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Slow Cooker Guisado de Pollo

Guisado de pollo in slow cooker or stovetop is here. Easy boneless skinless chicken thighs Puerto Rican recipe you can make mild or spicy.

Pollo Guisado Recipe

Pollo Guisado is the best. Chicken marinates in a pot of super bowl flavors this way all day long until you’re ready to gobble it up. We have a lot of easy Crockpot meals on our site and there are a ton of ways to tweak it. Spicy to medium or mild, try it all. (affiliate links present)

Pollo Guisado Recipe

The English translation is stewed chicken or braised chicken. In this case I would use the term stewed to better describe it. Yes you can make this on the stovetop too, and faster if you like. I will say that low and slooooooow is definitely the way to go for this one in particular though. Just like our Puerto Rican beef stew it needs time to soak up all the YUM.

As far as the proteins go you could use white meat, but dark is so much better. For an authentic dish that is what you’ll want. A pretty cheap boneless skinless chicken thigh recipe we love. I can dump it all in before I leave for the day and know we will be able to enjoy a great meal together when we all return.

Let’s talk a little bit about slow cooking shall we?? First off I have a few different varieties and I love them all. Each one has an occasion to be used like….

  1. This is my favorite 6 quart programmable one with a locking lid so it’s great for bringing to a potluck too.
  2. If you just want to serve a few appetizers you should get this one that sit side by side one another.
  3. I prefer not to use liners, but rather just spray olive oil inside before adding my food for easier cleanups.

Let me give you a peek of my pretty thang I bought recently. It goes with my kitchen so I can just leave it out on the countertop all the time. 😉

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Pollo Guisado Puerto Rico
What is Pollo Guisado Made of?

You start with a sauce called sofrito which is a fine blend of different peppers, onions, minced garlic, and cilantro too. The base is chicken thighs typically with potatoes, carrots and green olives. Sazon Goya with coriander and annatto seasonings work great. Make spicy or mild.

Slow Cooker Pollo Guisado

If you did decide to use a pot on the stove I would set to medium high heat, add a bit of olive oil (or aceite de oliva) and brown the chicken pieces first. This will keep them moist as they stew for hours.

Then add everything else, bring to a boil on low heat and covered with a lid. You would leave on a low boil for about an hour 30 minutes stirring occasionally. It will be ready to serve once the meat is so tender it can be pulled apart with 2 forks.

Guisado de Pollo with Frozen Chicken

  • 3 lbs chicken thighs boneless skinless, thawed is best but frozen separated from one another works too
  • Potatoes russet, peeled and diced
  • Carrots peeled and diced
  • Onion diced
    • 1/4 cup diced bell peppers is great too if you like
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 1/4 c sofrito sauce
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • Chicken stock or broth
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • Cumin ground
  • 1 packet Sazon Goya with Coriander and Annatto
  • 1/2 c green olives pimento stuffed

Pollo de Guisado (braised chicken stew) can be made spicy too. If you want to add heat I like either red pepper flakes (the best) or jalapeno powder is amazing too. Start with 1/4 tsp at the beginning. After it has cooked, test and see if you want more. If so add 1/4 tsp and taste again like this so it doesn’t become too much.

Pollo Guisado with Chicken Thighs

Pollo Guisado Puerto Rico

First you’re going to prep all the things. Carrots should be cut into dials and then halved, or quartered depending on how soft you want them. The smaller they are the more tender they will become. I prefer that onions are diced and baby potatoes halved.

  • Place the chicken, potatoes, carrots, and onions into the slow cooker.
  • In a bowl, mix together the tomato sauce, sofrito sauce, garlic, chicken broth or stock, oregano, cumin, and sazon or adobo seasoning.
  • Pour the mixture over the chicken and vegetables.
  • Drop the olives over the top. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 7 hours.
  • If desired, remove the chicken and shred it prior to serving, or serve with the chicken in whole pieces.
  • Garnish with freshly chopped cilantro and/or more adobo and sazon seasoning if desired.

How you serve it is up to you. Typically it is just ladled into a bowl and that is it. I you want to make it a bit heartier you could serve it over slow cooker white rice which we love or us a slotted spoon to add it into small tortillas to make tacos.

Pollo Guisado Puerto Rican Recipe

Pollo Guisado with Chicken Thighs

You can make a version of Guisado de Pollo chicken recipe in a pressure cooker too. Basically it would be like our Instant Pot chicken stew recipe. As with anything else we make there are tons of tweaks you can make with it too. Want to make it a bit sweeter? Add a tbsp of brown sugar if you like. I already spoke about heat, or not.

For another version that is not a tomato base, but similar you could give caldo de pollo a whirl too. Same temp. and timing for your Crockpot would apply for that one too. Soups are one of the best meals made this way so they can cook slowly and get everything sort of marinating together with a low heat.

Stewed Chicken

A great way to cook meat too!! I mean oven is great but on low this way gets it more tender than any other method, seriously. You could make this with frozen chicken thighs in slow cooker too. I would use small to medium thighs boneless skinless for that. Surprisingly frozen or fresh cooked this way in liquid doesn’t change the cook time.

Guiso de Pollo

Can you reheat chicken stew the next day?

Of course! You know how I hate to waste food so leftovers is always a thing at our house. I usually eat it for lunch the next day. Make sure it is room temperature before storing in a container overnight, or up to 3 days, in your fridge. Then transfer to a microwave safe dish and heat 45 seconds at a time stirring in between until warm.

I like adding some cheese to melt on the top the last 30 seconds. Then add something cool like sour cream and avocado to the top so it tastes fresh, even though it isn’t. Honestly this is sometimes better the next day as it is allowed to continue to sit and soak. Love this? Try some other easy slow cooker chicken recipes here next.

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Guisado de Pollo

Guisado de pollo in slow cooker or stovetop is here. Easy boneless skinless chicken thighs Mexican recipe you can make mild or spicy.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken thighs, crockpot, pollo, puerto rican, slow cooker, spicy, stew
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Servings 6
Calories 589kcal
Author The Typical Mom

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Instructions

  • Place the chicken, potatoes, carrots, and onions into the slow cooker. In a bowl, mix together the tomato sauce, sofrito sauce, garlic, chicken stock, oregano, cumin, and sazon seasoning.
  • Pour the mixture over the chicken and vegetables. Drop the olives over the top. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 7 hours.
  • If desired, remove the chicken and shred it prior to serving, or serve with the chicken in whole pieces. Garnish with freshly chopped cilantro, if desired.

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Nutrition Facts
Guisado de Pollo
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 589 Calories from Fat 369
% Daily Value*
Fat 41g63%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Trans Fat 0.2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 8g
Monounsaturated Fat 18g
Cholesterol 226mg75%
Sodium 724mg31%
Potassium 853mg24%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 41g82%
Vitamin A 5504IU110%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 64mg6%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Slow Cooker Pollo Guisado
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Sandy

Sunday 13th of August 2023

How much chicken stock is used for the recipe??

The Typical Mom

Sunday 13th of August 2023

Says in recipe card at bottom, 3 cups

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