Instant Pot Arroz con Pollo (Gluten-Free) - daniellewalker.com

I love Latin cuisines – and the flavors of Puerto-Rican dishes, such as the ones featured in this Instant Pot Arroz con Pollo are among my favorites. I love how many dishes are naturally gluten-free too. If anyone has a favorite mofongo recipe, send it my way! If you prefer a Spanish-style arroz con pollo, it’s really easy to make a few seasoning modifications here, like adding saffron and swapping in smoked paprika.

I grew up eating chicken and rice dishes of all varieties. Of course, my mom’s favorite to serve us was a creamy casserole type with cream of mushroom soup and sour cream. The concept of a hearty, one-pot rice and chicken dish has a place in so many different cultures, and I definitely prefer the healthier and lighter Latin versions over the ones of my youth! Although if you haven’t tried the creamy chicken, broccoli, and “rice” dish from Meals Made Simple, you need to.

Instant Pot Arroz con Pollo in a light blue bowl ready to serve with a wooden spoon sitting on a counter

My kids and Ryan eat white rice, and I wanted a one-pot, set it and forget it recipe that had similar flavors, so this is a rendition that I think you will all love! And a little trick to make this even faster – I throw the onion, bell pepper, jalapeño, and garlic into my mini food processor and pulse a few times until it’s all chopped.

For the grain-free version of this, see page 214 in Healthy in a Hurry. It uses riced plantains and it’s so delicious!

Instant Pot Arroz con Pollo served in a white bowl that is next to a kitchen towel. Instant Pot Arroz con Pollo is in a larger serving platter in the background.

If you are looking for more delicious rice dishes, below are some of my favorites!

Gluten-Free Saffron “Rice”

Instant Pot Sesame-Orange Chicken

Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken

Beef Cauliflower Fried Rice

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Instant Pot Arroz con Pollo

  • Author: Danielle
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Puerto-Rican

Ingredients

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  • 1 ½ cups basmati or medium grain rice – rinsed a few times until the water runs clear
  • 2 tablespoons bacon fat or avocado oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 small white onion, minced
  • 1 jalapeño chile, seeded
  • 3 ½ tablespoons Healthy in a Hurry Adobo Seasoning*
  • ½ teaspoon sweet paprika
  • ¾ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 ½ cups Chicken Bone Broth
  • 1 cup tomato puree or strained tomatoes
  • ½ cup pitted green olives
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen shelled English peas
  • 1 ⁄4 cup firmly packed fresh cilantro leaves and tender stems, plus more for serving

Instructions

  1. Heat the bacon fat in a 6-quart Instant Pot using the sauté mode on high heat.
  2. Add the garlic, bell pepper, onion, and jalapeño and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes, until fragrant and softened.
  3. Add the rice, Adobo seasoning, paprika and salt, do not stir.
  4. Nestle the chicken thighs over top.
  5. Pour in the chicken broth and tomato purée.
  6. Secure the lid and turn the machine to manual high pressure with a 5-minute timer.
  7. Allow the machine to release pressure naturally for 6 minutes longer.
  8. Remove the lid and use a fork to fluff the rice and shred the chicken apart.
  9. Stir in the olives, peas, and cilantro.
  10. Serve hot with additional fresh cilantro.

Notes

My kids love green olives on their own, but do not like them mixed into dinners. Feel free to leave them out!

* If you would like to make any of the spice blends in this recipe from scratch, the full recipes of all the spice blends are in my cookbook Healthy in a Hurry. If you would like to purchase the spices ready-made, click here.

Keywords: Instant Pot, gluten-free, healthy in a hurry, Danielle Walker, against all grain, dinner, Latin cuisine

 

11/04/22

Instant Pot Arroz con Pollo

COMMENTS

  1. Nadia says:

    Hi! I think there’s a typo in steps 2 or 3 as it says to put the rice in twice. Just wanted to give you a heads up. So excited to try this!

    • Danielle says:

      Hi! Thank you so much for catching that – it was a typo. We have corrected the instructions and it is up to date. We apologize for the confusion. Happy cooking! – Team DW

  2. Michelle Chadima says:

    This recipe sounds amazing! Just one question; the instructions say to add the rice with seasonings and stir to incorporate, then it says to add rice in an even layer but don’t stir it in. Which is it?

    • Danielle says:

      Hi! Thank you so much for catching that – it was a typo. We have corrected the instructions and it is up to date. We apologize for the confusion. Happy cooking! – Team DW

  3. Jolene says:

    I am looking forward to making this! I did have a question about the instructions, it says to add rice in step 3 but then in step 4 to pour rice over top. Could you please clarify? Thanks so much!

    • Danielle says:

      Hi! Thank you so much for catching that – it was a typo. We have corrected the instructions and it is up to date. We apologize for the confusion. Happy cooking! – Team DW

  4. Margaret Myers says:

    I’m making this tonight and I can’t wait to dig in!
    I do have a question about the addition of the peas. Should I just thaw them or should I cook them first before adding them?

  5. Kimberlee says:

    Could you make this dish in a skillet or a crock pot if you don’t use an instant pot? My Puerto Rican friend’s mother used to make this dish for me all the time, but she would never let me watch her cook it. I am thinking it could be done in a dutch oven too? If you pre-cook the chicken?
    I just signed up for your gluten-free cooking class on the 15th, very happy to have crossed your path on social media

    • Danielle says:

      Hi! You can make this in a dutch oven – I have the full recipe instructions in my cookbook Healthy In a Hurry, p. 214!

  6. Ellen says:

    I made this recipe last week. I added a can of pinto beans. It was easy and delicious! The whole family enjoyed it. I love that it is all cooked in one pot. And I saved the leftovers in the freezer, so I have a quick meal all ready, for another night! Thanks for a cozy, delicious meal Danielle! This one will definitely go in the list of my ‘go-to’ recipes!

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