Pollo Encebollado Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Pollo Encebollado Recipe
  • READY IN 55 mins

Pollo Encebollado

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"A Central American specialty that means 'chicken smothered in onion'. Serve with hot, cooked rice."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    50 mins

    55 mins


  1. In a large skillet, heat corn oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken pieces and saute for 5 minutes, until lightly browned. Add onions and saute for 2 minutes more. Add juice, broth, salt and pepper. Stir all together. Cover skillet and reduce heat to low. Let simmer for 45 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and juices run clear.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 23, 2003

This was wonderful and unique! Per the previous reviewer, I served over "Coconut Rice" (also found on this site) and the combination of flavors was great (salt& sweet)! I've never had anything like it but I'll be making this tasty dish again! Thanks Evelyn for sharing this new way to cook chicken!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 28, 2005

The chicken was moist, but lacked flavor. I followed the recipe exactly, but next time might add some garlic or other seasonings. It tasted like boiled chicken with onions.


9 Ratings

Jun 23, 2003

This recipe is wonderful with Coconut Rice

Dec 26, 2003

I will make this again! I used leg quarters(4lbs) instead of a whole chicken. This was something different for us but was very flavorful. At the suggestion of another rater I made this dish with Mexican rice 2, also on this website.yum yum

Jan 20, 2010

We enjoyed this quite a lot.i used unsweetened orange juice,low sodium chicken broth and no salt.We also used skinless,boneless chicken thighs.Thanks

Feb 12, 2009

This recipe is awesome, if you add 1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice. I can't imagine that it would be too good without the lemon!

May 01, 2014

I first had this in a Salvadoran restaurant near DC and loved it. They used only chicken breasts and I believe they substituted lime for lemon juice.

Jan 04, 2014

Delicious! We loved this one. The chicken was moist and flavorful and the onions were to die for.


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  • Calories
  • 698 kcal
  • 35%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 6.4 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 227 mg
  • 76%
  • Fat
  • 47.9 g
  • 74%
  • Fiber
  • 1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 57 g
  • 114%
  • Sodium
  • 214 mg
  • 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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