There’s a lot I love about the Puerto Rican food I grew up eating – from the rich flavors to the nostalgic feeling that comes with cooking and sharing the dishes with my own family. But, another thing I love about our Puerto Rican recipes is how simple so many of them are to cook! They are great for simple meals on busy weeknights and are also easy to prep ahead of time to cut back on cooking time. One such popular Puerto Rican dish is pollo guisado, or stewed chicken. Some call it chicken fricassee, but no matter the name, this pollo guisado recipe is simple to make and delicious for any weeknight meal. Serve with a side of white rice and your family is sure to love a traditional Puerto Rican meal!
To see pictures and purchase links for these ingredients, see 5 Must-Have Ingredients for Cooking Puerto Rican Food
Pollo Guisado Recipe (Puerto Rican Style Stewed Chicken)
- 6 or 7 chicken drumsticks or about 1/2 a chicken
- Meat tenderizer
- Water about 1 1/2 cups
- Carrots about 10 baby carrots
- Sazón 1/2 packet
- 1 Tbsp sofrito homemade if you can, but store-bought works too
- 1 Tbsp tomato paste
- 2 Tbsp tomato sauce
- 1/2 Tbsp cooking oil
- 4-5 green olives
- Salt to taste
- Potatoes about 3 medium, rinsed, peeled, and chopped into eighths
Season chicken with adobo and meat tenderizer to your liking.
Add chicken to pot with water, carrots, sazón, sofrito, tomato paste, tomato sauce, oil, olives, and salt.
Cook covered on low-medium heat until chicken is somewhat tender.
Add potatoes and continue cooking on low-medium heat until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes.
Raise heat to medium-high heat. Cook about 10 minutes until broth thickens a bit. Keep an eye on the pot as to not over-cook.
You could also cook this pollo guisado recipe in a slow cooker for a maintenance-free meal you can cook while away! Simply add all ingredients to the slow cooker and cook on low heat until the chicken is done and potatoes and carrots are tender.
We hope you enjoy this pollo guisado recipe as much as our family does! If you try our pollo guisado recipe, be sure to let us know in the comments below!
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