Slow-Cooker Arroz con Pollo (Chicken & Rice)

Slow-Cooker Arroz con Pollo (Chicken & Rice)

1 Review
From: Diabetic Living Magazine, Winter 2019

This Mexican-inspired one-pot chicken dinner comes together easily in the crock pot. The instant brown rice is added near the end, to keep it from overcooking.

Ingredients 8 servings

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  • 3 large red, orange, and/or yellow bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (15 ounce) can no-sodium-added tomato sauce
  • 1 (15 ounce) can no-sodium-added diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1½ cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon saffron or ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 cups instant brown rice, such as Minute Rice
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • ½ cup chopped green olives with pimientos
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro (optional)


  • Prep

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  1. Combine bell peppers, onion, garlic, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, broth, chili powder, paprika, ½ teaspoon salt, pepper, cumin, and saffron (or turmeric) in a 6-qt. slow cooker. Nestle chicken into the mixture until submerged. Cover and cook on Low for 5½ hours.
  2. Stir in rice, peas, and the remaining ½ teaspoon salt. Cover and cook until the rice is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed, about 30 minutes more.
  3. Using 2 forks, shred the chicken in the slow cooker. Top each serving with 1 tablespoon olives and garnish with cilantro, if desired.
  • Equipment: 6-qt. slow cooker

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1¼ cups
  • Per serving: 299 calories; 6 g fat(1 g sat); 5 g fiber; 34 g carbohydrates; 29 g protein; 34 mcg folate; 90 mg cholesterol; 8 g sugars; 3,333 IU vitamin A; 72 mg vitamin C; 33 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 669 mg sodium; 272 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (120% daily value), Vitamin A (67% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:

Reviews 1

March 04, 2019
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By: nicole.jarboe
This turned out great! I used 1.5 cups of regular brown rice added after 4 hours, cooked for another 2 hours then shredded the chicken and added it back in along with the peas, and capers in the place of the olives.
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