Fricase de Pollo

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Fricase de Pollo – Cuban Style Chicken Stew

Fricase de Pollo is a Cuban style chicken stew recipe that has red peppers, potatoes, green olives, and is cooked in a tomato and spice based sauce.  One pot comfort food.  Don’t want to spend the time searing and braising?  Easy enough – throw it all in a crock-pot and cook on low for 4-6 hours.

  • Author: beckie
  • Prep Time: 25 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 Hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Yield: 5
  • Category: Dinner / Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Spanish


  • 2 1/2 lbs (~10) chicken thighs, boneless & skinless
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 Tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 lb fingerling potato
  • 5 ounces (drained) green olive w/ pimento, sliced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp oregano flakes
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • Remove any excess fat from the thighs (no need to be neurotic – just a little fat off the sides).  Salt and pepper the chicken.
  • Bring a large pot to medium high heat and sear the chicken in batches ~ (4 minutes on one side and 2 minutes on the other).  You may need to do this in batches as the pan will not be large enough.  Set chicken aside on a plate.
  • Reduce heat to medium and add onions and pepper.  Cook ~ 5 minutes or until veggies are soft.  Add garlic and cook 1-2 minutes or until fragrant.  Add green olives, potatoes, all spices, tomato sauce, and broth.  Cook covered ~ 15 minutes.  Add chicken and any juices.  Cover and cook ~ 30 minutes or until potatoes are done, stirring occasionally.
  • Add salt to taste.  Happy Eating!  Beckie


Things In My Kitchen:

  • Crock-pot for when you don’t want to mess with searing and steps.
  • 6 quart dutch oven for when you want to take the time to sear and reduce the sauce.

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Keywords: Fricase, Pollo, Chicken, Spanish Chicken, Gluten Free, Comfort Foods, Dairy Free

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