Pollo Guisado a la Jardinera (Braised Chicken with Vegetables)

by Erica Dinho on September 25, 2012

Pollo Guisado a la Jardinera (Braised Chicken with Vegetables)

Pollo Guisado was one of the most popular dishes in my house when I was growing up. This dish is very easy to prepare, full of flavor, and it is absolutely delicious! I love serving this with white rice on the side to soak up the rich and wonderful sauce.

Pollo Guisado a la Jardinera (Braised Chicken with Vegetables)

Use bone-in, skin-on chicken for best results. You can use boneless chicken, but it won’t be as flavorful due to the absence of the bones.

Buen provecho!



(4 servings)

  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 8 skin-on chicken legs or thighs
  • 3 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup of chicken broth
  • 2 cups of tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup green beans, cut into bite size
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Pollo Guisado a la Jardinera (Braised Chicken with Vegetables)


  1. Season the chicken with the lemon juice, salt and pepper. Set aside for 15 minutes. In a sauce pan over medium-high heat, warm the oil. Working in batches, brown the chicken on both sides, about 9 minutes per batch. Transfer to a plate.
  2. Add the onion and bell pepper to the same sauce pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook about 1 minute more.
  3. Add the broth, tomato sauce, sugar, cumin and oregano and bring to a boil, scraping up the browned bits from the pan bottom.
  4. Return the chicken to the pot, reduce the heat to low, and add the carrots and green beans. Cover and simmer until the chicken is cooked, about 25 to 30 minutes. Sprinkle fresh cilantro and serve over white rice.
  5. Pollo Guisado a la Jardinera (Braised Chicken with Vegetables)

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 rebecca September 26, 2012 at 1:25 PM

this looks like it would be popular at our house too


2 Biz September 26, 2012 at 4:46 PM

That looks delicious!! Pure comfort in a bowl. :D


3 Evelyne@CheapEthnicEatz September 26, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Wonderful dish and I adore how vibrant the colors are. Definitely bone in!


4 Barbara September 27, 2012 at 6:09 AM

I love dishes with so much color, Erica. This looks fabulous. And perfect over rice.


5 Norma-Platanos, Mangoes and Me! September 27, 2012 at 9:15 AM

The colors are bright and a wonderful homey dish…


6 Chris September 29, 2012 at 6:46 PM

That velvety sauce looks so wonderful!


7 Mely October 3, 2012 at 2:28 PM

You have the best collection of traditional Colombian recipes and Colombian-inspired food! I made this dish yesterday and I loved the taste and the color. Wonderful dish


8 Andrea October 3, 2012 at 9:00 PM

I made this dish the day you published it – it came out amazing!!! Hubby had seconds and did not stop raving about it. I tried to comment from my iPad but I can only seem to comment from my MacBook.


9 Ana October 4, 2012 at 7:37 AM

Erica, acabe de cocinar el pollo guisado a la jardinera. Delicioso
muchas gracias por todas las recetas me ayudan mucho. Yo soy de
Villavicencio-Colombia. Vivo in Utah, necesito una receta con Lamb. Le
estoy muy agradecida por sus recetas. Muchas gracias. Ana.


10 Erica October 4, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Thank you for the comments and feedback!


11 Paola March 1, 2014 at 9:08 PM

Hola ,,, yo soy de Tulua, valle del Cauca … Vivo en Hartford, CT…. prepare esta receta y me quedo riquisima,,, aprecio muchisimo este website con nuestra comida tipica …. Gracias


12 Karen June 4, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Hi Erica! In the ingredients you list 3 garlic cloves. Just wondering are these whole cloves or minced? I am looking forward to making this next week. :)


13 Erica Dinho June 4, 2014 at 4:46 PM



14 Karen June 10, 2014 at 7:54 AM

Thank you! Made this last night and it came out wonderfully as your recipes always do! <3


15 Erica Dinho June 10, 2014 at 9:02 AM



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