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Authentic Dominican Pollo Guisado Recipe

Pollo Guisado, or stewed chicken, is a beloved dish in the Dominican Republic, known for its rich flavors and tender meat. This recipe brings the vibrant tastes of Dominican cuisine to your kitchen, creating a hearty and satisfying meal perfect for any occasion. Here’s how you can make Pollo Guisado.


– 2 lbs of chicken (cut into pieces)
– 2 tablespoons of olive oil
– 1 large onion (finely chopped)
– 1 bell pepper (chopped)
– 4 cloves of garlic (minced)
– 2 tomatoes (diced)
– 1/2 cup of tomato sauce
– 1/4 cup of olives (optional)
– 2 tablespoons of vinegar
– 1 teaspoon of oregano
– 1 teaspoon of cumin
– 1 teaspoon of paprika
– 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
– 1/2 teaspoon of salt
– 2 cups of chicken broth
– 2 potatoes (peeled and cubed)
– 2 carrots (sliced)
– Fresh cilantro (for garnish)


1. **Marinate the Chicken**: Start by seasoning the chicken pieces with salt, black pepper, oregano, cumin, paprika, and vinegar. Let it marinate for at least 30 minutes, allowing the flavors to penetrate the meat.

2. **Sauté Vegetables**: In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion, bell pepper, and minced garlic. Sauté until the vegetables are soft and fragrant, about 5-7 minutes.

3. **Brown the Chicken**: Add the marinated chicken pieces to the pot, cooking until they are browned on all sides. This process locks in the flavors and adds a delicious caramelized layer to the chicken.

4. **Add Tomatoes and Sauce**: Once the chicken is browned, add the diced tomatoes and tomato sauce to the pot. Stir well to combine. The tomatoes add a natural sweetness and acidity that balances the dish.

5. **Simmer**: Pour in the chicken broth and add the olives if using. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover the pot and let it simmer for about 30 minutes, allowing the chicken to cook thoroughly and absorb the flavors of the sauce.

6. **Add Vegetables**: After 30 minutes, add the cubed potatoes and sliced carrots to the pot. These vegetables will soak up the rich sauce, becoming tender and flavorful. Continue to simmer for another 20-30 minutes, or until the potatoes and carrots are fully cooked.

7. **Garnish and Serve**: Once the chicken and vegetables are tender, taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning if needed. Garnish with fresh cilantro before serving.

Pollo Guisado is typically served with white rice, but it also pairs well with mashed plantains or a simple green salad. The combination of succulent chicken, hearty vegetables, and a savory sauce makes this dish a staple in Dominican households. Enjoy this taste of the Dominican Republic with your family and friends, and experience the warmth and richness of its culinary heritage.

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