Easy and flavorful, this Instant Pot Spanish chicken and rice is a simple weeknight meal!
It’s a cinch to make Spanish chicken and rice in the Instant Pot! Also known as arroz con pollo, this is a flavorful and filling dish.
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The Instant Pot makes getting dinner on the table SO easy. It’s especially nice when you can cook all of the components of the meal at the same time, making “dump and start” dinners.
We love making Instant Pot chicken and rice recipes, because the rice and chicken cook at the same time. One of our favorites is creamy Instant Pot chicken and rice, which is a classic comfort food.
Then there’s also the gooey goodness of Instant Pot cheesy broccoli, chicken, and rice.
Basically, practically every iteration of chicken and rice can be made in the Instant Pot–which leads me to this flavorful recipe for Instant Pot Spanish chicken and rice!
Making Spanish Chicken and Rice in the Instant Pot
Before we get to the recipe, I think it’s important to acknowledge that there are differing opinions on what constitutes Spanish rice and chicken, or arroz con pollo.
I’m not an expert on how the variations differ depending on their country of origin, but I’ve seen Peruvian, Colombian, Mexican, Cuban, and Puerto Rican versions of chicken and rice. But reportedly, arroz con pollo originated in Spain.
If you’re looking for a side dish type of Spanish rice, I have a separate recipe for making a tomato-based Spanish rice in the Instant Pot (without the chicken), which I often pair with Mexican-inspired dishes like tacos, enchiladas, etc.
But for this main dish casserole-type recipe of arroz con pollo, I decided to use Spanish saffron yellow rice from Vigo.
I love the flavor of this rice (it has some seasonings already added to it) and it worked great in this recipe–but you can use the Spanish rice of your choosing.
How to Make Instant Pot Arroz Con Pollo
It’s really easy to make this simple dish in your pressure cooker–it’s a “dump and start” meal you’re going to love!
Ingredients You’ll Need:
- Boneless chicken breasts
- Vigo Saffron Yellow Spanish Rice
- Ranch dressing mix
How to Make It:
(Full printable recipe is available below)
Combine ingredients. First, you’ll add the chicken, rice, ranch mix, water, and salsa to the insert pot of the Instant Pot.
Pressure cook. Next, you’ll set a cook time of 4 minutes at high pressure, followed by a natural release of pressure.
Shred chicken. Last, you’ll shred or chop the chicken, stir to mix it into the rice, and serve! Easy peasy!
Notes and Adaptations:
- You can serve this with various toppings of choice: shredded cheese, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, cilantro, beans, or whatever you prefer!
- 1 lb boneless chicken breasts, cut in half
- 16-oz bag Vigo Yellow Spanish Rice
- 1 packet of ranch dressing mix
- 3 cups water
- 1/2 cup salsa
- In the insert pot of the Instant Pot, place pieces of chicken. Add the rice, ranch dressing mix, water, and salsa. Give everything a gentle stir to combine.
- Close the lid and set the vent to the sealed position. Select a cook time fo 4 minutes at high pressure.
- When the cook time is complete, allow a natural release of pressure. After the pressure has released and the valve has dropped, carefully remove the lid.
- Remove the chicken and shred or chop. Return chicken to the rice mixture and stir to combine.
- Serve topped with shredded cheese, salsa, avocado slices, sour cream, or other toppings of choice.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 284Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 985mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 27g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated and is not guaranteed for accuracy.
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