Slow-Cooker Arroz con Pollo (Chicken & Rice)


This one-pot chicken dinner, inspired by the traditional dish of Spain and Latin America, comes together easily in the crock pot. The instant brown rice is added near the end, to keep it from overcooking.

Slow-Cooker Arroz con Pollo
Prep Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
6 hrs
Total Time:
6 hrs 30 mins
10 cups


  • 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

  • 1 ½ 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 1/4 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)


  1. Combine bell peppers, onion, garlic, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, broth, chili powder, paprika, 1/2 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 5 1/2 hours.

  2. Stir in rice, peas, and the remaining 1/2 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 Facts (per serving)

299 Calories
6g Fat
35g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size 1 1/4 cups
Calories 299
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 29g 58%
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 90mg 30%
Vitamin A 3333IU 67%
Vitamin C 72mg 80%
Folate 34mcg 8%
Sodium 670mg 29%
Calcium 33mg 3%
Iron 4mg 19%
Magnesium 46mg 11%
Potassium 272mg 6%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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