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Instant Pot Chicken Drumsticks and Rice (Arroz con Pollo)

Instant Pot Chicken Drumsticks and Rice (Arroz Con Pollo) is a quick and easy 45-minute pressure cooker recipe with Cuban seasonings and Spanish rice. This recipe is perfect for weeknight dinners or advanced meal prep.

arroz con pollo chicken and rice in a white bowl

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Instant Pot Chicken Drumsticks and Rice (Arroz Con Pollo) is a quick and easy 45-minute pressure cooker recipe with Cuban seasonings and Spanish rice. This recipe is perfect for weeknight dinners or advanced meal prep.

 
I visited Cuba last month and it was such an incredible experience! I loved so much about our trip. The people were incredible! Everyone was friendly and always helpful.
 
garlic, onions, and white rice
 
 
The scenery was gorgeous. And of course, the food was amazing! We were there for almost a week. During that week I ate quite a bit of arroz con pollo. I even took a cooking class in the home of a local resident. The food we had during class was the best food of the trip.
white rice and strainer

 

I couldn’t wait to make my own back home. Of course, I had to use my Instant Pot! There really is no other way to get tender, juicy, fall off the bone chicken, especially chicken drumsticks! Nothing else really compares.

I also never use a rice cooker. I go to the Instant Pot!

 

I love that with this recipe you can throw things in the pot and simply walk away to perform other tasks.

arroz con pollo in a white bowl

 

This dish is also perfect for meal prep. Load up this dish on a Sunday night and lunch or dinner is served for the week. And it will only take you about 45 minutes!

arroz con pollo in a white bowl

I picked up this Cuban seasoning at my local grocery store. McCormick’s is usually easy to find at most grocery stores.

cuban seasoning

If you prefer to make your own seasoning, I love a mix of the following: 1 teaspoon coriander, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1 teaspoon paprika, and 2 teaspoons oregano.

arroz con pollo in a white bowl
 
I chose to use extra long grain enriched rice for a couple of reasons.

Cook Time

I love brown rice. A lot of my other posts rave about brown rice and the associated nutritional benefits. Brown rice takes a long time to cook…..even using the Instant Pot! Brown rice prepared in the Instant Pot takes 25-30 minutes. My Instant Pot experiments are focused on time-saving.

My goal is to prep meals with the Instant Pot in less than 45 minutes, ideally, less than 30 minutes. Long-grain enriched rice can be prepared in the Instant Pot in less than 10 minutes. ULTIMATE WIN!

arroz con pollo in a white bowl

Enriched white long grain rice is enriched to replenish nutrients that are removed during the milling process. Enriched white rice has been mixed with vitamins and nutrients to boost nutritional value.

When rice is processed into white rice, the majority of its nutritional value is lost. The fiber and bran are removed.

This is one of the main reasons why I flock to brown rice. Brown rice is rich in fiber. Even after enriching white rice with the nutrients mentioned, it is not as nutritious as brown rice.

Brown rice still beats white rice in my opinion. However, in this instance, enriched white long grain rice makes a great alternative.

arroz con pollo in a white bowl

This chicken is so tender the meat is falling off the bone….just the way I like it!

arroz con pollo chicken and rice

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Instant Pot Chicken Drumsticks with Spanish Rice (Arroz Con Pollo)

Instant Pot Chicken Drumsticks and Rice (Arroz Con Pollo) is a quick and easy 45-minute pressure cooker recipe with Cuban seasonings and Spanish rice. This recipe is perfect for weeknight dinners or advanced meal prep.
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine Cuban
Keyword arroz con pollo, cuban arroz con pollo, instant pot arroz con pollo, instant pot chicken and rice
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
manual release steam 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 273kcal

Ingredients

  • 5 drumsticks
  • 1 1/2 cups enriched long grain white rice rinsed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup onion chopped
  • 2-3 garlic cloves minced
  • Cuban Seasoning to taste (see cooking note below)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup red peppers chopped
  • 1/2 cup green peppers chopped
  • 1 teaspoon parsley chopped

Instructions

  • Rinse the rice until the water from the rice runs clear. I like to use a fine mesh strainer.
  • Season the drumsticks with the Cuban seasoning, salt and pepper.
  • Turn the Instant Pot on to the saute function. Allow it to register as hot. Add the olive oil to the pot. Using tongs add the drumsticks to the pot. Allow the chicken to glaze for a couple of minutes on each side. 
  • Add the chicken broth to the pot and stir. Seal the pot and cook on Manual > Pressure Cooking > 22 minutes.
  • When the pot indicates it has finished, allow steam to release naturally for 10 minutes before releasing the steam.
  • Open the pot and remove the chicken and drain the broth in a cup. Place it aside.
  • Place the Instant Pot on saute. Add the garlic and onions to the pot. Cook for 2-3 minutes until fragrant.
  • Add about 1/2 cup of the drained broth to the pot. Deglaze the pot with a spoon by pushing up the brown bits on the bottom of the pot.
  • Add the rice, water, and additional Cuban seasoning, salt and pepper to taste to the pot. Seal the pot and cook for 3 minutes on Manual > High-Pressure Cooking.
  • When the pot indicates it has finished, allow the steam to release naturally for 10 minutes and then release.
  • Open the pot and add the red and green peppers. Stir and allow the steam from the rice soften the peppers.
  • Serve the chicken legs over beds of the rice. Sprinkle with parsley.

Notes

If you don’t have Cuban seasoning, you can make your own seasoning by combining the following: 1 teaspoon coriander, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1 teaspoon paprika, and 2 teaspoons oregano.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 273kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 13g
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Friday 10th of July 2020

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Carolyn

Tuesday 30th of June 2020

This recipe is absolutely delish! Since I didn’t have chicken broth, I used vegetable broth, and tried the dish with Yellow rice. I buy bell peppers in bulk, chop and freeze some into smaller ziplock bags. I add the frozen peppers when cooking the rice, and it’s so good. Definitely a keeper! Thank you for sharing your talents!

staysnatched

Wednesday 1st of July 2020

You're welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Roberta craft

Wednesday 29th of April 2020

I made this for my husband today for the first time. It smelled so awesome he could not wait to have it for dinner so it became his lunch. You scored big on this recipe as My Husband is from Cuba and this is truly authentic of the Cuban style of cooking to which he was accustomed. This dish brought him back to Cuba so I score mucho brownie points.........THANK YOU!!!!

staysnatched

Wednesday 29th of April 2020

I'm so glad to hear that!

Ruth N Gavarrete

Sunday 5th of April 2020

Just made this for dinner and it was delicious. I actually ended up putting a little bit of adobo seasoning from Goya on the chicken mix and rice. I also let the chicken mirinate in the spices for about 3 hours. Everything was delicious! I served it was a side of potato salad.

staysnatched

Monday 6th of April 2020

I love that Goya seasoning!

Maria

Sunday 22nd of March 2020

This recipe was so simple and tastey! I made the Cuban spice because I could not find it at my local grocery store... perfect mixture which made the chicken and rice taste amazing! I’ll be making this again for sure.

staysnatched

Tuesday 24th of March 2020

I'm so glad you enjoyed it!