Cuban Chicken Fricassee A Family Favorite

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My interpretation of the classic Cuban Chicken Fricassee, enjoy!

This recipe for the Cuban Chicken Fricassee is part of a sponsored collaboration with Sedano’s and DiMe Media. However, all opinions expressed are my own.
A plate served with Pollo a la Cubana
Cuban Chicken Fricassee or Fricasé de Pollo a la Cubana

The Fricassee is one of those favorite dishes at our dinner table. My husband is Cuban, he was born in La Havana and migrated to Brooklyn when he was just 5 years old. My mother-in-law has so many stories to tell about this time when they arrived from Cuba to New York and then when they decided to move to Orlando to make it their home for the last forty years.

Ingredients include tomato sauce, capers, paprika, olives, orange juice, and much more
Ingredients for making the Cuban Chicken Fricassee

I am Mexican came from Mexico City to Orlando fifteen years ago and during all these years that I have been married and adopted by my Cuban family, I have embraced a lot of the Cuban flavors and traditions.

Visit Sedano’s and buy all the ingredients
Visit Sedano’s and buy all the ingredients for the Cuban Chicken Fricassee

Mexican families and Cuban families have a lot in common. We love our family, and it is the center of who we are and what we do. We are always together and love to enjoy hearty dishes like this Cuban Chicken Fricassee which connects us to my husband’s Cuban cultural heritage.

The original chicken stew inspires my recipe for this Cuban chicken fricassee with a rich tomato sauce.

I have added few ingredients of my own, like fresh orange juice, which pairs very nicely with the tomato sauce and adds a sweet balance. Watch the video and learn how to make this recipe.

The chicken stew I am serving the traditional way. With white rice and plantains and paired with an ice-cold malta. Another Cuban tradition and my husband’s childhood favorite. At the table, I am adding some chipotle sauce because we Mexicans cannot live without a spicy sauce, and the chipotles pair very nicely with this dish.

This chicken stew is inspired in my suegra’s original recipe

Preserving our roots and bringing the Latino traditional flavors to our table is very important. So that we can teach our children who we are and from where we come from, and how our cultural tastes. In that manner, we will connect them to our cultural heritage via the food we enjoy as a family. Our grandson loves all our Spanish Latino food, and he has become a fan of many Cuban favorites. Like arroz moro and picadillo and not to mention flan and those guava pastelitos.

Serving the Cuban Chicken Fricassee with white rice, sweet plantains and and ice cold malta drink
Serving the Cuban Chicken Fricassee with white rice, sweet plantains and and ice cold malta drink

I am glad we have a Sedano’s store near us. There, I can find many of the ingredients we love. For this recipe, I am using some of their own branded products to achieve that authentic flavor.

Chicken Fricassee served warm

Saborea tu cultura and visit your local Sedano’s soon. Sedano’s has everything to make this Cuban Chicken Fricassee just like my suegra’s original recipe.

Fricasé de Pollo a la Cubana

Cuban Chicken Fricassee

Chef Adriana Martin
My recipe for this Cuban chicken fricassee is inspired by the original, and I have added few ingredients of my own, like fresh orange juice, which pairs very nicely with the tomato sauce and adds a sweet balance.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 40 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Cuban Cuisine
Servings 6 servings
Calories 436 kcal


  • Dutch oven
  • Mixing bowl
  • Cooking utensils


  • 1 whole chicken cut in pieces
  • 1 bottle sour orange juice
  • 1 package latino seasoning
  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 tablespoon herbes de provence
  • 1 tablespoon tomato chicken bouillon
  • 1 fresh tomato diced
  • 1 cup pimento caper olives “alcaparrado”
  • 1 can 8 oz red sweet pimentos cut in strips (4 pimentos)
  • 2 cans 8 oz tomato puree
  • 1 cup orange juice freshly squeezed
  • 2 cups frozen petite peas


  • Cut the chicken, season with the latino seasoning powder and marinate in sour orange overnight or at least 2 hours. Dust the chicken with the flour and sear on both sides. The flour will add flavors and also will help the sauce to thick.
  • In the same pot add the herbes de provence, the tomato chicken bouillon, the fresh diced tomato, the olives, the pimentos, the tomato puree and the orange juice.
  • Cover the pot and let it simmer for 30 minutes until chicken is tender. I am using a dutch oven to keep temperature even and allow the chicken to be tender.
  • When the chicken is cooked add the peas and simmer for another 5 minutes. Doing this addition at the end to avoid peas lose their green bright color.
  • Serve the Cuban Chicken Fricassee with white rice, plantains and a glass of iced cold malta.



Calories: 436kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 29gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 95mgSodium: 643mgPotassium: 476mgFiber: 4gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 858IUVitamin C: 30mgCalcium: 62mgIron: 4mg
Keyword chicken, cuban cuisine, stews
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just a quick question.. what is Latino seasoning..? Sazon packets, Adobo seasoning..?

Hanady @ Recipe Nomad

Mmm! This looks divine! The perfect Sunday dinner with the family! Thanks for sharing your family’s favorite recipe with us!


What a gorgeous dish! I absolutely love Cuban food and your recipe is perfect! Adding the orange flavor with the spicy is such a delightful combination.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan

What a lovely dinner this is and love the addition of orange juice. Love when we can highlight our culture in a dish. This dish will make the guests very happy.


I so love recipes with a history and a story attached. This sounds amazing – and exactly what I’d like to eat right now!

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