Sopa de Arroz con Pollo (Rice and Chicken Soup)

by Erica Dinho on April 16, 2009

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Sopa de Arroz con Pollo-Colombian Chicken and Rice Spoup
Rice and Soup are staples in Colombia and in this Sopa de Arroz con Pollo the rice creates a wonderful consistency. Sopa de Arroz con Pollo was one of my grandmother’s favorite soups. She would eat it with avocado and banana on the side. Colombians eat bananas with soups and believe it or not, it is delicious, try it! This is real comfort food.




  • 8 Chicken thighs or drumsticks
  • 7 cups water
  • 1 chicken bouillon
  • ¼ cup aliños sauce
  • 2 diced medium white potatoes
  • ½ cup long grain white rice
  • ½ cup peas
  • ½ cup diced carrots
  • ¼ cup cilantro


  1. In a large pot place all the ingredients except the rice and cilantro. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 45 minutes.
  2. Add the rice and continue simmering for 15- 20 minutes more or until the rice is tender. Remove the chicken from the pot, remove the skin and debone it, breaking the meat into bite sized pieces, and return the meat to the soup.
  3. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the cilantro and serve.
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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 5 Star Foodie April 17, 2009 at 10:28 AM

Sounds super delicious and comforting! I love the idea of eating bananas with a soup – going to try next time I make one!


2 Joie de vivre April 17, 2009 at 4:50 PM

Looks great!


3 Erica April 18, 2009 at 11:35 AM

Thank you!


4 Anna April 20, 2009 at 9:46 AM

I thought we Brazilians were the only people eating banana with food.
Your soup looks delicious.


5 SONYBRAVIA April 21, 2009 at 11:51 AM

Absolutely delicious! This is the best remedy for hangover.


6 JOSE April 21, 2009 at 11:53 AM

Absolutely delicious!!! This is the best remedy for hangover. Thanks Erica.


7 The Food Hunter April 24, 2009 at 9:55 PM

This soup looks delicious.


8 Jorge November 11, 2009 at 9:11 AM

Hi Erica…Thanks for these wonderful recipes. One question on the Sopa de Arroz …you mentioned 2 cups of water. Is that a typo? Sounds like not enough water to make the soup…



9 Erica November 11, 2009 at 9:14 AM

Thank you, Jorge!It was a mistake :)


10 susan December 26, 2009 at 4:35 PM

Great recipe. I added corn instead of peas. I cooked with 1/2 an onion, celery and 1/4 of a jalapeno, which I removed after cooking. Outstanding. I also used 8 cups of water and 2 cubes of Knorr’s chicken buillion. I liked using the chicken legs, added much more flavor than white meat. Thanks for the recipe.


11 Erica December 26, 2009 at 8:24 PM

Susan-Thank you for the feedback!Yours sounds delicious :)


12 Mike June 3, 2010 at 4:06 PM

This soups was amazing! It was the best chicken soup I’ve ever had!!!Wonderful blog about Traditional Colombian food. Every recipe on this site is perfect.


13 CARMEN July 12, 2010 at 10:49 AM

que tipo de platano comia su abuela maduro o verde cocido o frito ,gracias


14 Erica July 12, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Carmen- Ella se comia esta sopa con banano (fruta).


15 Nana January 9, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Uy q’ rico!

I used to eat it at the pueblos in Colombia when I was little. Recently, my Egyptian husband disclosed that when he went to Colombia with me he loved our rice soup….
Your recipe looks awesome and easy. I love how you mentioned both the avocado and banana, I love avocados more than bananas, but I do the banana too hehehe…..

I will let you know how it comes out ;)

Thank you for your website, non-Colombians love Colombian food, I know that for sure!


16 Diego February 22, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Thanks for the recipe!
Just so you know, the word for cilantro in english is Coriander. In case you didnt know it! :)


17 Sandra Herran November 17, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Hi Erica, I am going to try this recipe tonight with my hubby. Wish me luck.!! :)


18 Rick February 10, 2014 at 8:16 PM

This is a very good soup, bananas and all. Thank you.


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