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Dominican Chicken with Sofrito and Sazon

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  • Author: Maxine Dubois
  • Total Time: 2 Hours and 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x


This Dominican Chicken with Sofrito and Sazon dish is made with a whole chicken, onion, sazon completa, adobo, and homemade sofrito. 




  1. Season the chicken. Season chicken with sazon completa, adobo, and salt and pepper. 
  2. Brown the chicken. On medium high heat, add the chicken and cook for 4 minutes. Flip the chicken over and add the sofrito, bay leaves and salt and pepper if desired. The chicken will release liquid as well as the sofrito. Bring to a simmer and then turn the heat to low and cover for about 1 hour. 
  3. Serve. You can serve this dish with rice, beans, and tostones.


  1. Marinate for Flavor: For maximum flavor, marinate the chicken in a blend of herbs, spices, and citrus juices for at least 30 minutes or up to overnight. This step allows the flavors to penetrate the meat and tenderize it.

  2. Browning for Depth: Before stewing the chicken, brown it in a hot skillet or pot. This step adds depth and richness to the dish by creating a flavorful caramelized crust on the chicken pieces.

  3. Simmer Slowly: Once you've added the chicken back to the pot with the sautéed aromatics, be sure to simmer it on low heat. Slow cooking allows the flavors to meld together, and the chicken to become tender and juicy.

  4. Adjust Seasonings: Taste the stew periodically during the cooking process and adjust the seasonings as needed. You can add more herbs, spices, salt, or even a touch of vinegar or citrus juice to balance the flavors to your liking.

  5. Serve with Fresh Accompaniments: Consider serving the Pollo Guisado with fresh accompaniments, such as chopped cilantro, lime wedges, or a sprinkle of fresh herbs. These additions can brighten up the flavors and add a vibrant touch to the dish.

  6. Make Extra Sauce: The sauce in Pollo Guisado is incredibly flavorful and delicious. Consider making extra sauce to have on hand for serving over rice or dipping with bread.

  7. Customize with Vegetables: While the traditional Pollo Guisado recipe often includes onions, peppers, and tomatoes, feel free to customize it with additional vegetables. Carrots, potatoes, green beans, or bell peppers can be added to the stew for added texture and flavors.

  8. Don't Forget the Sides: Remember to pair your Pollo Guisado with traditional Dominican side dishes like rice and beans, tostones, or yuca. These sides complement the flavors of the chicken and complete the meal.

  9. Enjoy the Leftovers: Pollo Guisado often tastes even better the next day as the flavors continue to develop. So, don't hesitate to enjoy the leftovers or use them in other recipes like tacos, empanadas, or sandwiches.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 Hours
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: Cuban


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 171.8
  • Sugar: 6.2 g
  • Sodium: 228.8 mg
  • Fat: 4.6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 13.2 g
  • Fiber: 1.7 g
  • Protein: 19.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 47.4 mg