|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Servings: 4 to 6|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 34g||44%|
|Saturated Fat 8g||38%|
|Total Carbohydrate 15g||5%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||9%|
|Total Sugars 2g|
|Vitamin C 12mg||60%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Pollo guisado is a chicken-based stew that takes on different forms depending on its origin. While it's commonly associated with Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic, it also a staple throughout Central and South America. Most versions include juicy and moist chicken braised in its broth or tomato and flavored with onions, garlic, and herbs, but each country, or cook, adds or removes ingredients to adjust it to their personal taste and the availability of produce. Some have potatoes, others have carrots, some have both but also peas and corn. Our recipe delivers the delicious Puerto Rican version, famous for the addition of green olives and the use of the popular sofrito—also an aromatic staple in Hispanic cuisine that takes on multiples forms depending on the origin.
This recipe's fall-off-the-bone chicken will delight your family, plus it's a budget-friendly dish in which you can use any chicken cut, from breasts to wings or thighs. We recommend using bone-in pieces with the skin, as they release more flavor into the cooking liquid. The chicken's tenderness is the result of slow braising, which makes the chicken very tender, helps to reduce the sauce to a perfect texture, and concentrates the flavors.
Most of the ingredients will not be hard to come by in your average American supermarket. Some, such as culantro—known as recao for Puerto Ricans and similar to but not the same as cilantro—are worth seeking out. Culantro's flavor is more intense than cilantro and it holds up in long braises and stews, which is why it works well here. Hispanic bodegas or specialty stores might carry culantro on occasion. Serve this dish over rice and beans, white rice, or yellow rice with corn. Alternatively, fry some tostones and serve with the plantain and slices of avocado.
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"I served this dish over rice and everyone in my family loved it! It was simple to throw together, had great flavor, and did I mention that everyone ate it?! Next time I'll add more olives but that's about all I'd change." —Carrie Parente
2 1/2 pounds skin-on chicken, cut-up
1 teaspoon adobo seasoning
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 large potato, peeled and cubed
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 cup chicken broth, or water
1 culantro leaf
1/4 cup pimento olives, pitted
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon achiote oil, or 1 packet sazón seasoning
1/2 cup sofrito
Gather the ingredients.
Season the chicken pieces with the adobo seasoning.
Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a heavy skillet or a Dutch oven.
Add the chicken pieces and brown them for about 5 minutes per side.
Add the potato cubes, tomato sauce, chicken broth, culantro, olives, cumin, Italian seasoning, bay leaf, achiote oil, and sofrito. Stir well and turn the chicken pieces to coat them with the sauce.
Cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid and reduce the heat to low. Simmer the chicken stew for 35 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in the thickest piece, away from the bone, reads 160 F.
Remove the bay leaf and the culantro leaf.
Serve hot and enjoy!
How to Store Pollo Guisado
This dish will keep in the fridge, covered, for 3 to 5 days. You can also freeze it and store it for up to 3 months. To reheat, thaw overnight and place in a pot with an extra 1/2 to 1 cup of chicken broth, depending on how much you're preparing, cover, and bring to a simmer. Allowing the chicken to heat up all the way through and taste for seasonings before serving.