Pollo a la Llanera (Llanera-Style Chicken)

by Erica Dinho on June 3, 2010

Pollo a la Llanera

This dish was inspired by a traditional Colombian recipe from the Llanos  zone of the country called “Conejo a la Llanera” (Llanera-Style Rabbit) . To be perfectly honest with you I don’t eat or cook rabbit. They are too cute and I happen to love the Easter bunny ;-). So, I made this delicious Colombian dish using chicken instead, but if you like rabbit you can use the same ingredients for the sauce.

Serve it with plain white rice or your favorite vegetables on the side.

This is a wonderful family meal. Buen provecho!

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(4-6 servings)

  • 1 chicken, about 5 lb., cut into 8 serving pieces
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 4 Tbs. olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 onion,thinly sliced
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 2 1/2 large red bell pepppers, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon chopped habanero pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh pasrley
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • salt and pepper


  1. Marinate chicken: Place the chicken in a  large bowl. Stir in 1 tablespoon olive oil, 2 garlic cloves, salt, pepper and cumin. Toss chicken within marinade until coated. Cover, put in the fridge and marinate for at least 1 hour.
  2. n a large saucepan over medium-high heat, warm 3 tablespoons the olive oil until almost smoking. Working in batches, brown the chicken on all sides, 3 to 4 minutes total.
  3. educe the heat to medium-low and add the remaining garlic cloves, onions, tomatoes, red pepper and habanero pepper to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally. Cover and simmer until the chicken is very tender, about 1 hour. Sprinkle fresh parsley and serve warm.
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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Gera @ SweetsFoodsBlog June 3, 2010 at 10:43 AM

Like to know more about Colombia! So difficult to cook rabbit as you say, only in chocolate :)
Scrumptious chicken version Erica!




2 Belinda @zomppa June 3, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Mmm…………looks great. Gera – you crack me up. Chocolate chocolate. =)


3 Ivy June 3, 2010 at 12:18 PM

I made rabbit last week and you’ll hate me when you read my recipe. Lambs are also cute animals so are many other and yet we eat them. We would never eat pet rabbits but these are farm bred especially for this purpose. Anyway, love the ingredients and both dishes would be equally delicious.


4 Erica June 3, 2010 at 12:58 PM

Ivy- You are right!!!! I love meat, poultry and seafood, but I can’t eat rabbit or duck. I think that pigs are cute too, but I eat them anyway :)


5 sanyukta gour(bayes) June 3, 2010 at 12:54 PM

what a bful color…..looks yum n delcious….great mouthwatering dish..


6 Soma June 3, 2010 at 2:32 PM

missed a lot of posts.

Oh please do not talk of eating rabbits ;-) my yard is full of them and they are too cute to even think of eating them.

Even without the rabbit the dish is perfect here. I love the heat of the habanero, yummmm!!


7 Oysterculture June 3, 2010 at 4:58 PM

What an absolutely yummy sounding recipe, its added yo my ever growing list of Erica recipes to try. I am backed up at the moment, we’ve been out of town but I’m seeing several posts of yours that have me itching to get back in the kitchen and will read and savor them soon!


8 Joanne June 3, 2010 at 6:31 PM

I love all of the fresh flavors in this dish! And yeah I don’t know how I feel about eating rabbit…chicken it is!


9 Faith June 3, 2010 at 7:14 PM

I’ve actually never cooked rabbit either, so I love how you used chicken instead! :) Delicious meal!


10 Christine @ Fresh Local and Best June 3, 2010 at 9:36 PM

Chicken is a great substitute for rabbit, it is more meaty, so you end up with something better.


11 Erica June 3, 2010 at 10:14 PM

Thank you everyone for the comments.


12 Anh June 4, 2010 at 1:44 AM

I will try this with rabbits (because they are tasty ;)). But it looks awesome also with chicken!


13 grace June 4, 2010 at 5:08 AM

i must agree–bunnies are too adorable to even consider consuming! chicken is just fine with me, and this is a great preparation of it–thanks!


14 5 Star Foodie June 4, 2010 at 8:35 AM

Sounds like a delicious preparation, I love the addition of habanero pepper. Although I’ve had rabbit before, I have never had the courage to make it at home :)


15 Amber @ Pampered Recipes June 4, 2010 at 9:49 AM

A lot of stuff tastes like chicken…probably because I eat it too much! Mmmmm rabbit…


16 Maria June 4, 2010 at 10:17 AM

Simple, fresh and flavorful! A lovely chicken dish with lots of flavor yet light for these warm days of early summer.


17 norma June 4, 2010 at 10:20 AM

I love Bugs Bunny and the Easter Bunny too. Great recipe, simple to make and full of flavor.


18 Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen June 6, 2010 at 4:34 PM

Sounds delicious!


19 tasteofbeirut June 6, 2010 at 7:52 PM

This is a delicious recipe for a chicken as well; I did eat rabbit before (in France) but I won’t seek it out! It reminds me of a chicken dish I used to make a lot with peppers, called poulet marengo.


20 Erica June 6, 2010 at 11:11 PM

Thank you :)


21 Kim June 7, 2010 at 10:07 AM

I agree with you. I don’t eat rabbits either and I don’t think I ever will. This does look like a fantastic dish. I bet that habanero pepper really spices things up :)


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