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5 from 1 vote

Pollo con arroz

Delicious, quick-and-easy one-pot weeknight dinner. Gluten-free, dairy-free, low-glycemic. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 4
Calories: 467kcal
Author: Conner Middelmann


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 slices bacon coarsely chopped/cubed
  • 1.25 lbs chicken thighs boneless, skinless
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 3 bell peppers different colors, cored and de-seeded and cut into small, bite-sized strips
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup chicken bone broth
  • 1/3 cup Uncle Ben's parboiled rice
  • 1 tsp salt freshly ground black pepper
  • a squeeze of lemon juice
  • ½ cup mixed olives pitted & sliced
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • ½ cup fresh parsley


  • Set InstantPot saute function to HIGH, warm the olive oil and cook the bacon and onion, stirring frequently, until the onion is translucent (about 6-8 minutes). Sprinkle 1/2 tsp salt over the onions to draw out their juice; this prevents burning.
  • Add chicken pieces and saute, stirring frequently, until cooked all around -- about 3-4 minutes.
  • Now add garlic and peppers to the onion-chicken mixture and cook on high for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. With a cooking spoon, scrape off any bits of meat that may have attached to the bottom of the pot.
  • Add bay leaf, paprika, cumin, oregano, rice, tomato paste and stock, and stir gently until all the rice grains are covered in the liquid.
  • Cover and lock the lid. Press cancel, then set to HIGH PRESSURE for 4 minutes. As soon as the cooking time ends, shift the steam-release valve to to VENTING and let out all the pressure.
  • Stir in the frozen peas, olives and parsley, peas. Season to taste with salt, pepper and lemon juice, stirring gently to combine all the flavors. Can be served immediately, but tastes even better after a night in the refrigerator.


Serving: 0g | Calories: 467kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 149mg | Sodium: 1179mg | Potassium: 872mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 4370IU | Vitamin C: 142.8mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 4mg