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Pollo En Escabeche (Puerto Rican Pickled Chicken) | Delish D'Lites

Pollo En Escabeche (Puerto Rican Pickled Chicken)

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Puerto Rican
Keyword chicken, escabeche
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8
Author Delish D'Lites


  • 2 cooked boneless, skinless chicken breasts shredded
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 medium Spanish (yellow) onion peeled and sliced into thin rings
  • 1-2 cloves garlic peeled and smashed
  • 2 tsp whole black peppercorns
  • 2-3 dried bay leaves
  • salt to taste


  1. Pour the olive oil into a sauce pan. Heat on low (simmer), then add the onions and garlic, peppercorns and bay leaves.

  2. Cook on simmer ( you don't want the onions or garlic to brown at all, just soften). This should take 5-7 minutes.

  3. Add the vinegar and shredded chicken. Turn the heat off and stir the whole mixture to combine. Add salt to taste.

  4. Pour the mixture into a glass container, then cover and allow to marinate for at least 2 hours, or up to overnight.

  5. Serve cold or at room temperature with buttery crackers (like Ritz) or saltines.

Recipe Notes

Need to shred a ton of chicken? I use my handy Kitchenaid stand mixer to do it in about 30 seconds! Just toss the hot cooked chicken breasts into the mixing bowl. Make sure the beater attachment is in place. Raise the bowl and hit a low power setting for about 30 seconds. Voila, shredded chicken, in no time flat!