Welcome to your perfect Cuban chicken adventure! Cuban cuisine is so full of flavor— bold blends of spices mingling with bright citrus, complemented by tender meats and seafood.
As an island nation, Cuba has soaked up influences from Spain, Africa and the Caribbean to forge its distinct culinary identity.
Now it’s time to bring the sunshine and soul of Cuba right into your kitchen with some traditional pollo recipes.
Whether you want a quick one-pan weeknight dinner or an impressive stew for entertaining, we’ve got you covered with authentic chicken dishes that’ll leave you wanting seconds.
Cuban Chicken Dishes:
1. Fricase de Pollo (Cuban Chicken Fricassee)
This Fricase de Pollo recipe is a super tasty stew, where tender chicken thighs simmer in a flavorful, wine-infused broth.
It’s the Cuban style of Chicken Fricassee, and it’s packed with deliciousness from potatoes, carrots, bell peppers, and olives.
Serve it alongside white rice and tostones for an unbeatable Latin dinner.
Get the Recipe: Fricase de Pollo
2. Pollo a la Plancha
Cuban Pollo a la Plancha is an amazing dish where thin chicken breast gets citrus marinated and grilled or seared until it’s perfectly golden and tender, then, topped off with sautéed onions.
It’s a staple in Cuban cuisine and makes for an awesome 20-minute dinner packed with flavors.
Get the Recipe: Pollo a la Plancha
3. Cuban Chicken Soup (Sopa De Pollo)
This Cuban Chicken Soup, aka Sopa De Pollo, is made with chicken, noodles, veggies, and spices. It’s super easy to whip up and takes less than 30 minutes.
This soup is a total hit in Cuban homes and restaurants, and it’s often served up with some tasty Cuban sandwiches. Yum.
4. Chicken Ropa Vieja
This Cuban-influenced dish is all about juicy shredded chicken breast, cooked low and slow in the crockpot.
Jazz it up a notch with some sautéed bell peppers, onions, cumin, and a ton of Latin flavor. Trust us, it turns out amazing every single time!
5. Chicharron de Pollo
Chicharron de Pollo is made with juicy chicken thigh chunks marinated in a flavorful citrusy-garlicky rum marinade, and then they’re coated in flour and fried until they’re crispy and super delicious!
This dish gets ready in just 30 minutes. It’s definitely a mouthwatering meal that you don’t want to miss.
6. Cuban Arroz Con Pollo
Learn exactly how to make this super easy Arroz Con Pollo Cubano at home. It’s a rustic one-pot dish that’s so comforting and delicious!
You will surely add this recipe to your favorites collection.
7. Cuban Mojo Chicken
This marinated and baked Cuban Mojo Chicken is seriously juicy and tender! And guess what? It’s topped off with a homemade pineapple avocado salsa that takes it over the top.
Whip up this summery dish for your next party, or for an easy weeknight dinner. It’s going to be a super hit!
8. Imperial Rice
Today’s special is the mouthwatering Imperial rice! It’s a Cuban chicken and rice casserole with a surprising secret ingredient. This dish is awesome for family dinners, holiday meals, or when you want leftovers.
It’s like the best of Cuban restaurant cuisine combined with the comforting taste of home cooking.
9. Croquetas de Pollo (Cuban Chicken Croquettes)
Croquetas de Pollo, aka Chicken Croquettes, are logs of chicken that get breaded and fried till they’re just perfect.
Seriously, they’re so good as a snack! And guess what? This recipe will show you how to whip them up easily at home.
10. Pollo a la Barbacoa (Cuban Garlic Butter Chicken)
Looking for a quick and easy Instant Pot chicken recipe? Well, look no further, as this Cuban garlic butter chicken recipe is just what you need.
It’s simple, juicy, and perfect for a weeknight meal.
11. Ajiaco Cubano (Cuban Country-Style Stew)
Ajiaco Cubano is absolutely amazing! It’s a super hearty and comforting soup that’s a total classic in Cuban cuisine.
Packed with tasty chicken, beef, pork, corn, and root veggies like malanga, yuca, boñiato, plantains, and calabaza (squash), along with some fragrant spices, this soup is seriously the ultimate comfort food.
With its vibrant colors and amazing flavors, Ajiaco Cubano will definitely become a go-to in your recipe rotation.
12. Vaca Frita De Pollo
Once you take a bite of this Vaca Frita De Pollo, you’ll be instantly hooked!
Poached, shredded chicken gets fried until super crispy, along with onions and some tasty seasonings.
Serve it with yellow or white rice, black beans, and plantains, just like the classic restaurants.
So many tropical and delicious Cuban recipes to try. The flavors are all so amazing!
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- 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, sliced lengthwise into cutlets
- ¼ cup orange juice
- ¼ cup lime juice
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1.5 Tbsp Sazon completa
- 1 tsp oregano
- ½ tsp cumin
- 4 Tbsp olive oil, divided
- 1 onion, sliced
- cilantro, for garnish
- One at a time, place chicken cutlets into a zip top bag, then pound with a meat mallet or similar object to ¼ thick. Place in a shallow dish.
- In a bowl, whisk together orange juice, lime juice, garlic, Sazon completa, oregano, cumin and 2 Tbsp oil.
- Pour prepared marinade over chicken, and allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes (longer for more flavor).
- Heat remaining oil in a skillet or on a griddle over medium-high heat. Working in batches if necessary, cook chicken about 3-4 minutes per side, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. Remove to a platter.
- In the same skillet, sauté onion until it has softened and begun to brown up.
- Serve chicken topped with onion and garnished with cilantro, along with white rice, black beans, tostones or maduros, and lime wedges.
Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 313Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 14gCholesterol 88mgSodium 95mgCarbohydrates 10gFiber 1gSugar 3gProtein 27g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.
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