Sudado de Pollo (Colombian-Style Chicken Stew)

by Erica Dinho on April 12, 2009

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Sudado de Pollo Colombiano

The sauce is what really makes this Sudado de Pollo dish and when you mix it whit white rice it is delicious. I love it because it is truly traditional Colombian cuisine that Colombians eat every day and reminds me of my childhood every time I smell it.

Enjoy my Sudado de Pollo recipe.

Sudado de Pollo

Sudado de Pollo Colombiano




  • 8 Chicken drumsticks or thighs, without the skin
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ¼ cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 2 cup chopped tomato
  • 1 chicken bouillon
  • 1 tablespoon sazon goya with azafran
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin powder
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 8 small yellow potatoes, peeled and cut in half
  • 3 cups water

Sudado de Pollo

Sudado Colombiano Receta


  1. In a large pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the onion and red pepper and sauté until onions are translucent, about 3 minutes. Then add the tomatoes, garlic, salt and ground pepper and sauté for 5 more minutes.
  2. Add the chicken, water, chicken bouillon, sazon Goya and cumin powder. Cover and cook for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the potatoes and cilantro and cook for an additional 30 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
  4. Serve over white rice.
  5. pollo sudado

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1 kayatthekeyboard April 12, 2009 at 10:42 AM

Yum! This sounds wonderful. I’m adding it to my recipe box and hope to make it soon. Can one find sazon goya con azafron at most Latino markets?


2 Mel @ April 12, 2009 at 12:04 PM

That looks delicious. I’m going to give it a try :) I’m glad I found your blog :) You gave me something new to follow. I look forward to future posts!


3 Maggie April 12, 2009 at 9:35 PM

Oh wow your stew looks very delicious. I am looking forward to making this one next weekend. As I live in Tasmania, I think I might have a hard time finding some sazon goya with azafran, any idea of what I might substitute? I will try my best to find some though!



4 Maggie April 12, 2009 at 9:37 PM

Oops, one more question…

Your ingredients says 1 chicken bouillon, do you know what this might be as a liquid measurement, like liters or milliliters?


5 Erica April 12, 2009 at 11:06 PM

you can find sazon goya in any supermarket in the Latin aisle.
you can buy it online at the amazon store or use
turmeric or any pre-mixed seasoning powder with coloring.

Maggie, you can replace the chicken bouillon for 3 cups of chicken stock, but do not use water.


6 Joan Nova April 13, 2009 at 10:58 AM

Hi Erica, Thanks for introducing yourself via FoodBuzz. I like your blog very much. It’s a nice clean and modern presentation of la comida criolla. You’ve got a new subscriber.


7 ericriveracooks April 13, 2009 at 11:30 AM

Looks awesome! I’m definitely going to try this.


8 La flaca April 19, 2009 at 9:49 PM

I made this today–just used one large idaho potato and cut it into 6 sections b/c I didn’t have any yellow ones. I also added some mushrooms to it (personal taste). It was very good!


9 Martha January 23, 2010 at 7:16 PM

Hola Erica,

Wonderful job!! I am so glad I found your web side. The receipes are amazing, you know how cook!

Keep posting more please, the pictures are so nice and they are an invitation.

Thanks for sharing your wonderful receipes.

Me :)


10 yasmin February 23, 2010 at 1:48 PM

divina la receta del pescado sudado al estilo colombiano queda sabrosimo les sugiero a los amigos y amigas que les guste cocinar que la prueben


11 Erica February 23, 2010 at 2:12 PM

Yasmin- Gracias por tu comentario!Me alegra que te gusto!


12 Samantha April 17, 2010 at 9:34 PM

I made your pollo sudado today and it was amazing! I really really liked it. I’m going to have to try out the meat and fish versions of it. Is there also a pork sudado?


13 Carolina May 5, 2010 at 3:12 PM

this a great recipe, also; at home we add a few drops of lime or lemon juice to it, it enhance the flavors!
Nothing like my traditional Colombian food! :)

esta receta es grandiosa, en casa le agregamos un poco de limon o lima, esto realza los zabores!!!
Nada como mi comida tipica Colombiana! :)


14 Rocio May 27, 2010 at 1:23 PM

I love this dish, tried it for lunch and it was a hit! Do you get annoyed when people who have family who are Colombian spell it Columbia? As I was reading your receipes it annoyed me :P

Thanks again!


15 Anonymous June 2, 2010 at 11:13 AM

I made this dish for my kids, but I used chicken breast. They loved it… I am making this one again today. Thank you.


