Pollo Guisado


This Spanish pollo guisado, or chicken stew is delicious and easy. It's great for entertaining and makes for great leftovers. Serve it over white rice.

close up view of Pollo Guisado in a blue pot, next to a blue kitchen towel
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 35 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 50 mins


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 whole chicken, cut up

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ cup sofrito

  • 2 potatoes, peeled and cubed

  • 2 cups chicken broth

  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • 1 (1.41 ounce) package sazon seasoning

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 2 tablespoons cold water

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


  1. Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper and add to the hot pot to brown, 6 to 7 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to a bowl and cover with an aluminum foil tent.

  2. Reduce heat to medium; add onion to the pot and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Stir in sofrito and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add potatoes, chicken broth, tomato sauce, sazón, cumin, and bay leaf; bring to a boil.

  3. Return chicken to the pot. Cover and cook for 1 hour. Remove chicken.

  4. Mix water and cornstarch together in a small bowl; stir into simmering mixture until nicely thickened. Place chicken back into the pot and cook together for about 10 minutes more.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

278 Calories
16g Fat
14g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 278
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Sodium 1339mg 58%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 16mg 78%
Calcium 27mg 2%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 482mg 10%

* 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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