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Puerto Rican Chicken Stew

This Asopao de Pollo (Puerto Rican Chicken Stew) is packed with flavor from bell peppers, tomatoes, and olives. Just 45 minutes and dinner is served!

This Asopao de Pollo (Puerto Rican Chicken Stew) is packed with flavor from bell peppers, tomatoes, and olives. Just 45 minutes and dinner is served!

Is there anything more comforting than chicken and rice?

Okay, maybe red wine and chocolate, but those are just a given.

This Asopao de Pollo (Puerto Rican Chicken Stew) is packed with flavor from bell peppers, tomatoes, and olives. Just 45 minutes and dinner is served!

In terms of comfort foods that can actually be considered “meals,” this Puerto Rican Chicken Stew has earned a very special place in my heart. And in my stomach.

Did I mention that it only takes 45 minutes to put this together? I mean, I can make it in 40 minutes but not everyone can be as awesome as me.

This Asopao de Pollo (Puerto Rican Chicken Stew) is packed with flavor from bell peppers, tomatoes, and olives. Just 45 minutes and dinner is served!

I’m in dire need of super-quick recipes lately because I have been out of control BUSY. With my upcoming trips to California and London-Nairobi-Paris, I’ve got tons of stuff to do and not enough hours in the day to get it all done.

Taking care of the property out here has kept me pretty swamped, too.

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It’s like a full time job!

How am I supposed to find the time to cook, take pictures of food, and write about said food while I’m also trying to get my dad’s old truck fixed up, learn how to drive a stick, and spin cookies in the field?

These are real problems, you guys.

This Asopao de Pollo (Puerto Rican Chicken Stew) is packed with flavor from bell peppers, tomatoes, and olives. Just 45 minutes and dinner is served!

Okay, not really.

Don’t judge me. Just make this stew.

Here’s the Recipe!

Puerto Rican Chicken Stew Recipe

This Asopao de Pollo (Puerto Rican Chicken Stew) is packed with flavor from bell peppers, tomatoes, and olives. Just 45 minutes and dinner is served!
4.3 from 14 votes
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Course: Soups & Stews
Cuisine: Latin
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 35 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Servings: 8
Calories: 235kcal
Author: The Wanderlust Kitchen
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Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless - skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 small green bell pepper - finely chopped
  • 1 small red bell pepper - finely chopped
  • 1/2 a small yellow onion - finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2/3 cup uncooked long grain white rice
  • 1 14 ounce can no-salt-added diced tomatoes
  • 3 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup chopped green olives
  • Optional toppings: Cilantro - Avocado, Lime Wedges

Instructions

  • Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper. Heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat in a large Dutch oven or other sturdy lidded pot. Once the oil is hot and shimmering, add the chicken and brown in a single layer for 4 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to a plate.
  • Saute the bell peppers and onions in the remaining oil for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and tomato paste and cook for 1 minute.
  • Return the chicken to the pan and add the rice, tomatoes, chicken broth, bay leaf, and red pepper flakes. Allow the contents to come to a boil, then turn the heat down to medium-low and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes (or until chicken is cooked through and the rice is tender).
  • Transfer the cooked chicken to a clean cutting board and shred with two forks. Return the shredded chicken to the pot and stir in the green olives.
  • Serve topped with cilantro, avocado slices, and lime wedges for squeezing.
Nutrition Facts
Puerto Rican Chicken Stew Recipe
Serving Size
 
1 serving
Amount per Serving
Calories
235
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
12
g
18
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
13
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
9
g
Cholesterol
 
69
mg
23
%
Sodium
 
360
mg
16
%
Carbohydrates
 
17
g
6
%
Fiber
 
4
g
17
%
Sugar
 
4
g
4
%
Protein
 
18
g
36
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Anetta

Hi, I'm Anetta! Welcome to The Wanderlust Kitchen, where I share recipes and travel stories from all around the world. Here you'll find a world of recipes you can have confidence in. These recipes celebrate authentic food heritage as well as modern techniques and ingredients. I believe that food brings us together as much as it sets us apart. Be brave, try something new!

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Comments:

  1. I made this for my Puerto Rican nephew and the rest of my family, and everyone loved it. I used 2 pounds of chicken and left out the olives. It had a lot of flavor. I personally would use less pepper flakes.

  2. it’s spin donuts in the field not cookies. Look at the end result and you will see what I mean.