Pollo Guisado Recipe

Pollo Guisado Recipe

Gluten Free

Dairy Free

This is a very tasty Mexican Chicken Stew.  Adapted from chilipeppermadness.com


  • 2 1/2 pounds of chicken breasts (I prefer Kol Foods)
  • 2 Tablespoons adobo seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon Sazon Seasoning
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 small bell pepper chopped
  • 1 Jalapeno pepper chopped
  • 1 Sorano pepper chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 1/4 cup Sofrito (see recipe below)
  • 1/2 cup olives (preferably green, black also work)
  • 1-3 Medium potatoes
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 1-2 cups chicken broth


  1.  Season the chicken with adobo and sazon seasoning.  Be sure to get all sides.
  2. Heat the oil in a large pot or dutch oven over medium high heat.  Add chicken and cook for 2-4 minutes on each side.  Remove chicken to a plate.
  3. Add onion, peppers, garlic and Sofito.  Stir and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Add olives, potatoes, bay leaves, tomato sauce, and enough chicken broth to cover everything.
  5. Bring to a boil, the reduce the heat to simmer (low) and cover.  Simmer for 30 minutes, checking each chicken piece frequently.  Remove each piece when it insta-reads 165 degrees.  Cut each cooked piece into bit size pieces and set aside until all the chicken is cooked.
  6. Once all the chicken is cooked and cut up, re-add it to the stew and finish cooking for the 30 minutes in step 5 on lowest setting possible.


  1. I couldn’t find Sazon seasoning, so I used 3 TBLS of store bought adobo, it was too salty.  Next time make sazon seasoning and reduce the adobo.

Sofrito Recipe


  • 2 red bell peppers seeded and chopped
  • 2 cubanelle peppers seeded and chopped (i substituted 1 jalepeno)
  • 4-5 Aji Dulce peppers seeded and chopped (I substituted 1 serano pepper)
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 8 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 1 bunch cilantro leaves about 1 cup
  • 2 Culantro leaves chopped (replace with extra cilantro if you can’t find it)
  • 2 plum tomatoes chopped
  • salt to taste (about a tsp)


  1. Add all ingredients to the food processor. Process until either chunky or smooth.
  2. Store in fridge or freeze and use as needed

Sazon Seasoning Recipe


  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground anatto seeds (achiote) or turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper

Combine all ingredients and mix well, store in an airtight container.

Less salty adobo seasoning recipe


  • Garlic Powder. 3 tablespoons
  • Onion Powder. 1 tablespoon
  • Dried Oregano. 1 teaspoon
  • Salt. 1 teaspoon
  • Ground White Pepper. 1/2 teaspoon (or use ground black pepper)
  • Paprika. 1 teaspoon

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