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Instant Pot® Puerto Rican Arroz con Pollo

Rated as 4.5 out of 5 Stars

"My family's recipe for arroz con pollo adapted for the Instant Pot®! Made completely in your Instant Pot® or multi-functional pressure cooker, this arroz con pollo is as easy as it is delicious!"
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1 h 10 m servings 632
Original recipe yields 8 servings


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  1. Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot(R)) and select Saute function. Heat olive oil. Add salt pork pieces and stir until edges start to brown, about 2 minutes. Add chicken and sazon seasoning. Cook, stirring occasionally, until chicken is white on all sides, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add sofrito and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 more minutes. Pour in tomato sauce, olives, and capers. Stir to combine and cook until bubbly and all flavors are incorporated, 1 to 2 minutes. Add rice and mix well. Turn off Saute function.
  3. Drain liquid from the can of gandules into a large measuring cup. Add enough water to make 2 1/2 cups of liquid. Add gandules and liquid to the pot and stir well. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 17 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.
  5. Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 15 minutes. Release remaining pressure carefully using the quick-release method, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid. Fluff rice with a fork and serve.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • You can use jarred sofrito sauce or freshly made with onion, garlic, bell pepper, cilantro, and oregano pureed in a food processor.
  • Bacon can be used instead of salt pork.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 632 calories; 24.7 66.1 33.8 83 2579 Full nutrition

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It tasted very good but I think it needs more water because 2 1/2 cups is not enough.

Delicious! Will make again for a work party!