauté
Main Ingredient Chicken Breast, Chiles
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings
6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp California chile powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp crushed dried Mexican oregano
  • 1 tsp coarse salt plus more for seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 6 boneless chicken thighs
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil divided
  • 1 cup long-grain or jasmine rice
  • 1/2 medium white onion finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 4 roma tomatoes finely chopped
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 8 oz tomato sauce 1 can
  • 4 cilantro sprigs
  • Pico de Gallo Verde for garnish optional
  • Pimiento-stuffed olives sliced, for garnish (optional)
  • Pimiento-stuffed olives sliced, for garnish (optional)
Course Dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Poultry
Duration 1-2 hours
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook, Sauté
Main Ingredient Chicken Breast, Chiles
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings
6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp California chile powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp crushed dried Mexican oregano
  • 1 tsp coarse salt plus more for seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 6 boneless chicken thighs
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil divided
  • 1 cup long-grain or jasmine rice
  • 1/2 medium white onion finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 4 roma tomatoes finely chopped
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 8 oz tomato sauce 1 can
  • 4 cilantro sprigs
  • Pico de Gallo Verde for garnish optional
  • Pimiento-stuffed olives sliced, for garnish (optional)
  • Pimiento-stuffed olives sliced, for garnish (optional)
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Votes: 14
Rating: 3.57
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Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, combine the chile powder, cumin, oregano,salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder. Sprinkle thespice mixture over the chicken thighs.
  2. Set the Instant Pot to Sauté and adjust to More or high.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in the pot, add the chicken thighs, and fry for 5 to 7 minutes, or until golden brown. Transfer the chicken to a heat-proof plate.
  4. In the Instant Pot, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil. Sauté the rice until light golden brown. Add the onion and garlic; sauté for 2 to 3 minutes, or just until the onion is translucent. Stir in the tomatoes.
  5. Pour in the chicken broth and tomato sauce; season lightly with salt. Return the chicken to the Instant Pot. Top withthe cilantro.
  6. Lock the lid into place and set the steam release valve to sealed. Select Manual or PRESSURE COOK and set the timer for 12 minutes on high.
  7. When cooking is complete, allow the pressure to release naturally. Unlock and remove the lid.
  8. Discard the cilantro. Serve immediately, garnished with Pico de Gallo Verde and pimiento-stuffed olive slices (if using).
Recipe Notes

Ingredient tip: For this recipe, I like to use skin-on chicken
thighs, because my abuelito used to say that the skin is what
adds the flavor

28 replies
  1. Susie Hoard
    Susie Hoard says:

    Tasty and easy! I used canned Rotel diced tomatoes & green chilies instead of Roma tomatoes & 5 oz of spicy V8 juice instead of tomato sauce. Yum!

  2. dcozzoni
    dcozzoni says:

    Followed the recipe to a tee and got the burn notice. Besides the bottom being burned, the flavor and taste was good.

  3. Kirby
    Kirby says:

    I also got the burn notice. I think it more liquid or to layer the roma tomatoes on top. I added a cup of liquid and still got the burn notice. Even so it eventually cooked and was delicious but it needs some work to make it “instant”.

  4. Diggy
    Diggy says:

    Rotten recipe. With the wifi instapot I used the auto settings. It didn’t cook the chicken. Did it again manually and got burn notice. Finished it on sauté…it took an hour to cook after the prep time and the rice was under cooked. Nailed It!

  5. Nick.martin
    Nick.martin says:

    This is a terrible recipe. You have to cook the rice on top of the chicken. If you cook the rice under the chicken, like this recipe calls for, then you will get a burn notice and will either burn the rice to the bottom of the pot, or it will halt cooking and you cant get the pot to come to pressure.

  6. jim@tykal.net
    jim@tykal.net says:

    Really tasty, but I, like others, got the “BURN” notice. Rice stuck to the bottom and did burn a bit, but not enough to affect the flavor. I’ll make it again.

  7. SlightlyToasted
    SlightlyToasted says:

    Turned out terrible. Rice burned and chicken was undercooked. I think the recipe doesnt call for enough stock and too much tomato sauce. Chicken seasoning was very good though.

  8. Tonito68
    Tonito68 says:

    It was ok, remember to stir the rice continuasly so it doesnt burn. My chicken was not moist

  9. Coachbrian77
    Coachbrian77 says:

    Really easy to make. I tweeted it a little to my taste. Used Rotel tomatoes and green chiles instead of roma tomatoes. I added a can of southwestern corn and peppers. Didnt ha e any issues with this recipe. No burn warning, no cooking rice on top of chicken. Obviously people dont know how to cook or have a defective instant pot.

  10. danpratt414
    danpratt414 says:

    I used Mexican Chipotle Chili instead as I like a spicier dish. I also used a can of Rotel instead of Roma tomatoes. Finally I added 1 1/2 cups of broth instead if just the 1 cup. I had no burn issues. Leaving the cilantro in instead of removing gave it a better taste!

  11. ise
    ise says:

    I modified this recipe somewhat by using the Rotel tomatoes with chilies I also cut up 2 campari tomatoes .I used the cup of chicken stock as called for so there was plenty of liquid. The key to avoiding the burn notice is scraping the bottom of the pan upon adding the liquid,after sauteeing the rice, onions and garlic. I didnt have Cumin, so I used a spice blend that had cumin in it ( as well as some other compatible seasonings)(McCormick Moroccan seasoning)
    Very good

  12. Tabitha Heger
    Tabitha Heger says:

    Complete fail. Got burn notice three times after following recipe exactly. Doesn’t anyone test these before publishing?? Guess we’ll just have Chikfila instead.

  13. G W
    G W says:

    Tasts really good. Definitely do again despite loosing some of the rice do to scorching. Didn’t see burn notice but probably was there. Chicken tasted really good and was cooked through. Next time

  14. G W
    G W says:

    In continuation: next time will stir broth into rice and tomato sauce before returning chicken to pot.

  15. Dshelhorn
    Dshelhorn says:

    Got the burn notice at start of pressure cook. Next time I will deglaze the pot after finished with saute. I was able to recover from burn notice by stopping and adding a half cup of water and reducing cook time to 8 min to account for initial cook time. Very tasty.

  16. MirandaH
    MirandaH says:

    I made sure to get everything off the bottom and still got burn.

    It was yummy though. Next time i plan to add frozen corn

  17. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    Nice save by adding more water and reducing cooking time to adjust for the initial cooking time. This recipe may need more water added depending on how thick the added tomato sauce was. Since brands very in thickness the recipe can vary.

  18. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    We are sorry to hear that.
    This recipe may need more water added depending on how thick the added tomato sauce was. Since brands very in thickness the recipe can vary. Even though you deglazing if it was too thick and would burn on the stovetop without stirring it will stick in the Instant Pot too as you are unable to stir the contents.

  19. dshelhorn
    dshelhorn says:

    I think another fail for this recipe is if it calls for skinless or skin on. With skin on more fat would be rendered. If using skinless thighs or breasts maybe a bit more oil would help also.

  20. Dshelhorn
    Dshelhorn says:

    Never again. Tried again with more water, burn notice and came out mushy. Has tasre but no character.

  21. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    If they provide the option to keep the skin on or off, it usually was created with the skin on. Skin off is an option as some people prefer it or that was all that was available.

  22. Nana Kathleen
    Nana Kathleen says:

    I recovered from the burn notice twice. Added more liquid and I used bloody mary mix instead of tomato sauce. Delicious and I will make again. I think I will cook on low next time. ;o)

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