Recipes from The Dominican Republic: Pollo Guisado

Recipes from The Dominican Republic

Pollo Guisado

Country: Dominican Republic
Course: Main
Makes: 6 to 8 servings


  • 1 whole chicken, cut into small pieces
  • 2 lemons, halved
  • 2 green bell peppers
  • 1 small red onion, sliced or cut into fine strips
  • 1/2 tsp garlic, pressed
  • 4 plum tomatoes, cut into quarters
  • 1/4 cup pitted olives, halved
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp powdered chicken bouillon
  • 3 tbsp sazon seasoning
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • water, to cover
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • kosher salt to taste


  1. Mix the lemon juice with the peppers, onions, garlic, tomatoes and olives. Pour over the chicken and let sit for 30 minutes.
  2. Heat the oil in a large pot. Add the bouillon, sazon seasoning and sugar and cook until the sugar starts to caramelize.
  3. Add the chicken to the pot and turn until coated with the seasoning. Cook on both sides until lightly browned.
  4. Put enough water in the pot to cover the chicken. Now add the vegetables.
  5. Turn up the heat to medium high. When the water boils, add the tomato paste, cumin and chili powder. Cover and simmer until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are tender.
  6. Garnish with the chopped cilantro and serve.