Rice with Chicken – Instant Pot

(Arroz con Pollo - Olla de Presión)

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Rice with Chicken is a very common dish in the Latin culture.   In Puerto Rico, we initially consumed only white rice prepared with lard and salt pork.  The stewed rice (el arroz guisado) was introduced later when the sofrito became the traditional method of cooking in our culture.   Sofrito is a special blend of herbs and vegetables sautéed in annatto oil and tomato sauce.  It is the basic condiment that gives the Puerto Rican cuisine its unique flavor, color and aroma!  Enjoy preparing this popular and delicious rice with chicken, using an Instant Pot pressure cooker.

Make sure that you read your Instant Pot Operating Manual thoroughly before preparing this dish.

Preparing the Marinade!

In a bowl, add the 1 tablespoon white vinegar, 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, 2 minced garlic cloves, ½ teaspoon lite salt or to taste, ¼ teaspoon black pepper and ¼ teaspoon cumin.  Mix the ingredients until well blended.

Marinating the Chicken Thighs!

For this recipe, I use bone in skinless chicken thighs.  Place 7 to 8 chicken thighs in bowl.  However, you can use different chicken parts with skin and bones as well.

Rice with Chicken - Instant Pot

Pour the marinade over the chicken.  Coat the chicken entirely with marinade.  Cover bowl with lid and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.

Blending the Condiments for Rice with Chicken!

Before we mix the condiments to sauté later, let’s cut a few sprigs of fresh cilantro to add flavor to this dish.

Add the following ingredients into a bowl:  1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil, ½ teaspoon of Lite Salt or to taste, 2 tablespoons tomato sauce, 3 sprigs of fresh chopped cilantro, 14 pimiento-stuffed green olives, 2 teaspoons capers, 2 minced garlic cloves and 2 tablespoons of sofrito made with culantro.

Note:  Our Sofrito is a special blend of herbs and vegetables sautéed in annatto oil and tomato sauceHowever, today the puréed herbs and vegetables that are prepared in advance for future use is commonly referred to as “Sofrito.”  If you are not interested in making a large batch of sofrito, then here is an easy recipe on How to Make Sofrito for a Single Meal

Lastly, add 2 seasoning envelopes with Coriander and Annatto.

Note:  The seasoning envelope with coriander and annatto is a special blend of different seasonings (spices).  It’s main purpose is to add color and flavor to our cuisine If you cannot find the seasoning envelopes at the supermarket, just click on this link to create your own Special Blend of Seasonings.

Stir all the ingredients until well blended and set aside.

Rinsing the Rice!

Rinse and drain 2 cups of long grain white rice with cold water, using a fine-mesh strainer.  At first the water will be cloudy because you are basically removing the surface starch.  When the water runs clear, the rice has been rinsed.

Note:  I would recommend always rinsing the rice when using a pressure cooker. 

Searing the Chicken!

Turn the power on by pressing the Cancel Button and then select the sauté program.  We want to sear the chicken thighs on Normal Temperature so press the sauté button to change the temperature to Normal.  Press the “Plus” or “Minus” button to change the time to 16 minutes. 

The pressure cooker will display the word “ON”  when the unit is heating. 

“HOT” means the temperature has been reached.  We can now add the meat to the inner pot.  

We are going to sear the chicken thighs in two batches.  Therefore, let’s add the first batch of chicken into inner pot.  Sear to lightly brown on both sides.   

After 4 minutes of searing, turn the chicken over to the other side.

The first batch of chicken thighs is done.  Remove from inner pot and place on a plate.  Add the second batch and continue searing the chicken until brown on both sides.  When the unit beeps several times, the LCD will display the word “OFF,” ending the 16-minute searing process.   However, you can reset the sauté program if you feel that you need more time to sear your chicken.  Maximum total time is 30 minutes.  

Note:  If you finish searing both batches of chicken before the selected time, then press the cancel button to stop the searing process. 

Sautéing the Condiments!

