Stewed Chicken (Pollo Guisado)

  • Author: Aida's Kitchen®
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 Hour 10 Minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x


A delicious stewed chicken that is slow cooked in a tropical sauce along with vegetables.   A hearty and flavorful meal that will definitely satisfied your palate.




  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of lite salt
  • ½ teaspoon of black pepper

Tomato-Oil Based Sauce

  • 1 can of beer (Coors light or brand of your preference)
  • ½ cup of chopped onions
  • 3 sprigs chopped cilantro
  • 3 to 4 culantro (recao) leaves, cut into halves
  • 2 tablespoons of annatto oil
  • 20 pimiento stuffed green olives, cut into halves
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 cup of tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of sofrito
  • ½ teaspoon of oregano leaves
  • 1 teaspoon lite salt or to taste
  • 2 to 3 bay leaves

Chicken Parts

  • 3 skinless chicken thighs, rinsed and patted dry
  • 3 skinless chicken drumsticks, rinsed and patted dry
  • Sufficient water to cover chicken in saucepan

Root Vegetables

  • 3 large potatoes, cut into quarters
  • 1 cup baby carrots, cut into halves


  1.   In a small bowl, mix marinating ingredients.  Coat the chicken parts evenly with marinade.
  2.   Cover with lid and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
  3.   In a 4-quart saucepan,  add all the ingredients for the tomato-oil based sauce and stir well.
  4.   Simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.
  5.   Add the chicken parts to saucepan and pour sufficient water to cover the chicken.  Stir well.
  6.   Bring the liquid to a boil.
  7.   Once the water is boiling, reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes.  Cover saucepan with lid.
  8.   Place the potato chunks and carrots in saucepan and stir.  Cover saucepan with lid and simmer until      the vegetables are tender for approximately 20 to 30 minutes.
  9.   If you prefer a thicker sauce, then continue cooking with saucepan uncovered until the sauce has the    thickness of your preference.

  • Category: Stews
  • Method: Simmering
  • Cuisine: Puerto Rican

Keywords: Pollo Guisado, Stewed Chicken