Colombian-Style Fried Chicken (Pollo Frito Apanado)

Pollo Frito con Miel y Limon

What’s there not to love about Pollo Frito? I know I love it! But for some reason, I have always been a little afraid to make fried chicken at home. I just didn’t think I would be able to get it just right.

This week, I was craving some fried chicken from Frisby, a fast-food franchise in Colombia that specializes in Pollo Frito (Fried Chicken). I love to go there when I am visiting Colombia and order their wonderful crispy chicken drizzled with honey. And you wouldn’t believe all of the wonderful sides that they offer… small fried arepas, rice, salted potatoes, corn on the cob, baked plantain filled with guava and cheese, fried yuca, potato salad, coleslaw and their fantastic beans. You can’t leave the place without eating their delicious esponjados!

Here is the recipe for my first ever homemade fried chicken. It was crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. Just perfect!

Buen provecho everyone!



  • 10 pieces of drumsticks or chicken thighs
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 cup mustard
  • Oil for frying
  • Batter

  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 beaten eggs
  • 5 tablespoons  all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups bread crumbs
  • 2 Limes
  • Honey (to your taste)

Fried Chicken with Honey


  1. Rinse the chicken with cold water and pat dry with paper towels.
  2. In a small bowl, combine salt, black pepper, cumin, mustard and paprika. Rub the mixture onto the chicken. Place in a large baking dish, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 5 hours or overnight.
  3. In a 6-quart deep sauté pan over medium-high heat, heat the oil to 375F on a deep-frying thermometer. Preheat an oven to 200°F. Line a baking sheet with paper towels.
  4. o make the batter: In a bowl, combine the flour, milk, salt, paprika, cumin, black pepper and eggs and mix well. Dip the chicken into the batter.
  5. Place the bread crumbs on a plate. Dredge the chicken in the bread crumbs, shaking off the excess and set on a plate.
  6. Place half of the chicken pieces in the oil and fry, turning often and maintaining the oil temperature at 325°to 350°F, 14 to 16 minutes. Transfer to a baking sheet and keep warm in the oven. Repeat with the remaining chicken. Transfer the chicken to a serving plate, drizzle with lime juice and honey. Serve with your favorite sides.
  7. Colombian Fried Chicken

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  1. says

    The spices in the batter sound great, and the drizzled honey and lime make it look amazing! I’d love to try it with a baked plantain filled with guava and cheese.

  2. says

    Your first ever attempt at fried chicken looks like it was a huge success, Erica! I love that you drizzled the honey on it. I’ll have to try that sometime!

  3. says

    Your chicken looks perfectly cruchy. Love the use of the cumin and limes. That I’ll have to try next time I fry chicken. Though not a fan of honey on my fried chicken, which is huge in the southern US.

  4. says

    I’ve been craving fried chicken and these photos have just sent me over the edge. The next time I am hold in the evening I know what I’m making. Thanks for sharing this special recipe.

  5. says

    This sounds so delicious and I may make some for my children who would love this (not that I wouldn’t but I’ve stopped eating anything fried).

  6. says

    frisby is a great name for a restaurant chain–i like it! i think the homemade version (yours in particular) is far superior to anything you can get at a fast food establishment–impressive debut!

  7. says

    Good work on your first-ever fried chicken, Erica! You did a super job. I love the cumin in the batter and the honey/lime drizzled over the top looks delicious!

  8. says

    WHOA!!!!! Fried chicken with honey?! I had no idea there was such a combination, but now that you have mentioned it, it seems like it would be a match made in heaven! And to throw some lime in there?? Absolutely incredible. Thanks so much for the recipe – looking forward to trying it soon as we are having a picnic next weekend!

  9. says

    Look at the color on that chicken, simply gorgeous. I don’t make fried chicken enough, mainly because I hate dealing with the oil

  10. says

    Wow and I thought I was the only person in the world that drizzled honey on their fried chicken! I love that you used cumin in your fried chicken. Colombia is pretty high on my list of countries to visit and I’ll definitely have to look for Frisby when I make it down there.

  11. Mabel says

    Hi Erica, Did you use yellow mustard on the marinade? Also what kind of bread crumbs do you use? Making this dish tomorrow, I can’t wait to taste it, your recipies are awesome!


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