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Pollo Guisado is a braised chicken stew and it is a quick and easy recipe that is perfect for any day of the week, and is also great a slow cooker meal. Just like any dish, there are different ways to cook Pollo Guisado. This is a dish found throughout Latin America. However, this is the Puerto Rican version that is made using my homemade Sofrito! Sofrito can be purchased in the grocery store in most places or it can be made at home. Finding the ingredients can sometimes be difficult though, but it is an essential part of any Puerto Rican dish. You can play with the ingredients a bit- include or not olive, capers, or various vegetables and peppers. This is such a quick and easy dish that making it a couple of times, you’ll know exactly what works. Here is a basic recipe that I use to make Pollo Guisado:
Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast or Tenderloins, 16 oz
3 Potatoes, approximately 1 cup
3 Carrots, peeled and cut
2 Tbsp. of Sofrito
2 Tbsp. of Tomato Sauce
2 packets of Sazon
Onions, raw, .5 cup, chopped
Green Bell Peppers 0.5 cup, chopped
Chicken Broth, 2 cup
If cooking on a crock pot- add all ingredients and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.
On the stove top, start with about 3” of water and begin cooking the chicken on medium heat covered for about 20 minutes. Add the broth, sofrito, tomato sauce, sazon and mix in. Add the potatoes, onions, peppers, and carrots in and then bring to a boil. Then lower to low heat and cook for about 20 minutes until the potatoes and carrots are tender. When they are ready, remove the top and raise the heat slightly to thicken the sauce.