Pica Pollo Recipe (Deep Fried Chicken)

Pica Pollo Recipe (Deep Fried Chicken): You will find this tasty dish in every small town, and it's the meal of choice after a night of party and beers.
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Dominican
Keyword crispy chicken, dominican fried chicken, easy fried chicken, fried chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 453kcal
Author Clara Gonzalez


  • 1 1/2 qt [1 1/2 lt] water
  • 12 chicken drumsticks
  • 1 small red onion , halved
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 3 sprigs of parsley
  • 3 teaspoons of salt , divided
  • 1 clove of garlic , crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon of oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1 cup of all-purpose wheat flour
  • 4 cups of oil for frying


  • Pour in the water into a pot, and boil the chicken in a deep pot, adding the onion, lime juice, parsley, 2 teaspoons of salt and garlic to the water.
  • When the chicken is cooked through but firm (about 15 mins) remove from the heat.
  • Take the chicken out of the water and set chicken aside (you can skim the fat that rises after the broth cools and use it for another dish).
  • Mix 1 teaspoon of salt, oregano, and pepper with the flour.
  • In a small frying pot heat the oil over medium heat.
  • Cover the drumsticks with the flour, shake off excess.
  • Deep-fry the drumsticks no more than two at a time until they turn golden brown. Drain excess oil on a paper towel.
  • Serve with tostones and ketchup.


Why boil the chicken first? Because unless you have a deep-frier at home, the chicken may stay uncooked in the center. I've found this method works great at home, and produce flavorful, tender, crispy chicken that is safe to eat.


Calories: 453kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 139mg | Sodium: 1322mg | Potassium: 387mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Vitamin C: 1.5mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 2.1mg