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Fricasé de Pollo (Cuban chicken fricassee)

Fricasé de Pollo (Cuban chicken fricassee)

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Fricasé de pollo (or chicken fricassee) is a Cuban dish featuring chicken, tomatoes, green olives, and Yukon gold potatoes stewed together into excellence. This is an easy weeknight version of the recipe that comes together in a matter of minutes!

Like many of my Cuban recipes, this one came straight from Joey’s (that’s mister Diplomat!) family cookbook. We’ve changed very little- primarily adding measurements and specifics- except for the addition of potatoes. These aren’t strictly necessary but they are an ingredient in many Cuban fricassee recipes and I think they fill out the recipe very nicely.

This recipe is perfect for busy nights or anytime you’re looking for comfort food that’s easy and quick. It’s made primarily of pantry staples and that’s awesome. But don’t let the simplicity of the ingredients fool you- this recipe is absolutely greater than the sum of its parts.

Speaking of the ingredients, there are two on the list that may look unfamiliar. The first is adobo con pimienta, which is a spice blend found in many Cuban and other Spanish recipes. There are many brands that make their own version of adobo con pimienta. It’s available in most major grocery stores here in Colorado, either with the spices or in the Spanish section. One of the most common brands is Goya. You can find more information about that here.

The second is vino seco. This is a dry golden cooking wine that is also a staple of Cuban cuisine. Depending on where you are in the country it can be very difficult to find. I highly recommend using it for that extra splash of Cuban perfection, but if you just can’t find it you can substitute white wine. You can find more information about vino seco here.

Fricasé de pollo can be served as is, like a soup or stew, but it’s commonly (and I believe best) served over white rice. You can serve each person an intact drumstick and some sauce/olives/potatoes (as shown below); or you can slip the extremely tender meat from the drumstick bones beforehand and stir into the stew before serving over rice. The world is your oyster! Do your thing.

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This recipe calls for an old school pressure cooker. Pressure cookers are  one of those kitchen items that most Cuban families just “have” and a lot of recipes are built around them. (At one point, I had an electric pressure cooker. It broke after about two months. My regular pressure cooker, however, may outlast human civilization. Joey had it long before we even met. No moving parts, no electronic components, nothing that can break.)

All of that to say, I don’t have an Instant Pot like everyone else does. I can’t necessarily tell you how to convert this recipe for an Instant Pot because I’ve never used one. But as for advice, I can say that you should allow it to be under pressure for the approximate time of 20 minutes and to do a natural pressure release, not a manual one. That’s about as specific as I can get.

Do yourself a favor and get this authentic and delicious Cuban chicken fricassee recipe going on your stove.

 

Fricasé de pollo (Cuban chicken fricassee

Fricasé de pollo (or chicken fricassee) is a Cuban dish featuring chicken, tomatoes, green olives, and Yukon gold potatoes stewed together into excellence. This is an easy weeknight version of the recipe that comes together in a matter of minutes!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Cuban
Keyword authentic, best way to cook, comfort food, cuban chicken recipe, restaurant style
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs chicken drumsticks
  • 1/2 lb yukon gold potatoes (about 2 small or 1 large)
  • 1 8-oz can no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup vino seco
  • 1 tsp adobo con pimienta
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 3/4 tsp oregano
  • 1 6 oz jar manzanilla olives + 1/4 cup of their brine
  • Cooked rice, for serving

Instructions

  1. Remove skins from chicken drumsticks. Dice yukon gold potatoes into inch-sized pieces.

  2. Place all of the ingredients into the pressure cooker. Be sure to only include 1/4 cup of the olive brine.

  3. Bring contents to a boil and then secure the pressure cooker lid on top. Wait unil you hear the pot become pressurized, with the valve gently rocking, to begin the timer. Cook under pressure for 20 minutes (or until the juices on your drumsticks run clear).

  4. Remove from heat and let the pressure release naturally. Don't open the valve and let the pressure come pouring out. This will take about 5 minutes.

  5. Serve over cooked rice. You may either serve each person a drumstick with some sauce/olives/potatoes, or slip all of the meat off the bones beforehand and mix it into the stew.

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