Friday, August 23, 2019

Instant Pot Arroz con Pollo and Maduro beer

This week we flew by the seat of our pants with meal planning. I happened to have chicken thighs in the fridge, came home from work a bit weary so Doug whipped up a pot of Arroz con Pollo. This made for two good dinners and an excellent lunch. It had been a long time since we'd had Cigar City beers so we cracked a Maduro to go with the meal. It's a brown ale and quite flavorful.

Please forgive my messy plate. I'm one of those people who doesn't mind food touching so the black beans were just heaped on my plate.


I will share the recipe but it's for an instant pot, something I don't mess with at all.  I'm sure this could be adapted for a stove top pressure cooker or a Dutch oven.

Arroz con Pollo
The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook

Sofrito (we used jarred Goya brand)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup pimento stuffed olives (we used 3/4 of a cup as we love olives)
1 tablespoon capers
1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 1/2 cups long grain white rice
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup tomato sauce

Select Saute setting on Instant Pot and heat 1 tablespoon of oil. Add 1/2 cup Sofrito and saute 5 minutes.  Add olives, capers and chicken pieces.  Stir to combine to coat chicken evenly.
Add rice, pouring it in an even layer over the chicken.

In measuring cup or bowl, stir together broth and tomato sauce.  Pour this mixture over the rice making sure the grains are coated with the liquid.

Secure the lid and set pressure release to Sealing.  Press the cancel button to reset the cooking program, then select Poultry setting and set cooking time for 10 minutes at high pressure.

Let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then move the pressure release to Venting to release any remaining pressure.  Use a big spoon and scoop out your servings.

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  1. That sounds easy to make. I've never heard of sofrito in a jar -- great work saver.I don't have an Instant Pot, but sounds like it could be done in a slow cooker. Though I think it sounds more likely to be on our table in winter time than now, when grilling is so tempting.

    best... mae at

  2. Mae, I ought to have put the recipe up for Sofrito. We have the Goya brand available and it makes sense, time wise, to purchase it. We’d never get through the amount of sofrito homemade.
    Grilling is great and Doug still does fire the grill up it’s been so awfully hot lately. Loved your grilled dinner on your site.

  3. My next door neighbor is Cuban and so many of her recipes begin with sofrito. I was not familiar with it before. I would love a recipe for it-

  4. My BFF won't let any of her food touch another.

  5. Judee, i will definitely post the recipe soon. Thanks!

    Jackie my brother-in-law is like that too. No touching!

  6. Hahaha on the food touching. We too let our food touch, though I try to separate it for photos. I have a friend who would love to own one of those kids' divided plates. I've never had Maduro, but I love dark ales, so I'll have to see if we can get that around here. AND the dish sounds awesome -- my husband is a huge fan of chicken thighs.

  7. This sounds so good! I recently bought an Instant Pot Duo 8 qt, would the recipe work in it. An IP site I belong to on FB said it's important to know if the recipe would be good to make in your size pot.

  8. Any dish that someone else cooks for me has to be good! Cheers

  9. I just pinned this recipe, it sounds perfect for a weeknight dinner. Thanks for sharing.

  10. BFR - I'm glad you could get the beer! It's a heavier one but I like it. Yes, the photos without food touching are usually better but my plate is always a mess.

    Vicki - I haven't messed with the IP yet. Doug said the size we have accommodates the 3 pound roast easily. He's making a Cuban pork roast tonight.

    Carole, that's the truth!

    Diane - I hope you enjoy it, we loved it.


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