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Friday, January 20, 2012

Crockpot Cuban Fricase de Pollo (Cuban Chicken Fricassée)

This is *my* version of Cuban Fricase that I altered for the Crockpot, that I think even my Aba (grandmother) would have liked. Something interesting to point out with Cuban cooking and even Cuban culture in general is that it's not your typical Caribbean fare you would find say in Jamaica or Bahamas because a lot of Cuban cooking is influenced by both Spanish and French cultures. My Great Grandmother was actually born in France and came to Cuba at an Early age where her family owned much of the land around the Guantanamo Bay area(which was sold off at the beginning of the Depression). My dad always comments on how my Great Grandmother use to speak Spanish with a French Accent. This comes to show you the various cultures that are part of the small little Island of Cuba.

Because my life is so hectic sometimes I want a meal I can throw in the Crock pot with the added taste and culture of my Cuban heritage without the time spent slaving over the oven. So I came up with this Crock Pot Fricase de Pollo (Cuban Style). I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

2-3 lbs chicken (legs,quarters,etc..)
6 garlic cloves, cut up
1 lg onion sliced
1 lg bell pepper sliced
1 Cup of Chicken Broth (original recipe doesn't call for this but It helps keep things moist in the Crock pot
1 Cup of tomato sauce
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1/4 cup Olive oil(usually calls for Vegetable but I love using EVOO0
1/4 cup sliced pimiento filled olives
1 tsp capers
1 cup dry Cooking wine
1 lb potatoes, peeled and quartered
and my secret ingredient

You can find this in any international foods section( we found it in KS so I'm sure you can find it anywhere) If you can't find it it's fine just gives it a more authentic and flavorful taste :) also you can add (half a cup of lime juice and half a cup of orange juice,a teaspoon of Cuin,oregano and garlic salt)

This is the simple part chop everything up throw in the crockpot. Give it a good mix.

Cook for 5-8 hours on low and serve over a bed of rice. This recipe is so simple and you can leave it cooking in the morning or do like I do cook on high for 3-4 hours(until chicken is cooked).

Serve over a white rice (cooked with a few bay leaves that are removed before serving,veg.oil,salt and pepper)
This will definitely be a family favorite!

*The original recipe also calls for peas and raisins but that's up to your personal preference)


gracefulhomemaker said...

This looks so yummy! We love cooking chicken in the crock pot, and this looks like a meal my family would love! Pinning to save this! =)

Rachel N said...

This looks easy and yummy! I get tired of the regular roast beef and potatoes in the crock pot. Thanks for the recipe.

Becky Bryant said...

This recipe sounds incredibly delicious. I am always looking for new things to try because my family gets tired of the same old things. It also sounds super easy and I like doing easy. Thanks again for the recipe and your info.

Joy H said...

Looks and sounds great, thanks for the recipe!

nhj070913 said...

This looks SOOOOOO delicious!!! I really need to try different from what I usually cook.

Vicki Hall said...

I love cooking with my crock pot and am always looking for new recipes to try . This looks like a really good one. This is gonna sound like a dumb question but what are capers ? Thanks for the recipe

sherry lareau said...

This chicken recipe sounds really good! Especially since I like to cook in my crockpot. I would leave out the raisins though.

Rebecca Peters said...

LOVE this recipe. Going to try it out later this week. I hate being in the kitchen all day!

Michelle Lee said...

Love chicken in the crock pot! This recipes sounds delicious. Can't wait to try it.

Emily Skinkle said...

I miss my crockpot!!! inspiration to get another ASAP.

stephanie said...

sounds good, I am always looking for something different to do with chicken.

Meg Michelle Greenan Liani said...

Looks amazing!! Gotta try it! Thank you!! :)

Carissa Whaatt said...

This looks really good, and the smile on your girls face tells it all. I'm def going to be trying this asap! I'd have to get a crock pot though :D

Christine Leann Diaz said...

I am making it now for a dinner party with Yucca, plaintains, black beans and yellow rice. It is for my husband's 50th birthday!! and yes he is CUBAN!!!

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Maria Iemma said...

This is delicious - love chicken, love rice, love sauce, a love fest

Becky Schollian said...

Oh Boy, I just got a new Crock Pot My family has been asking me to cook them a big meal. They are out of the house and on their own now. This will make for a fabulous family dish. YUM!!

Jillian Massengale said...

I love crock pot recipes! And chicken always comes out SO tender. I HAVE to try this. :) My partner will be so impressed.

Heather Barnes said...

Yummy I love crockpot recipes!

Miriam said...

This sounds soooooooooo yummmmy ! I will definitely try it and get back to you......(that'll probably be to take my hat off to you)

Danette Lykins said...

Looks yummy! and busy moms love crockpot recipes~ thanks!

Anne Sweden said...

I have printed this out to save and try in a couple of weeks (already made my grocery trip before I read your post....). Can already tell this is going to be a winner from the ingredients list, and I already know you're a fantastic cook! Thanks for sharing :-)

Lisa Ehrman said...

Oh, this sounds good! I'm always looking for great crock-pot recipes. Our busy family loves to depend on the ease of crock-pot meals. Thanks!

Michael Lambert said...

This is a recipe I have never heard of but sounds good.

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