Asopao de Pollo


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

close up view of Asopao de Pollo garnished with fresh herbs in a bowl with a spoon
Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
6 servings


  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons light adobo seasoning (such as Goya ®)

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 medium green bell pepper, diced

  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced

  • 1 medium onion, diced

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 1 ½ cups medium-grain rice

  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes

  • 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 large bay leaf

  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste

  • 1 cup frozen petite peas, thawed

  • 1 cup sliced pimento-stuffed green olives

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Season chicken thighs with black pepper and adobo seasoning.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 (per serving)

553 Calories
18g Fat
55g Carbs
38g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 553
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 132mg 44%
Sodium 2324mg 101%
Total Carbohydrate 55g 20%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Protein 38g
Vitamin C 62mg 310%
Calcium 100mg 8%
Iron 8mg 46%
Potassium 766mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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