Sopa de Arroz con Pollo (Rice and Chicken Soup)

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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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  1. Jorge says

    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…


  2. susan says

    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.

  3. Mike says

    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.

  4. Nana says

    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!

  5. Eileen says

    Truly enjoyed making and eating this soup. It has helped me to be more adventurous with my cooking. Even better flavor the next day!


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