Friday, December 23, 2022

Pre-Holiday Easy Meal: Slow Cooker Arroz con Pollo

This one-pot dinner is inspired by the traditional dish of Spain and Latin America.  Slow Cooker Arroz con Pollo comes together easily, using your crock pot!

Slow Cooker Arroz con Pollo

What can be better than a one-pot meal?  One that features chicken and rice!  Arroz con Pollo is one of my all time favorite dishes.  When it's holiday time I don't have the time or the inclination to fix complicated meals.  With all the work to be done to get ready for Christmas I'm always looking for simple and tasty dishes for dinner.  When I came across this recipe on EatingWell's site I knew that this would be the perfect fit for this hectic week.  

Ingredients bell pepper, onion, garlic, tomatoes, and chicken are laced with Latin spices to create a sumputious saucy mix that cooks away in your slow cooker.  Brown rice is added later and gives this a healthy spin.  Latin flavored juicy and tender chicken with veggies served over a sauce soaked rice is mouth-waterningly good!  It's a dump and go meal that you can start around noon and 6 hrs later you have one heck of a dinner to serve.  


What Ingredients do I need?

  • red, orange, and/or yellow bell pepper
  • onion
  • fresh garlic
  • low sodium tomato sauce
  • low sodium diced tomatoes
  • reduced sodium chicken broth
  • Spices: chili powder, paprika, cumin, tumeric
  • boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • instant brown rice
  • frozen peas
  • cilantro

Substitutions and Variations

  • Use white rice instead of brown
  • Chicken thighs would work great
  • Add additional veggies like chopped carrots, corn, or mushrooms

Kitchen Tips and Notes

  • Chicken can be removed to a cutting board and shredded and returned to the slow cooker.
  • Instant rice is used for it's quick cooking ability.

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Slow Cooker Arroz con Pollo

serves 8

3 large red, orange, and/or yellow bell peppers, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 15oz can low sodium tomato sauce
1 15oz can low sodium diced tomaroes, with juice
1 1/2 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon tumeric
2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 cups instant brown rice
1 cup frozen peas
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

In a 6qt. slow cooker, combine bell peppers, onion, garlic, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, broth, and all the spices.  Submerge the chicken into the mixture.  Cover and cook on low for 5 1/2 hours.

Stir in rice and peas.  Cover and cook 30 minutes more, until rice is tender.  There may stll be a little liquid in the pot.

Using two forks, shred the chicken.  Serve garnishing with cilantro.


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