Fricase de Pollo


My husband's family came from Cuba 25 years ago, and this is his favorite meal. Serve with frijoles negros and arros blanco (black beans and rice).

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hr
3 servings


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • ½ large red bell pepper, diced

  • ½ red onion, diced

  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 2 cups water, or as needed

  • 6 skinless chicken leg quarters, separated into thighs and drumsticks

  • salt to taste


  1. Heat olive oil in a pressure cooker over medium heat. Stir in red bell pepper and onion; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until golden.

  2. Dissolve tomato paste in 1 cup water and pour it into the pressure cooker. Place chicken thighs and drumsticks in the pan so the pieces are evenly spaced. Add enough water so that the chicken is nearly covered.

  3. Seal the pressure cooker and bring up to pressure over high heat. Reduce the heat to low, maintaining full pressure; cook for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow the pressure to drop naturally, about 20 minutes. Season chicken with salt to taste.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

454 Calories
27g Fat
7g Carbs
43g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 3
Calories 454
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 35%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 146mg 49%
Sodium 220mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 43g
Vitamin C 40mg 200%
Calcium 41mg 3%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 518mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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