Press the Cancel button to turn the power on and select the Sauté program.  Press the Sauté button to change the temperature to “Less.”   The Less mode is for simmering.  We want to simmer the ingredients for 5 minutes, so press the “Plus” or “Minus” button to change the time to 5 minutes. 

The pressure cooker will display the word “ON”  when the unit is heating. 

“HOT” means the temperature has been reached.  We can now add the condiments to the inner pot. 

Rice with Chicken - Instant Pot

Add the condiments to the inner pot.

Rice with Chicken - Instant Pot

Sauté the ingredients for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  You can definitely smell the condiments.  When the unit beeps several times, the LCD will display the word “OFF,” ending the 5-minute sautéing process.  We are now ready to pressure cook the rice. 

Preparing the Rice with Chicken – Instant Pot!

Rice with Chicken - Instant Pot

Pour 1½ cups of water and stir the condiments and water until well blended. 

Rice with Chicken - Instant Pot

Place the chicken at the bottom of inner pot.  Depending on the size of the chicken thighs, you might not be able to add all the chicken to the inner pot.

Rice with Chicken - Instant Pot

Add 2 cups of long grain white rice and submerge rice into liquid, using the tip of the tongs.   Do not stir the rice into liquid.

Rice with Chicken - Instant Pot

After all the rice has been submerged into liquid, we are ready to pressure cook the Rice with Chicken.

Pressure Cooking the Rice with Chicken – Instant Pot!

Cover Instant Pot with lid and lock into position. 

Make sure that the Steam Release Handle is turned to the Sealing Position.  The Float Valve should be in the down position.

Let’s turn the power on by pressing the Cancel button.  Select the Pressure Cook manual program.  We want to cook the rice at High Pressure, which is automatically selected. Press the “Minus” or “Plus” button to set the cooking time for 6 minutes. 

“ON” means that the cooking unit is heating and pressure is building up with the heat.  This usually takes 3 to 4 minutes.  When the cooking unit is completely pressurized, the cooking cycle will start counting down based on the time setting we selected. For this recipe, we selected 6 minutes.

The rice is finished cooking. The cooker will switch to the Keep Warm Function, counting up.  We need to count up for 10 minutes to obtain the 10-minute natural release process.

After 10 minutes of naturally releasing the pressure, press the cancel button.  The next step is to release the remaining pressure. 

The float valve is still in the up position – it’s flush with the surface.  Let’s turn the steam release handle to the venting position for a Quick Release.

When all the steam has been released, make sure the Float Valve is in the down position before removing the lid from the pressure cooker.   

Serving the Rice with Chicken – Instant Pot!

Once the lid is removed, allow some of the steam to evaporate before turning the rice.

Rice with Chicken - Instant Pot

Turn the rice and chicken before serving.  The rice is cooked and the chicken looks juicy.   

Our traditional Rice with Chicken (Arroz con Pollo) prepared in a pressure cooker.

Rice with Chicken - Instant Pot

This dish can be served with your favorite Stewed Beans and Double Fried Green Plantains (tostones).   Serve warm.

Click on the button below to watch my YouTube video on How to Prepare Rice with Chicken, using an Instant Pot Pressure Cooker!

Recipe and Nutritional Facts

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Rice with Chicken – Instant Pot


  • Author: Aida's Kitchen®
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 Servings 1x

Description

Rice with Chicken is a common dish in the Latin culture.  This awesome dish has lots of tropical flavors due to our condiments.  Most importantly, this popular recipe can be prepared both in a traditional cauldron or pressure cooker with great results.


