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Cuban-Style Chicken Stew Recipe

This recipe is a hearty, comforting stew that's bursting with delicious flavors.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Cuban
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6
Calories 476 kcal
Author Valentina K. Wein

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 2 cups yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 medium-sized garlic cloves, stems removed, roughly chopped
  • 1 (approximately 3¼-pound) whole chicken, cut up, skin off, bone in
  • ¾- pounds Idaho Russet potato peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup roasted red pepper (click here for How to Roast and Peel a Pepper), peeled and roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup capers
  • 1 cup Spanish olives stuffed with pimentos
  • ¾ cup raisins (golden or black)
  • ¾ cup frozen peas, thawed
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice (from about 1 large lime)
  • ¼ cup fresh orange juice (from about 1 small Naval orange)
  • cup dry red wine (like Shiraz or Zinfandel)
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes in tomato juice
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and adjust a rack to the center.
  2. Coat the bottom of a large (not-to-deep), ovenproof pan with ¼ cup of the olive oil.
  3. Place the pan over medium heat and add the onion and garlic. Sauté, stirring every few minutes, until the onions are golden brown, about 15 minutes.
  4. Season both sides of the chicken pieces with a bit of salt and pepper. Move the onions and garlic to the sides of the pan and add the chicken. Sauté just to brown the surface, about 1 minute per side. Remove the chicken from the pan and place it on a large plate. Set aside.
  5. Add the potatoes to the pan and sauté just to brown them, about 4 minutes.
  6. Then add the roasted pepper, capers, olives, raisins and peas. Stir to blend and cook for a minute or so.
  7. Mix the citrus juices with the wine and pour the mixture into the pan. Stir to blend and cook for another minute.
  8. Now add the tomatoes, mix, and bring to a boil.
  9. Reduce the heat to low and return the chicken to the pan, smooth/top sides up, burying it in the sauce, with just the top exposed.
  10. Cover the pan with a lid or foil and place it in the preheated 400 degree F oven.
  11. Cook for 20 minutes, uncover, drizzle with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle with a bit of salt and pepper. Then cook just until the chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes. (You can check buy cutting into the thickest piece.)
  12. Remove from the oven and let the dish rest for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes

I love roasting my own peppers (here's how), however if you want to save time, you can use good quality roasted and peeled peppers from a jar.

If you're wondering why it looks like there are large black olives in the dish, it's because I used jumbo raisins -- they're what I had in the pantry, but I suggest the smaller raisins.