Crockpot Cuban Fricase de Pollo (Cuban Chicken Fricassรฉe)


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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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)


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  1. what a delish recipe. I don’t have a crockpot, but I’ve been thinking about getting one, I must hurry and get one so I can make this!!

  2. I like that it is done in the crock pot that way you don’t have to watch it and I would add the peas but not to sure of the raisins

  3. All three recipes look delicious and I will be trying them all starting with Cuban Piccadillo, it seems to be in the ‘lost’ area still. Kudos!

  4. Sounds great but I’m not sure my family would eat it. I think I’ll try though and see what happens !

  5. I don’t know that this is something my family would eat. I’d need to find a way to get them to try it. Thank you for sharing !

  6. First I love cooking out of the crock pot it’s so fast and easy. This recipe looks absolutely delicious!! Thank you

  7. I’ve never tried chicken fricase. The basic recipe sounds pretty good. A bit heavy on the garlic for my taste. If my husband eats anything with garlic in it he’s on the sofa. I can’t stand the smell.

  8. I’m really liking your recipes. The only thing I would do different is use chicken breast. I’m not fond of dark meat.

  9. This sounds delicious and I am sick of all the traditional chicken meals I have been making. And a plus is it’s a crock pot recipe!!! Sounds like comfort food and tomorrow is Sunday… sounds perfect! I can’t wait to try it! Thank you!

  10. WOW! That really sounds good! It doesn’t sound too hard to make either! My problem is that my “hubby” will not eat chicken! I love it! He’ll eat turkey, but not chicken! Go Figure! I wonder if I could make this after Thanksgiving and use the turkey in place of the chicken??? What do you think? I love your recipe! It looks Terrific! Thanks so much for the terrific recipe and all the wonderful pictures! I truly do appreciate it! Thanks again, Michele ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. oh yum! baby #2 is about to arrive, so we’ve been looking for more crock-pot meals. It’s so nice to have international variations. thanks for sharing this one!

  12. This looks so good. I am going to try it and see if it looks as good as yours. Thank you for sharing

  13. (Crockpot Cuban Fricase de Pollo (Cuban Chicken Fricassรฉe) Sounds so good to me, I am going to make this for my husband and I sometime real soon for dinner-

  14. Thank you for such an awesome recipe. im going to try making it over the weekend and post a review of it on my blog so hope i make it well.

  15. This looks sublime and I just bought some fresh chicken so I am going to make this for supper.Thank you for posting this and I also love that it all goes into the slow cooker to free up some extra time for me.

  16. I have never had this before. It looks and sounds so good. Great that it is a crockpot dish. Thank you for sharing

  17. I tried this and it was so good, please if you have a chance post more recipes, I always wanted to learn how to cook Cuban and Spanish dishes. I knew someone from an old boyfriend and the only thing I ever saw her make was chicken cutlets with lime. Im not sure if she was a real good cook. we lost touch because it was my old bf 25 years ago and it was his friends wife that was Cuban

    sibabe64 at ptd dot net

  18. Yum! This looks absolutely delicious! The flavor of this dish sounds fantastic…I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing!

  19. This sounds delicious. Local grocery just happens to have leg quarters on sale this week. Perfect timing for me to try this dish.

  20. Please post more of these recipes! For about 5 years we had a Cuban restaurant in town, but last year it closed & I’m missing it!

  21. I’ve never had Cuban food. This looks yummy and so easy to make in the crock pot. I’ll have to venture out of my bubble.

  22. I really want to try this! I just bought some of the spice on Amazon because I couldn’t find it locally. Thanks for the recipe!

  23. this looks so amazing I have never tried cuban cooking before..I bet our nine year old would love it…as we would too..

  24. Pinned! This looks so yummy. The recipe is a tad confusing though. How much sazon do you use? And do add the lime juice/oj with the sazon??

  25. Thanks for such an awesome recipe. My kids will love the taste of chicken as the recipe is made differently and they love non spicy food. i like the fact that olive oil was used in this recipe as its good for heart unlike other vegetable oils which makes the food look too oily and hard to eat.

  26. This looks delicious; it reminds me of a Spanish dish that is much thicker. I make this dish a few times a year but can’t remember the name! I will definitely try this one out.

  27. This recipe is uniquely different for me because I have never had anything Cuban.It sound delicious and exciting to try.Thanks so much for posting this recipe.

  28. Your children are all smiles ! They really are enjoying this meal! It sounds & looks like a wonderful chicken recipe . Thank you for sharing!

  29. I have never tried Cuban food, but I will say. I love to cook and try new things and this looks very good and I shall have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

  30. oh wow , this looks absolutely delicious ๐Ÿ˜‰ yum yum yum, thanks so much for sharing this recipe with us

  31. This looks so delicious! I just got a new crock pot, too, so this would be a great recipe to try!

  32. What a great new way to cook chicken. Sounds delicious, and love that the recipe is in a crockpot. Thanks!

  33. This looks very good! Like most busy moms, I love crock pot meals! This looks very flavorful and delicious! I will have to give it a try! Thanks for sharing your very personal recipe!

