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Puerto Rican Chicken Stew – Pollo Guisado

August 31, 2016

Packed with veggies and mushrooms, this Puerto Rican Chicken Stew (Pollo Guisado) makes a great weeknight dinner. The taste and smell of this stew is ridiculous! Caribbean flavors in your kitchen!

This traditional Puerto Rican Chicken Stew (Pollo Guisado) is easy and quick to make. Perfect as a weeknight dinner! | cookingtheglobe.com

In the last post I dipped my feet into the world of Puerto Rican food and I enjoyed it a lot. Their famous Sofrito (a vegetable base added to numerous Caribbean dishes) was the first Puerto Rican thing I have ever made in my whole life. I call it a flavor bomb – the combination of cilantro, bell peppers, garlic, and onion is fantastic! However, Sofrito itself is a not a dish – it’s the flavor enhancer added to stews, soups, everywhere. Therefore, it’s logical that after making this “flavor bomb” I had to show you one of the ways to use it.

This traditional Puerto Rican Chicken Stew (Pollo Guisado) is easy and quick to make. Perfect as a weeknight dinner! | cookingtheglobe.com

Meet a flavor packed Puerto Rican Chicken Stew, called Pollo Guisado. It’s not actually a name, just a translation of “Chicken Stew” from Spanish. The idea to make this famous Caribbean dish came to me right after I stuffed my freezer with a few ice cube trays full of Sofrito. I love freezing various sauces (like Pesto for example), they come in handy when you want to bring more aroma to the dish you cook real quick.

This traditional Puerto Rican Chicken Stew (Pollo Guisado) is easy and quick to make. Perfect as a weeknight dinner! | cookingtheglobe.com

Like with Sofrito, I adapted the recipe for this Puerto Rican Chicken Stew from a “Puerto Rican Cuisine in America” by Oswald Rivera. I made a few changes though: increased the amount of Sofrito, added mushrooms to the recipe, and also used the ready chicken pieces instead of buying the whole bird and cutting it. Hi everyone, I am Igor and I am lazy as hell. My fridge offered me some chicken breast that day, but you can use boneless chicken thighs or whatever you like.

This traditional Puerto Rican Chicken Stew (Pollo Guisado) is easy and quick to make. Perfect as a weeknight dinner! | cookingtheglobe.com

Pollo Guisado was really good. Or should I say fantastic! I guess Sofrito is that secret ingredient, which adds the special touch and rises this flavorful stew to another level. No doubt about it. All other ingredients are also on point here. I am surely repeating this divine Puerto Rican dish in the nearest future and recommend it to you, my dear readers! This traditional Puerto Rican Chicken Stew (Pollo Guisado) is easy and quick to make. Perfect as a weeknight dinner! | cookingtheglobe.com

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Puerto Rican Chicken Stew - Pollo Guisado
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

This comforting and filling chicken stew comes from Puerto Rico, and it's amazing. Chicken, veggies, mushrooms, all combined to create a Caribbean feast in your kitchen!

Cuisine: Puerto Rican
Servings: 4 people
Calories Per Serving: 511 kcal
Author: CookingTheGlobe
Ingredients
  • 2 lb (900g) boneless skinless chicken breast or thighs , cut into pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic , peeled and minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • salt , to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 medium potatoes , halved and quartered
  • 1 small onion , thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons Sofrito
  • 8 oz (240g) mushrooms
  • 1 8 oz (240g) can tomato sauce
  • 10 black olives
  • 1 bay leave
  • 3 sprigs fresh parsley , chopped
Instructions
  1. Rub the chicken pieces with the garlic, salt, pepper, and oregano.
  2. In a large pot, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil and place the chicken pieces. Brown on all sides and remove from the pot.
  3. Add 3 cups water, potatoes, onion, sofrito, mushrooms, tomato sauce, olives, bay leaf, and bring to a boil.
  4. Add the chicken back to the pot, reduce the heat, and cook, covered, for about 35-45 minutes, until the potatoes are tender.
  5. Sprinkle some parsley over the top and serve. Enjoy!

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30 Comments

  • Reply Choclette September 1, 2016 at 8:20 am

    I don’t know much about Puerto Rican food, but I do like South American flavours and your chicken dish sounds delicious.

