Pollo Encebollado (Chicken in Onion Sauce)

Chicken with Onion Sauce

It’s popular in Colombia to cook meat or poultry in Onion or Tomato Sauce. My mom made this dish all the time with a variety of different meats and we all loved it! It is the perfect weeknight meal, because it is cheap, easy, simple, fast and full of flavor. Serve it over white rice, pasta or just potatoes and vegetables on the side. This dish in particular can be made with beef or pork as well.

I am not usually such an onion-lover, but this onion sauce is absolutely fantastic. So good that the next time I make this, I’m going to double the batch of sauce, and I think you should too! If you have any leftovers, make an onion quesadilla, mix them into mashed potatoes, put them on top of crostini or just eat them with a spoon at the stove. The onions are sweet, tender and wonderful!

Buen provecho!

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(4 servings)

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 8 chicken legs, bone in and skin on
  • Salt and ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1⁄2 cup red wine (optional)
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce


  1. n a deep sauté pan over medium heat, warm the olive oil and butter.
  2. eason the chicken with salt and pepper. Add the chicken to the pan and brown on all sides, about 7 minutes. Transfer to a platter.
  3. dd the onion to the pan and cook until tender and translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the chicken, garlic, thyme, wine, stock, cumin and Worcestershire and bring to a boil.
  4. educe the heat to low, cover and simmer until the juices run clear when the chicken is pierced with a knife, about 30 minutes. Serve immediately.
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  1. Marta says

    Que delicia, recuerdo que mi abuela le echaba tomates tambien…
    Que bueno que encontre tu pagina! algunas veces me coge esa necesidad de cocinar comida de “casa” y cuando no puedo contactar a mi mama, no hay de otra que buscar en internet, tus recetas son lo mas cercano a mis memorias de la cocina de mi abuela y mi mama! gracias!

  2. Angelica says

    My sauce is way too runny there was still a lot of stock once 30 min past and I followed instructions I skipped the wine though ,any idea why?

  3. Christina Pardo says

    I’ve made this dish twice. Once for my roommates ( colombiana and the other is Peruvian) and another for a guy friend. Everyone loved this dish. My roomate is begging me to prepare her chicken this way. The guy I cooked fpr is impressed with my skills ☺I added potatoes to this dish to help thicken the sauce. I also used soy sauce because l was out of Worcestershire sauce. Always comes out excellent. I paired this dish with lime cilantro rice.

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