Puerto Rican Style Risotto


Puerto Rican Style Risotto

Arroz con Pollo Risotto: A Fusion of Italian and Puerto Rican Flavors

In Puerto Rican cuisine, rice is a staple ingredient, often combined with vibrant flavors and spices. This Puerto Rican Style Risotto combines the creamy richness of Italian risotto with the bold and aromatic seasonings of Puerto Rican cuisine. The result is a delightful fusion dish that will transport your taste buds to the sunny shores of Puerto Rico.

Jan Dec

20 minutes

30 minutes

50 minutes

4 servings


Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Nut-free, Soy-free, Egg-free


Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, Keto, Low-carb


While the original Italian risotto is typically made with Arborio rice and flavored with ingredients like Parmesan cheese and white wine, this Puerto Rican adaptation infuses the dish with traditional Puerto Rican flavors. The Arborio rice is cooked in a flavorful broth made with sofrito, a blend of onions, peppers, garlic, and herbs, and seasoned with spices like cumin and sazón. The dish is also enhanced with the addition of tender chicken pieces and colorful vegetables. We alse have the original recipe for Risotto, so you can check it out.


  • Calories (kcal / KJ): 350 kcal / 1465 KJ
  • Fat (total, saturated): 8g, 1g
  • Carbohydrates (total, sugars): 50g, 4g
  • Protein: 20g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Salt: 1.5g


  1. 1.
    In a saucepan, heat the chicken broth over medium heat until hot but not boiling.
  2. 2.
    In a separate large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion, bell pepper, and minced garlic. Sauté until the vegetables are softened and fragrant.
  3. 3.
    Add the Arborio rice to the skillet and stir to coat the grains with the vegetable mixture.
  4. 4.
    Sprinkle in the cumin and sazón seasoning, and stir well to combine.
  5. 5.
    Begin adding the hot chicken broth to the skillet, one ladleful at a time, stirring constantly until the liquid is absorbed before adding more.
  6. 6.
    Continue this process, adding the broth gradually and stirring frequently, until the rice is cooked al dente and has a creamy consistency.
  7. 7.
    Stir in the cooked chicken and mixed vegetables, and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes until heated through.
  8. 8.
    Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  9. 9.
    Serve the Puerto Rican Style Risotto hot, garnished with fresh cilantro.

Treat your ingredients with care...

  • Arborio rice — Rinse the rice under cold water before cooking to remove excess starch and achieve a creamier texture.
  • Sazón seasoning — If you can't find sazón seasoning, you can make your own by combining equal parts of ground coriander, ground cumin, garlic powder, and annatto powder.

Tips & Tricks

  • To enhance the flavor, you can add a splash of Puerto Rican hot sauce or a squeeze of fresh lime juice to the risotto before serving.
  • For a vegetarian version, you can omit the chicken and add extra vegetables like mushrooms or zucchini.
  • Leftover risotto can be transformed into delicious arancini by shaping the cold risotto into balls, coating them in breadcrumbs, and frying until golden brown.

Serving advice

Serve the Puerto Rican Style Risotto as a main dish accompanied by a fresh green salad or fried plantains for a complete Puerto Rican meal.

Presentation advice

For an appealing presentation, garnish the risotto with a sprinkle of fresh cilantro and a few slices of colorful bell peppers.