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Pollo en Fricasé Guisado Recipe

Pollo en Fricasé ~ Chicken Fricassee

Mike Gonzalez
The ultimate comfort food is a traditional Puerto Rican chicken stew that's served over white rice. A savory tomato-based sauce, paired with fluffy potatoes, briny capers, and tender chicken, this is true comfort in a bowl.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 10 mins
Marinating Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 55 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Puerto Rican
Servings 4 people


  • 3 lbs chicken pieces bone-in and skinned
  • 3 tsp adobo spice seasoning
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • ½ red bell pepper diced
  • ¼ cup cilantro minced
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 14 oz diced tomato
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 bay leaf
  • 12 olives stuffed with red pimentos halved
  • 6 small golden potatoes halved
  • 3 large carrots peeled and chopped
  • salt to taste


  • Combine chicken, adobo, 2 tablespoons olive oil, and garlic. Toss until well combined, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
    3 lbs chicken pieces, 3 tsp adobo spice seasoning, 2 tbsp olive oil, 3 tbsp garlic
  • In a large heavy pot heat 1 tablespoon olive oil, add chicken brown evenly on all sides. Remove from oil and set aside. In the same pot add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, onion, bell pepper, and cilantro, sauté for 4 minutes or until translucent.
    3 lbs chicken pieces, 2 tbsp olive oil, ½ red bell pepper, 1 onion
  • Add red wine to deglaze the pot, scraping up all the brown bits at the bottom of the pot. Stir in diced tomato and tomato paste.
    1 cup red wine, 14 oz diced tomato, 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • Return the chicken to the pot with the rest of the ingredients. Raise heat to bring to a boil, lower to a simmer and cover.
    3 lbs chicken pieces, 1 onion, ½ red bell pepper, ¼ cup cilantro, 14 oz diced tomato, 2 bay leaf, 12 olives stuffed with red pimentos, 6 small golden potatoes, 3 large carrots, salt
  • Cook for 45 minutes or until chicken is tender. Uncover and simmer for 15 minutes or until sauce begins to thicken.
  • Serve over white rice.


Save lots of time by chopping, dicing and cubing everything ahead of time.
Be sure if you use potatoes, to place them in cool water, so they won’t lose their color.
If you want to use frozen veggies, be sure to have them ready and cook them according to the packaging instructions. You can substitute the water you boiled the frozen veggies instead of plain water.
Keyword Chicken