  34. I have sherry cooking wine, marsala cooking wine, and white cooking wine. I don’t really know my wines though…is any of these usable for this recipe?

  35. I’m always looking for a different crock pot recipe. Thank you, this one is one to try. It looks so good.

  36. I’m finally learning to make good use of my Crock Pot for the first time in years. Will have to try this easy recipe and learn more about Cuban food!

  37. My husband would love it if I made a Cuban dish!! I will have to give this one a try!! Thank you for all the great pictures.

  38. this looks very delicious but a little too many ingredients going to try to make it anyway

  39. Crock pot recipes are my all time favorite! I’ve never had this before, but it looks amazing and a great meal to enjoy on a cool spring evening. thank you for sharing. I’m excited to try it out!

  40. had to come and comment on this, because i finally made it the way you make it and my hubby loves this ๐Ÿ™‚ so thanks for the recipe ๐Ÿ™‚ @tisonlyme143

  41. We love using the crockpot and Cuban food is our favorite so we can’t wait to try making this dish I know the whole family will love it too.

  42. My husband has been craving Cuban food! This sounds delicious and crock pot cooking is always a winner in the time department!

  43. Can’t wait to try this recipe! DH and I went to Cuba for our honeymoon, and while the food on the resort was not fantastic, the best meals we had were when we ventured out into Havana and ate REAL Cuban food ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. looks delish!! also saw the cuban picadillo and tried to save/pin/ and comment but it wouldnt let me ๐Ÿ™ cant wait to try both. thanks for sharing!

  45. Would love to see you post more of your recipes.i’m not a big fan of spicy foods but my Family is and I don’t know where to start ๐Ÿ™‚

  46. In Venezuela we have a similar dish. I remember going to my grandma’s on School vacations and eating this several times week! It was the only way to eat veggies. However She always add the green peas, corn and carrots…! No raisins because those were part of the rice!!!
    I really enjoy reading this recipe…!

  47. This looks very interesting. I’m not very brave when it come to trying new things. I know my husband would probably love this tho. I like crockpot meals because I like to save time.

  48. I made a Cuban pork recipe the other night and now I’m obsessed with finding more Cuban-style recipes. I’m also obsessed with using my crock pot so this recipe is perfect!

  49. Yum! One thing I miss about Florida is popping into Tampa for some yummy Cuban food. The spices and the flavors created by slow cooking are to die for — I could eat black beans & rice every day!

  50. I think I commented on this before, but we tried this, just substituted a few things and it was really good! surprisingly good, too!

  51. This looks yummy!! I’m always on the lookout for great, easy, and cultural dishes to throw into the crock pot during those busy days, so will be trying this Cuban dish in the near future for sure!!

  52. This looks good my fiance is Cuban and I just got a new crockpot so I think I’m gonna surprise him and try to make this. I don’t know much about Cuban food but this looks pretty simple. Thanks for the recipe!

  53. Wow! That sounds and looks amazing! I don’t cook much, but I definitely want to try this. I really appreciate all of the work you bloggers do for us! Thanks for the recipe!

  54. I wound up trying this and it was pretty good, think next time minus the olives Im not a fan of green olives

    sibabe64 at ptd dot net

  55. Aba would be proud that you continue to cook Cuban food. I love old recipes from our ancestors even if we have to change it up a little in this day and time. Thank you for sharing! Oh, your daughter is adorable!!

  56. This looks delicious! I’d add the peas and the raisins too…might as well make it as authentic as I can. I love trying new recipes and new dishes from different cultures! I love that I can make this in the crock pot! There’s nothing better than finding an easy AND delicious crockpot recipe! Thanks for sharing! ~ Carrie Demas

  57. This recipe looks easy with just the right amount of spice. I wouldn’t add extra cumin I also wouldn’t add peas , but I might add the raisins for some sweetness.

  58. This recipe looks delicious and easy. I love Cuban food! The pimiento olives and capers must really add a tasty zing to the tomato base and Achiote. It’s a lot like a recipe I have for Arroz con Pollo, which is way different from what you get in the local Mexican restaurant. Thanks for sharing this family recipe. ๐Ÿ™‚

  59. My Honey/Hubby and I really enjoy both Mexican and Cuban cuisine – so I really look forward to your new and ongoing recipe posts. I will definitely be trying this one and the Cuban Flan too,

    However the recipe I am SO eager to try (this weekend!) is your PICCADILLO. I have long loved this classic Cuban dish and while I often serve it over rice – but (like you) honestly, it’s my favorite spaghetti sauce – and my Honey/Hubby really loves it as either a taco filling or in a burrito.

    I can’t wait to try your version! Thanks for sharing – and please keep posting your favorite recipes (and maybe a few from your French-Cuban great grandmother too!

