This traditional Puerto Rican chicken and rice stew is filling and flavorful.

The Gruntled Gourmand
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Season chicken thighs with black pepper and adobo seasoning.

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  • Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Cook and stir green pepper, red pepper, onion, garlic, and tomato paste in the hot oil, until the vegetables have softened slightly, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove vegetables from the pot and set aside.

  • Pan fry chicken in the pot until browned, 4 to 5 minutes on each side. Return cooked vegetables to the pot along with rice, diced tomatoes, chicken broth, bay leaf, and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until rice is tender and chicken is no longer pink inside, about 20 minutes.

  • Stir in peas and olives and cook for another 5 minutes. Remove from heat and discard bay leaf. Stir in cilantro and serve.

Nutrition Facts

550 calories; 17.7 g total fat; 131 mg cholesterol; 2149 mg sodium. 55.2 g carbohydrates; 38.1 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
09/05/2012
Michael has a recipe for Asopao?!!! I'd like to hear the story behind this recipe. Anyways... I made half of it. I didn't measure the amount of adobo I used (not sure how much "1 serving" is anyways 1/4 teaspoon if I go by what the bottle says and that would have been too little in my opinion). I didn't change anything but if I had had gandules (pigeon peas) I would have probably added those instead of the petite peas. This is Puerto Rican comfort food. Very nice on a cold rainy night (like tonight). I added some sliced avocado on top. Good stuff! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/06/2013
For those that could not find the Adobo Seasoning it is a seasoning mixture that contains a blend of spices and herbs (i.e. garlic onion salt oregano etc...) in specific portions that have been ground to a fine powder form. I usually find it in the international section of the grocery store. Though I have no doubt that using the can chipotle adobo sauce as a substitute made this very tasty it also makes it a complete departure (and taste) from what the authentic flavor of this soup should be. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 2
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Rating: 5 stars
09/05/2012
Michael has a recipe for Asopao?!!! I'd like to hear the story behind this recipe. Anyways... I made half of it. I didn't measure the amount of adobo I used (not sure how much "1 serving" is anyways 1/4 teaspoon if I go by what the bottle says and that would have been too little in my opinion). I didn't change anything but if I had had gandules (pigeon peas) I would have probably added those instead of the petite peas. This is Puerto Rican comfort food. Very nice on a cold rainy night (like tonight). I added some sliced avocado on top. Good stuff! Read More
(40)
Rating: 5 stars
09/05/2012
Michael has a recipe for Asopao?!!! I'd like to hear the story behind this recipe. Anyways... I made half of it. I didn't measure the amount of adobo I used (not sure how much "1 serving" is anyways 1/4 teaspoon if I go by what the bottle says and that would have been too little in my opinion). I didn't change anything but if I had had gandules (pigeon peas) I would have probably added those instead of the petite peas. This is Puerto Rican comfort food. Very nice on a cold rainy night (like tonight). I added some sliced avocado on top. Good stuff! Read More
(40)
Rating: 5 stars
08/07/2012
When I'm cooking for myself I love to make this a bit hotter with fresh habanero or jalapeno slices. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/08/2012
Filling and flavorful it was! I had a different meal plan for dinner today but got distracted and found this recipe instead when I browsed through the pictures. We love our traditional chicken and rice but wanted to try something different. I halved the recipe for my small family and made little adjustments due to availabilty; I only have pimentos itelf so i added a touch of that and to sub the salty/briny taste from the olives I tossed a little bit of capers. Also used rotel tomatoes and green chiles and just all red bell peppers. The broth is awesome. Thanks for the recipe and glad to see a picture to the recipe already. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/04/2013
This was an awesome one pot meal...I used a can of Goya Green Pigeon Peas since my local grocer did not carry the frozen petite peas. I wouldn't have used as many green olives though since I am not a fan of them. Other than that I still give it two thumbs up and will surely make it again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2016
Made tonight for the first time. I had never heard of it before. Wow...what a delicious recipe! I cooked the rice separate and served it on the side. The rich tomato broth was outstanding. The chicken was super tender and juicy. This recipe will be made many more times in our home! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/30/2013
This recipe was AMAZING!! My whole family loved it! The aroma from cooking had me impatient for it to be ready so we could try it. The only thing I didn't add was the peas. This recipe is a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2016
Made it exactly as recipe stated and it was very good! I agree with the other reviewers that the olives and cilantro male this dish. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/07/2016
Wow amazing dish. Even better tasting than I thought it'd be when I read it. I substituted black olives because that's what I had and made my own adobo from a recipe here on allrecipes. Served with fresh avocado warm flour tortillas and refried beans on the side. Will definitely make this again. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/06/2013
For those that could not find the Adobo Seasoning it is a seasoning mixture that contains a blend of spices and herbs (i.e. garlic onion salt oregano etc...) in specific portions that have been ground to a fine powder form. I usually find it in the international section of the grocery store. Though I have no doubt that using the can chipotle adobo sauce as a substitute made this very tasty it also makes it a complete departure (and taste) from what the authentic flavor of this soup should be. Read More
(3)