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Puerto Rican Chicken (Guisado de Pollo)

Puerto Rican Chicken stewed in a flavorful broth of sofrito and tomato. In Spanish it’s called Guisado de Pollo and it’s a classic dinner served with rice. A steaming bowl of stewed chicken is Puerto Rican comfort food at its best! 

Puerto Rican Chicken Stew (Guisado de Pollo or Pollo en Fricase) with sofrito, tomato, potatoes and olives

Puerto Rican Chicken

Hello, readers! You all looove Puerto Rican food! Also sweets, but when it comes to dinner my Puerto Rican recipes are the most popular on the blog.

Today I’m adding another essential recipe to the arsenal: Puerto Rican Chicken. Sometimes this dish is called Pollo en Fricase, sometimes Guisado de Pollo.

Puerto Rican Chicken Stew (Guisado de Pollo or Pollo en Fricase) with sofrito, tomato, potatoes and olives

The only real difference I can find between the two is the amount of liquid in the final product. Guisado (or stew) is usually more soupy and fricassee more tomato-y. Sometimes it’s all about the chicken and sometimes potatoes or other vegetables are added.

Puerto Rican Chicken Stew (Guisado de Pollo or Pollo en Fricase) with sofrito, tomato, potatoes and olives

My mom likes to add zucchini to her Puerto Rican chicken. This is not at all traditional, but it increases the nutritional value and tastes delicious! Basically, anything you add to this stew will soak up the incredible flavors of the broth which is my favorite part.

Because the broth is so tasty and flavorful, we like to serve this stew over over. It soaks up every last drop and increases the comfort level. I’m getting hungry as I write this!

You’ll need sofrito to make this recipe, so check out my post on Puerto Rican sofrito, which also includes substitutes if you can’t find certain ingredients!

Puerto Rican Chicken Stew (Guisado de Pollo or Pollo en Fricase) with sofrito, tomato, potatoes and olives

Puerto Rican Chicken Stew (Guisado de Pollo or Pollo en Fricase) with sofrito, tomato, potatoes and olives

Puerto Rican Chicken (Guisado de Pollo)

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Puerto Rican style chicken stewed in a sofrito based broth with potatoes and olives.

Ingredients

For the chicken:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 pounds bone-in chicken thighs and/or legs
  • 1 tablespoon adobo
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano

For the broth:

  • 2 heaping tablespoons sofrito
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Manzanilla or Spanish pimento-stuffed olives
  • 1/2 pound potatoes, peeled and diced into large chunks
  • 1/2 pound zucchini, sliced (about 2 medium squash)(optional)
  • 2-3 cups of water or chicken stock
  • 1 packet Sazón with Coriander and Annatto (aka Culantro y Achiote)
  • 1 teaspoon adobo
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic power
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Cooked white rice, for serving

Instructions

For the chicken:

  1. Heat oil in caldero or large pot. Meanwhile, season chicken with adobo, garlic powder, salt, pepper and oregano. Brown chicken on all sides, then remove from pan.

For the broth:

  1. Add sofrito to pot and sauté until soft and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add tomato sauce and bring to a simmer. Add, olives, potatoes, zucchini and water (or chicken stock). Use more or less water depending how soupy you like it.
  2. Stir in Sazón, adobo, garlic powder and oregano. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil then taste again, broth should taste bold and salty.
  3. Add chicken back to pot and lower heat. Cover and simmer until cooked through, about 30-45 minutes. Serve over white rice.

Did you make this recipe?

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Rebecca

Friday 14th of June 2019

Thankyou so much for this recipe!!! I’m a novice cook, and this was easy to follow and make. I grew up with food like this.... now, I live in a really rural area and there is no place to get anything other than pizza. Anyway, I just made it, I’m actually eating as I’m writing. :) Delicious! I made it with boneless chicken.... still good. :) I did have a hard time finding the Sophrito, primarily because I thought it was a spice.... lol. It was near the Goya section. Thank you so much!

Rebekah

Friday 14th of June 2019

Thanks so much! I've made it with boneless chicken before too. :-) Thanks for the tip on where to find sofrito - readers will appreciate that.

Holly

Saturday 20th of April 2019

One of my best childhood friends is Puerto Rican, and I loved going to her house for dinner! Found this recipe and made it to the T. It was exactly like my friend’s mom used to make! It made a lot (just my boyfriend and me at the house) so I took it to work the next day, along with arroz con grandules. Now everyone thinks I can cook, haha! Thank you so much!

Pat

Monday 31st of December 2018

Can you do this with boneless chicken?

Rebekah

Monday 31st of December 2018

Yes, I've done it with boneless before.

ellen

Tuesday 18th of September 2018

I made this tonight and it was soooo good! Comfort food! Adding it to one of my favorites! Thank you! Oh and the sofrito -I could just eat that by itself even!

Katie

Thursday 17th of May 2018

I for one am grateful for your Puerto Rican recipes!! About a year ago my now boyfriend woo'd me with homemade coquito so I decided to win him over with some home cooking of my own lol. I start out on Pinterest but I always end up here! Your recipes are easy to follow and delicious, I'm trying this one out tonight 😊

Rebekah

Thursday 17th of May 2018

That must have been some good coquito!! :-D That's so cool and thank you for commenting you made my day!