  60. This looks very good. I love chicken and this is a new way to make it. We are always looking for dishes to tantalize our taste buds and I believe this one would.

  61. Very interesting to learn that Cuban cooking is influenced by the Spanish and French. I love finding new and yummy recipes to try. Sounds really good!

  62. This will be an addition to the chicken crockpot recipes I have. I think my family would like this and ask if we can have it again. The ingredients look manageable.

  63. LOL wow i make this already and didn’t know it was cubin food, go me lol love this ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks for sharing the recipe though @tisonlyme143

  64. What a coincidence, someone I know told me about this on my facebook page the other day because she was saying it was a great dish in this cold weather. She gave me sort of the same ingredients without any actual recipe breakdown, thanks for posting

    sibabe64 at ptd dot net

  65. This is a different version of a fricassee for chicken that I would love to try. I have never cooked with pimento stuffed olives which would give the dish a unique flavor.

  66. I also enjoy crock pot cooking. Its very convenient and just makes everything so tender and appealing. Although I haven’t tried your recipe as of yet, I do cook ribs, chili and spaghetti sauce quite often.

  67. I enjoy trying recipes I have never tried before. I haven’t made fricase ever or even anything like it. The fact that it can cook alone during working hours is a big plus. I just know how tender the chicken will be and how flavorful the entire dish.

  68. So this is chicken fricassee, I’ve heard of it but never eaten it. It looks delicious, thank you for sharing this recipe.

  69. My husband and I would love this recipe. And I like the fact that it is made in the crock pot. With a cooking bag there would not be much clean up. Ideal!

  70. I love trying new recipes and this one sounds yummy! Crock pot cooking is one of my favorite ways to cook, so this will be perfect! Hopefully I am able to locate your secret ingredient at my local store. Thank you for sharing!

  71. Just received a crockpot for the holidays and I’ve been searching for recipes to try in it. This looks delicious and I can’t wait to try. Thanks!

  72. I love finding new crock pot recipes and this sounds so delish! Thanks for posting and love that sweet photo of your little one you posted.

  73. tHis looks really good I just got a crock pot for Christmas & i need to find some amazing delicious recipes to try!

  74. (Crockpot Cuban Fricase de Pollo (Cuban Chicken Fricassรฉe)) This really sounds like a really good recipe to make for my husband and I. Have never made this before but really want to try it out, I use my crock pot a lot.

  75. Oh my goodness, this looks, ad sounds, DELICIOUS! I am always looking for different and tasty crock pot recipes that my family will loooove, and this one is being printed and made asap! Thanks for sharing!

  76. This is a recipe I am definitely trying out. It looks delicious and can’t wait to cook it for my family. Thanks for sharing.

  77. I can’t wait to try this! I’ve never really tried Cuban food. Growing up, nearly everything I ate was cooked with soy sauce, vinegar, onions, and garlic so I already crave foods with strong flavors. I’m collecting crockpot meals and this fits the bill. I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for the recipe.

  78. I’ve been trying to find a new crockpot recipe with chicken for our weekday dinners, this is most definitely going on our menu! Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  79. I am making this tomorrow for dinner!!!!! Yummy Yummy Yummy!!!!!!! We love crock pot meals especially during this time of year!!!

  80. This looks absolutely delicious! And being a crockpot meal is an added bonus! =) Definitely pinning this to my crockpot meals

  81. I’m always looking for good crockpot recipes, especially with the fall weather. I’m going to try this one!

  82. I grew up with Sazon seasoning. My mom would use it in her spanish rice. Total comfort food for me. This looks delicious…I think I may need to try it!

  83. This recipe looks delicious! I am always looking for good crockpot recipes! I will have to pass my this along to my crock pot loving friends as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

  84. I love that you use ingredients that I have in my home! I love Goya and use Sazรณn when I can. I can only assume that your Cuban? My husband is Puerto Rican and we have the same cooking styles. My husband does not like when I cook bone in chicken however I may be able to slide this recipe in! Oh, can I recommend Goya Olive oil, it’s so yummy! Great recipe!

  85. Well, we just ate dinner, and thought I’d sit down and read a few blogs– recipes are my favorite–this sounds yummy–and of course our family is a big chicken eater family– I have never tried this orange juice–only the lime– so that will be the next thing I’ll do when making this– thanks for the suggestion– ๐Ÿ™‚

  86. I absolutely love Cuban food; thank you for sharing this recipe. I used to live in Tampa and there were several Cuban restaurants we would frequent; I really miss them. I also like making crockpot recipes….so easy!

  87. 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!

  88. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  89. 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)

  90. I love crock pot recipes! And chicken always comes out SO tender. I HAVE to try this. ๐Ÿ™‚ My partner will be so impressed.

  91. 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!!

  92. 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!!!

  93. 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 ๐Ÿ˜€

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

  95. 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

  96. 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.

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

  98. 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! =)