16 Angie June 20, 2010 at 3:11 AM

I made this just now n my husband who is american loves ittt. i dont like to cook n i dont cook but this has to be the only thing i cook for him n he goes crazy.
@Rocio… it annoys me too, i hate when ppl write down Columbia n im like nooo thats nt my country.


17 nicole August 28, 2010 at 3:14 PM

This sounds AMAZING!! I am always looking for something new to make for my family and I am making this today!!!!!! I cant wait to see how it taste, I do have one question if i cant find the sazon goya con azafran will sazon goya sin achiote work??? thanks


18 Sandra G. September 15, 2010 at 10:59 PM

Erica I Made This Today, I Used Triguisar! I Found it On My Local Supermarket! It Was Delicious!


19 Gina C. October 23, 2010 at 9:14 PM

I made this tonight and it was wonderful! The flavor and aroma was exactly what I remembered. I’ve made many of your recipes and they’ve all been what I remember from my family in Neiva. Your site is my number one resource for Colombian cooking.


20 michelle jay April 7, 2011 at 9:21 AM

I made this last nite!!! It is just like I remembered when I used to go to the Colombian restaurants!!! Amazzzinnnggg~~!!


21 Yaya S June 30, 2011 at 3:19 PM

your website should come with a warning: “extreme cravings might occur if you are pregnant” I saw the picture and just HAD TO have it, so i packed my other 2 kids in the car and to the grocery store I went, is not done yet, but OMG it’s smells delicious! I can’t wait for dinner!! thanks!


22 Camilo Garcia July 18, 2011 at 6:10 PM

I’ve been craving this dish for the longest. Mom used to make it when I was a kid. My wife is American, but loves latin food, so I tried your recipe, since I am ‘new to the kitchen’, and I didn’t know where to begin, this recipe was just what I needed. Made it for dinner and it was great. Thanks so much. Any chance of getting a recipe for “Lengua en Salsa” Thanks again!!!


23 Heather November 7, 2011 at 8:23 PM

My husband is from Bogota and I made this for him tonight. He tried it and immediately knew what it was. He loved it! He said it brought him back to Colombia (he hasn’t been there for 8 years)


24 Natalie December 9, 2011 at 4:16 PM

How high do I put the second part


25 Eliana March 5, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Erica, tus recetas son las mejores que he encontrado para preparar los platos colombianos que tanto extrano aca en Australia. Quedan deliciosos y ademas son faciles de preparar. Gracias por compartirlos en este website! :)


26 Sindy August 27, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Cooked this two days ago and it came out great! Family loved it.


27 Sandra September 22, 2012 at 10:05 AM

I’m a colombian living in USA who doesn’t know how to cook colombian food, thank you for sharing your recipes!


28 Terra October 30, 2012 at 3:19 PM

My mother-in-law adds plantains to this.


29 Joseph May 22, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Looks so good


30 robert borie August 26, 2013 at 5:59 PM

es uno de los platos que más me gustan, claro fuera del ajiaco y del sancocho, pero este me mata, uffff es delicioso
is one of the dishes that I like, right out of the melting pot and the stew, but this kills me, uffff is delicious


31 Noemí September 14, 2013 at 3:08 AM

Todo esta genial! La voy a preparar, Un saludo desde México


32 Kendra February 4, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Delicious! I made this last night and “mi esposo Colombiano” loved it! Thank you for the recipe!


33 melissa April 2, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Hey i love making this recipe but as a working mom i was wondering if i could do this on a slow cooker so it would be ready by the time i got home? If so can you please advise for how long and temperature.


34 Chris Caldwell @ World Cup of Food April 18, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Normally I wouldn’t answer a question intended for someone else, but yours led me to find:
…which has really good advice you could use. As a slow cooker fan myself, I found the article to be very helpful.


35 Chris Caldwell @ World Cup of Food April 18, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Hey! This looks great! We are doing a Colombian food feature soon and are going to be making our own pollo sudado tonight, combining features from this version with a few others. A couple of sources we found use achiote, so we’ll add some of that as well. We’ve even seen mustard and Worcestershire sauce as ingredients, but we might pass on those. Thanks for providing the world with your valuable insight on Colombian food!


36 Erica July 14, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Hi Erica,
About a year ago we stopped cooking with seasonings that contain msg, would paprika and cumin do for this recipe? Thanks


37 Erica Dinho July 14, 2014 at 6:32 PM



38 Marisa Kirksey October 2, 2014 at 4:57 AM

Weird question. . . Would pork chops work? ;)


39 Erica Dinho October 2, 2014 at 9:29 AM
40 Marisa Kirksey October 2, 2014 at 9:32 AM

You’re the best Erica!! :)


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