Estofado de Pollo con Tocineta (Chicken Stew with Bacon)

by Erica Dinho on January 7, 2013

Estofado de Pollo con Tocineta (Chicken Stew with Bacon)

Estofado de Pollo con Tocineta (Chicken Stew with Bacon)

My grandmother was such an inspiration to me. She was strong, loving, generous, a wonderful homemaker. We were truly blessed when we were able to eat a meal at her house, as they were always authentic, fresh and delicious Colombian food.

A chicken dish in Mamita’s kitchen would not be based solely on the boneless breasts. The meat on the bone give the dish a flavor that boneless chicken meat cannot. Even if we only wanted to eat the breasts, she would tell us to throw in a few wings just for flavor!

Food has always been an important component in my family. Mamita always made wonderful Colombian meals every Sunday for her entire family. Those mealtimes were always filled with happiness and love. This Estofado de Pollo con Tocineta was one of my favorite dishes to have at Mamita’s house. She served it over white rice to soak up the savory sauce, with avocado on the side.

Buen provecho!

Estofado de Pollo con Tocineta (Chicken Stew with Bacon)



(4 servings)

  • 8 chicken legs
  • Salt and ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon of oil
  • 6 oz. bacon, cut into pieces
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 1 cup of crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 cup of diced carrots
  • 1 cup of green beans cut into small pieces

Estofado de Pollo con Tocineta (Chicken Stew with Bacon)


  1. Season the chicken on both sides with salt and black pepper. In a large pot over medium-high heat, warm the oil. Add the chicken pieces, in batches if necessary. Cook, turning once, until browned on both sides, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.
  2. Add the bacon, scallions, garlic, bell peppers and onion to the pot. Season with salt and pepper and cook until they are tender, about 5 minutes. Add the cumin, tomatoes, tomato paste, the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Return the chicken to the pot, reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer, about 20 minutes.
  3. Add the peas, corn, carrots and green beans. Cover and continue cooking for 10 minutes more. Uncover and simmer until the chicken is tender, about 15 minutes more. Serve warm over white rice.
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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Belinda @zomppa January 7, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Nothing like grandma’s recipe! Meat on bone always add more flavor and depth!


2 Juliana January 8, 2013 at 12:14 PM

It’s chicken looks delicious, I love the addition of bacon, it sure brings a lot of flavor to the dish.
Happy New Year Erica and have a repeat week.


3 Joan Nova January 8, 2013 at 8:32 PM

Liked your reminiscence of your grandmother and Sundays at her house. This dish looks delicious served over rice and I especially love the custom of garnishing with fresh avocado which just enriches the dish and adds freshness at the same time.


4 Anonymous January 9, 2013 at 7:51 AM

Avocado, avocado….. reminds me that we in Colombia use it in soups, bandejas, filled with seafoods, chicken it is an essential side in our meals. Now in Asia, I was ( to my delight) introduced to avocados as a fruit ( ice cream, desserts etc.) Que viva el aguacate and its thousands of uses.


5 Evelyne@cheapethniceatz January 9, 2013 at 2:24 PM

I would so love to have had a chance to enjoy a meal at Mamita’s table. Great stew, bacon is always a plus. The avocado on the side is original but I would welcome it. Happy New Year!


6 Joanna January 10, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Can you please tell me where you got those plates (casuelas). My grandmother used to give us food in them and they remind me of my childhood.


7 Erica January 10, 2013 at 6:40 PM

In Colombia.


8 Norma-Platanos, Mangoes and Me! January 12, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Erica..what I would give right now to have this. I have been so sick with the flu that the Chinese retaurant just sends me food…LOL


9 Diana January 23, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Made this one and it was very good!


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