Trail Cooking

FBC Meals: Arroz Con Pollo

This is a filling FBC (Freezer Bag Cooking) friendly recipe – it will serve 2 large appetites, or 2 average appetites plus a child.

Directions for both FBC and One Pot Method, dinner will be ready with minimal work.

It’s packed with protein and lots of veggies. It’s also good without the cheese, if you want to carry less.

Arroz Con Pollo

In a quart freezer bag or a Food Vac bag:

Also take:

  • 1 ounce or 1 stick Jack cheese*
  • 1 packet or 1 Tbsp olive oil

FBC Method:

Place the bag in a FBC Cozy or similar.

Add 3 cups boiled water and oil to the bag, stirring well. Seal tightly.

Let sit for 15 minutes.

One Pot Method:

Bring 3 cups water and oil to a boil in a pot. Add in dry ingredients, stir well. Cover, turn off stove and let sit for 15 minutes.

If at high altitude, or in cold temperatures, insulate pot in a pot cozy.

Serves 2.


Saffron isn’t cheap, but there are ways to find it affordably. Look in the bulk spice sections versus the spice aisle. Or at Trader Joe’s in their spice aisle (it’s in a glass jar with a cool cork lid, the bottle itself is a keeper). If you cannot find it affordable, yes, you can leave it out.

With the cheese, you can carry single serving sticks of cheese, or if you have freeze-dried cheese on hand, add it to the dry ingredients.

When prepping recipes using freeze-dried ingredients (versus dehydrated) you want to ensure the bag is well sealed. Particularly with freeze-dried meat. If you are making the meal to use that weekend, a plastic freezer bag will work great. If longer, I highly suggest using a FoodVac sealer and precut quart size bags.

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One thought on “FBC Meals: Arroz Con Pollo

  1. Trail food has no business being this good. This was my reward for finishing 8 miles of snowshoeing on the Superior Hiking Trail, and it was GOOD. This goes for all the recipes I’ve tried on here, but I’d have no problem eating this at home let alone when I’m willing to eat my own shoes at the end of a taxing day on the trail.

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