    • Reply Igor September 27, 2016 at 7:14 am

      Choclette, I got acquainted with Puerto Rican cuisine not such a long time ago myself, but believe me – it’s totally worth it!

  • Reply Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy September 1, 2016 at 9:13 am

    This looks like such a comforting dish. I have never tried Puerto Rican food before either, but I need to give it a try.

    • Reply Igor September 27, 2016 at 7:14 am

      It’s really awesome!

  • Reply Diana September 1, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Sounds like a stew I would really enjoy. Beautiful photography too!

    • Reply Igor September 27, 2016 at 7:15 am

      Thanks for the kind words, Diana!

  • Reply Kate September 1, 2016 at 9:32 am

    I’ll have to look out for Sofrito. The stew sounds delicious.

    • Reply Igor September 27, 2016 at 7:16 am

      It really is, Kate!

  • Reply Noor September 1, 2016 at 9:47 am

    Sounds so delicious and fresh! I’ll definitely be whipping this up later in the week for dinner ?

    • Reply Igor September 27, 2016 at 7:16 am

      Let me know how you liked it 🙂

  • Reply Kristen September 1, 2016 at 10:55 am

    This is a new one for me. Doesn’t look to spicy, I bet my kids would eat it!

    • Reply Igor September 27, 2016 at 7:17 am

      I am not a fan of spicy things, so it’s really not too spicy. I promise!

  • Reply Platter Talk September 1, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    Looks deeeelish and fits my calorie count! Thanks for the new idea!

    • Reply Igor September 27, 2016 at 7:18 am

      You are always welcome! 🙂

  • Reply Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy September 1, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    With comfort food season just around the corner, this looks delicious. It would make nice and tasty leftovers too.

    • Reply Igor September 27, 2016 at 7:23 am

      Yes, I bet it’s perfect for chilly fall and winter days! 🙂

  • Reply Renee September 1, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    This looks amazing! Pinning this recipe for later 🙂

    • Reply Igor September 27, 2016 at 7:25 am

      It really is crazy delicious, Renne!

  • Reply Aish Padihari September 1, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    Very nice. Looks very similar to how my mom makes in India. Pretty colors.

    • Reply Igor September 27, 2016 at 7:26 am

      Wow, I didn’t know it’s also made in India. Awesome!

  • Reply Pat C.Wilson September 19, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    i have had no idea about Puerto Rican food before, so this post help me wide the door of knowledge.
    looks tasty for a dinner. i must give it a try soon. thanks for sharing.

    • Reply Igor September 27, 2016 at 7:26 am

      Let me know if you try it, Pat!

  • Reply GiGi Eats September 20, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    OH WOW this looks just so dang good! My mouth wants it. It craves chicken ON THE REGULAR – and this variety is sooooo up it’s alley!

    • Reply Igor September 27, 2016 at 7:28 am

      You will love it, Gigi! I’m always looking for variety in chicken dishes and this is it!

  • Reply Hector November 18, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    Looks good. Next time you make this, try it with some plain white rice. That’s how we normally eat pollo guisado in Puerto Rico. Glad to see the food of my people has made it all the way to your corner of the globe. 🙂

    • Reply Igor November 24, 2016 at 8:26 pm

      Thanks for the advice, Hector! It’s always nice to hear from local people 🙂 I will surely make more Puerto Rican recipes for the blog in the future 🙂

  • Reply Marilee Reuter July 17, 2017 at 1:00 am

    Made this again tonight! We have had it at least 6 times. Love it! I also like to add the frozen Sofrito cubes to my chili. Nice flavor!

    • Reply Igor July 17, 2017 at 6:58 am

      Marilee, your comment made my day 🙂 I am so happy you liked it!

  • Reply ANA Maria Espada August 3, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    POLLO GUISADO ,White rice and a piece of avacodo was a favorite of mine as a child made with luv from my grandma so happy to see it on ur web page brings back sooo many Memories I make this for my gran kids now never have any left overs. And I always have sofrito in my freezer that is used in soups, beans,stews and so much more

    • Reply Igor August 17, 2017 at 5:12 am

      Thanks for the comment, Ana! I understand why your grand kids love this. Pollo Guisado is amazing! So many flavors 🙂

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