Puerto Rican Pollo Guisado (Stewed Chicken), photo by Hispanic Kitchen

Puerto Rican Pollo Guisado (Stewed Chicken)

Cuisine: Caribbean
Prep Time: 2 hours (unless you decide to marinate overnight)
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
This pollo guisado is a healthy recipe packed with color and flavor. It's one of my favorite dishes to cook.

Selecting which meal to prepare after a long day at work can be daunting, especially if you're looking to have something nice and healthy. This Pollo Guisado recipe, or Puerto Rican stewed chicken, is flavorful, colorful and healthy, as it's accompanied by tons of veggies. The best part is that it only takes about 30 minutes to make if you use boneless chicken breast, as other chicken pieces may take longer to cook.

If you do have a little more time, you may marinate the chicken overnight, but it's not necessary.

A good tip is to buy a big pack of boneless breasts, portion them individually in freezer bags and have them handy in the fridge or freezer. Makes things easy later on!

 

Recipe by Sweets and Beyond. Photos by Hispanic Kitchen.

Ingredients

  • 1-2 pounds chicken breast (or 3 large bone-in breasts cut into chunks)
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 large carrots sliced
  • 3 potatoes cubed
  • 2-3 sprigs cilantro
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup olives pitted with pimentos
  • 5 tablespoons sofrito
  • 1 teaspoon adobo Goya or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 Sazón Knorr seasoning chicken or beef
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste

Directions

  1. Season the chicken with adobo, garlic powder, cumin and oregano. Marinate it for 2 hours or overnight (depending on your timeframe).Season the chicken with adobo, garlic powder, cumin and oregano. Marinate it for 2 hours or  overnight (depending on your timeframe).
  2. In a big pot, heat 1/4 cup of oil on medium-high heat. Place the seasoned chicken skin-side down and brown for 3 to 5 minutes on each side. The chicken will still be raw on the inside.In a big pot, heat 1/4 cup of oil on medium-high heat. Place the seasoned chicken skin-side down and brown for 3 to 5 minutes on each side. The chicken will still be raw on the inside.
  3. Add 5 tablespoons of sofrito to the browned chicken and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the tomato sauce, olives, cilantro sprigs, and Sazón Knorr package, and bring to a boil.Add the tomato sauce, olives, cilantro sprigs, and Sazón Knorr package, and bring to a boil.
  5. Add the carrots and enough water to cover the chicken. Cover with lid and cook on medium-high heat for 10 minutes.
  6. After 10 minutes, add salt to taste and add the potatoes. Cook uncovered for 20 to 25 minutes to thicken the sauce. Enjoy!

Chef Notes

To truly enjoy all the wonderful flavors of this pollo guisado estilo puertorriqueño, serve with white rice.

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