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Ingredients

  • 7 to 8 bone in skinless chicken thighs
  • 1½ cups of water
  • 2 cups long grain white rice

Marinating Ingredients

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon lite salt or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Condiments

  • 2 seasoning envelopes with coriander and annatto
  • 2 tablespoons tomato sauce
  • 3 sprigs fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sofrito
  • 14 pimento-stuffed green olives
  • 2 teaspoons capers, drained
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • ½ teaspoon lite salt or to taste

Instructions

  1. Add the marinating ingredients in a bowl.  Mix until well blended.
  2. Place chicken thighs in bowl.  Pour marinade over the chicken and coat them evenly.
  3. Cover with lid and place in refrigerator for 4 hours or overnight.
  4. Select the saute program to Normal Temperature and set the time for 16 minutes.  Sear chicken until both sides are lightly browned.  I normally sear the chicken thighs in two batches.   Remove from inner pot and place on a large plate.
  5. In a bowl, add the condiments and mix until well blended.
  6. Select the saute program to Less Temperature and set the time for 5 minutes.  Add the condiments to the inner pot and saute for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. Rinse the rice with cold water.
  8. Pour the water into inner pot with condiments.  Stir until well blended.
  9. Place the chicken thighs at the bottom of pot.  Add the rice and submerge rice into liquid, using the tip of tongs.  Do not stir the rice.
  10. Cover Instant Pot with lid and lock in position.  Turn Steam Release Handle in Sealing Position and Float Valve should be in the down position.
  11. Press the Pressure Cook manual button and select High Pressure to cook the rice.  Set the time to 6 minutes.
  12. After cooking under pressure for 6 minutes, the cooker will switch to the Keep Warm function.  Let the rice warm for 10 minutes (Keep Warm Mode).
  13. Press cancel button to turn off pressure cooker.
  14. Turn steam valve to Venting position.  Once the steam has been released, the float valve will be in the down position.
  15. Remove lid from pressure cooker (Make sure float valve is in the down position).
  16. Turn the rice and serve warm.

Notes

It is very important that you read your operating manual for Instant Pot before cooking any meal under pressure.

  • Category: Rice and Grains
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Puerto Rican

Keywords: Rice with Chicken -Instant Pot

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Category: Poultry, Pressure Cooking, Recipes, Rice and Beans

10 Comments. Leave new

  • Very cool Aida. Now I need an instant pot.
    I enjoyed watching your videos, seems very easy.

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  • Jonny Gieselman
    April 26, 2020 8:41 am

    Hello Aida, Thanks for the wonderful recipe. I’m curious if gandules can be added to this recipe? I’m assuming it could be added with the rice before cooking, but I wanted to check. Thank you

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    • Hi Jonny, Yes, gandules can be added to the recipe without the liquid. However, if you want to add the liquid from the can of gandules then you need to reduce the quantity of water (listed as an ingredient). The liquid for this recipe should measure 1-1/2 cups (water or combination of both water and can liquid). If using fresh gandules, measure and add them after they have been cooked with liquid or without liquid as well. Thank you.

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  • Very well written recipe! It came out perfect and everyone loved it! Do you know how to double the rice amount? Would the cooking time need to be adjusted? Thank you for sharing!

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    • Hi Joe, Glad to hear the recipe was a success! Make sure that your pressure cooker can handle the amount of rice, depending on the size of your cooker. In theory, 2 cups in a 3-quart Instant Pot, 4 cups in a 6-quart Instant Pot and 5 cups in a 8-quart Instant Pot. Check your user manual for rice capacity. You would normally use the same rice and water ratio (2 cups rice and 2 cups water) when pressure cooking rice. However, since the chicken releases a lot of juice during the cooking process, I decreased the liquid for this recipe by 1/2 cup. I would keep this in mind when increasing the amount of rice if using chicken thighs. Since my recipes only call for no more than 2 cups of rice, I am unable to inform you the exact adjusted time needed to cook the rice. Each recipe varies from 4 minutes to 6 minutes, depending on the other ingredients. However, 4 cups of rice will take an average of 9 to 12 minutes. Remember to never fill your inner pot past the half-way mark, including water and rice.

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  • Hello! I love your recipe and was wondering what region this recipe is from? As you know, Arroz Con Pollo is prepared differently depending on the country/region.

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    • Hola Ava, Yes, you are correct! The Arroz con Pollo is a very popular dish in Spain and Latin America. This particular recipe is considered a Puerto Rican dish because it has two main ingredients in our culture: sofrito and annatto.

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