Pollo Guisado Recipe (Dominican Braised Chicken)

Pollo Guisado - Recipe & Video (Braised Chicken): one of the most popular dishes in Dominican cuisine. Easy to prepare and very rich this is a treat you cannot miss.
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Dominican, Latino
Keyword braised, chicken, guisado, pollo
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 242kcal
Author Clara Gonzalez


  • 2 lbs [0.9 kg] of chicken cut into small pieces
  • 2 limes cut into halves
  • A pinch of oregano
  • 1 small red onion chopped into fine strips or eighths
  • 1/2 cup of chopped celery (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon of salt (more may be necessary)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of mashed garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • 1 teaspoon of granulated white sugar
  • 2 cups of water
  • 4 plum tomatoes cut into quarters
  • 2 green bell or cubanela (cubanelle) peppers
  • 1/4 cup of seedless olives cut into halves (optional)
  • 1 cup of tomato sauce
  • A small bunch of fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper


  • Cut the chicken into small pieces. Scrub with the lime, getting lime juice into all the crevices.
  • In a bowl mix the chicken, oregano, onion, celery, salt and garlic. Marinate for 30 minutes.
  • In a pot heat the oil over medium heat, add sugar and wait until it browns.
  • Add the chicken (reserve all the other things in the marinade) and saut√© until the meat is light brown.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of water. Cover and simmer over medium heat for 15 minutes, stirring and adding water by the tablespoon as it becomes necessary.
  • Add onion, celery, tomatoes, cubanelle pepper, olives, and garlic, cover and and simmer until the vegetables are cooked through, adding water by the tablespoon and stirring as it becomes necessary.
  • Add the tomato sauce and half a cup of water, simmer over low heat to produce a light sauce. Add fresh cilantro. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve with arroz blanco, a side dish (or salad) and beans.



Braising is sometimes also known as pot roasting.
For people on keto, or low-carb diets, skip the sugar, although this is quite low in carbs as is, the sugar is only added for color.


Calories: 242kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 751mg | Potassium: 488mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 830IU | Vitamin C: 43.2mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1.4mg