Puerto Rican Braised Stew Chicken (Pollo Guisado)

The older I get the more I realize what an amazing mami I have! She made homemade meals all throughout our childhood and even today we beg for her to make some of our favorite meals. This recipe is one of my most loved. But like many of my mami's recipes it's hard to measure a lot of what she puts in. Mostly because she never measures and instead goes by taste.

Of course, I called her and asked how she made it and I tried very hard to make it just like she does. However, I don't think I could ever make it exactly the same way! 

This is so so delicious and hearty. And like most of my mami's meals she always served it with a side of white rice. 


4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (can also use bone in with skin) We opt for grass-fed no hormones. It is more pricey but I promise you can taste the difference and it is a better choice for you and your family :) 
1 tbsp olive oil
1 - 6 oz can of organic tomato paste
1/2 cup water
1 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup Spanish olives
salt & tellicherry pepper 
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cumin
1 small white onion chopped
2 medium potatoes chopped
3 large organic carrots chopped
1/2 cup organic cilantro chopped
3 organic sweet peppers chopped
2 Bay leaves

To make:

In a large skillet sautee the onions with olive oil on medium high. Once the onions are sauteed add the chicken stock and water. Add the tomato paste and slowly mix-- you should get a thinned out sauce. Add the garlic, cumin and cilantro. In a separate bowl-- season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Lower the heat and allow to simmer. Add the carrots, cilantro and potatoes, olives, sweet peppers and bay leaves. Allow to simmer so that the veggies can begin to soften (about 15 mn). After the sauce has simmered add the chicken breasts last and cover your pot. Allow to stew for 20 mn. Your chicken should be fully cooked at that time (you can always measure the temp of your chicken, it should be 165 degrees). 

To serve: You will have delicious tender chicken! Cut the chicken in slices, serve with the vegetables on top and if you'd like a side of whit rice.

 Buen provecho!

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