Asopao de Pollo recipe by Chef Maria Mercedes Grubb

Asopao de Pollo is a traditional Puerto Rican dish that's essentially a cross between soup and paella. It's hearty, flavorful, and is often considered comfort food. While I can provide a general recipe for Asopao de Pollo, please note that my knowledge is current as of January 2022, and I do not have a specific recipe from Chef Maria Mercedes Grubb. Furthermore, precise nutritional values would require laboratory testing, but I can give an estimate based on the ingredients.

Asopao de Pollo Recipe


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4-6 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups short-grain rice
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup pimento-stuffed green olives, sliced
  • 1/4 cup capers, drained
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish


  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper and brown them on both sides. Remove and set aside.
  2. In the same pot, sauté the onions, bell pepper, and garlic until softened.
  3. Add rice to the pot and stir for about 2 minutes.
  4. Return the chicken to the pot and add chicken broth, diced tomatoes, olives, capers, cumin, and coriander. Stir well.
  5. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover, and let it simmer for about 25-30 minutes, or until the rice is cooked and has absorbed most of the liquid.
  6. Stir in the frozen peas and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  7. Check for seasoning, adjust salt and pepper if necessary.
  8. Serve hot, garnished with fresh cilantro.

Estimated Nutritional Values (per serving, based on 6 servings):

  • Calories: 400-450 kcal
  • Protein: 25-30g
  • Carbohydrates: 45-50g
    • Dietary Fiber: 3-4g
    • Sugars: 4-5g
  • Fat: 15-20g
    • Saturated Fat: 3.5-4.5g
  • Sodium: 800-1000mg (depending on the saltiness of the broth and the quantity of added salt)
  • Potassium: 400-500mg
  • Vitamin A: ~15% DV
  • Vitamin C: ~50% DV
  • Calcium: ~5% DV
  • Iron: ~15% DV

Remember, these values are approximate and can vary based on the specific brands and quantities of ingredients used. For precise nutritional values, especially in the context of dietary restrictions or health concerns, consulting a registered dietitian or using a detailed nutritional calculator is recommended.

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