Fricase De Pollo

Being an active member of the internet, I have seen all the memes calling for bloggers to stop including a story before the recipe.

But this recipe brings back so many memories… haha I’m kidding. I will not bore you with the details. Just let me know what you think!

Ingredients

  • 8-10 chicken thighs (Bone-in, skinless) *See notes below
  • 2 cups mojo marinade (store bought is fine)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 ½  teaspoon salt (divided)
  • ½ teaspoon of pepper
  • 1 medium yellow onion (diced)
  • 1 red pepper (diced)
  • 4 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 cup dry white cooking wine
  • 2 healthy tablespoons of tomato paste 
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup alcaparrado olives (pimiento stuff will also do)
  • 1 tablespoon olive juice from can
  • 2 packets sazon goya (cilantro achiote)
  • 2 small/medium russet potatoes cut into square chunks 
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth

Instructions

  1. Marinade chicken pieces in mojo overnight or at least 30 minutes up to 24 hours.. 
  2. Once marinated, remove chicken from marinade and pat dry. **See notes below to know why
  3. Sprinkle the chicken with salt. 
  4. Heat the olive oil in a large pot, over high heat.  Wait for the oil to get very hot. 
  5. Brown the chicken skin side down (in batches if need be to not over crowd the pan), will take about 7-9 minutes.  Then flip the chicken and cook for just about 2 minutes (doesn’t need to cook through).  Remove from pan and set aside. 
  6. Add the onions and red pepper to the pan.  Sprinkle with the salt, pepper, the sazon packets, oregano, cumin, and saute until translucent. Then add in the garlic and cook for another 2 minutes. 
  7. Add the tomato paste and stir it into the veggies until it starts to look cooked out or about 2-3 minutes.  Add in the broth.  
  8. Add the wine to the pan and simmer with the veggies and paste for 5 minutes.  
  9. Add the chicken back into the pot.  Do not cover the chicken with the broth, want to keep the chicken braising without soaking the skin. 
  10. Simmer on medium/low heat  (covered) for 25 minutes, add potatoes, then simmer for another 25 minutes.

Notes

**Make sure to pat the chicken DRY before adding it to the oil. If you put them in wet you risk it splattering and burning you, and it will steam the chicken instead of browning.