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Puerto Rican Pollo Fricase (Chicken Fricassee)

Pollo Fricase is a comforting chicken stew that's made special with the addition of wine or beer. This makes it a distinctive dish that's a variation of traditional Pollo Guisado. This comfort food classic is a great one pot meal that's easily adaptable for the slow cooker.

Course Entree
Cuisine Puerto Rican
Keyword chicken fricassee, pollo en fricase, pollo fricase
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 14 minutes
Servings 4
Author Delish D'Lites


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds bone-in chicken thighs or legs
  • 2 tsp Sazon seasoning with annatto
  • 1 teaspoon Adobo all purpose seasoning
  • 4 tablespoons sofrito homemade or storebought
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth plus more if needed
  • 1 cup white wine, red wine, beer or grape juice
  • 2 teaspoons powdered chicken bouillon or more according to your taste use like salt
  • 3/4 cup peeled & diced potatoes
  • 3/4 cup baby carrots
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 10 pimento-stuffed olives
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro for garnish, optional
  • optional: cubed sweet potatoes, split corn on the cob, cubed pumpkin


  1. Heat a Dutch oven on medium heat.
  2. Season the chicken with the Adobo seasoning and sazon, then add the olive oil and chicken to the pot. Let the pieces brown for 4-5 minutes on each side.
  3. Remove the chicken from the pot and set it aside.
  4. Add the sofrito, tomato paste and oregano to the Dutch oven and saute for one minute. Add the wine. broth, bay leaves and olives into the pot, making sure to scrape the bottom of the pan to loosen any brown bits. Bring the mixture to a boil, then add the chicken back into the pot.
  5. Lower the heat to a simmer and cook the pollo fricase for 30 minutes with the lid on.
  6. Add the peeled potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, sweet potato and corn (if using). Cook the stew for 30 more minutes, until the potatoes are soft and the chicken is cooked through. If your stew is too watery. cook with the lid off to reduce the liquid to your desired level. If there's not enough liquid, add more broth.
  7. Check for seasoning and add a bit more chicken bouillon if the pollo fricase needs a bit more salt.
  8. Sprinkle the finished stew with the chopped cilantro, if using, and stir.
  9. Serve with rice, tostones and avocado, if desired.