Spaghetti con Pollo y Salsa Criolla (Colombian-Style Spaghetti with Chicken)

by Erica Dinho on July 22, 2010

Colombian Style Pasta with Chicken

Today I want to share with you a pasta dish that is popular in Colombia. It is very simple and quick to make and it is delicious. No, it is not an authentic Italian dish, but a Colombian version called Spaghetti con Pollo y Salsa Criolla.

There are a lot of Colombian pasta dishes that we make with our own touch and ingredients and this dish is one of them. I hope you all enjoy it!

Buen provecho!



(4-6 servings)

  • 1 pound thick spaghetti
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 4 cups of cooked and shredded chicken
  • Queso fresco or parmesan cheese to serve
  • Salsa Criolla

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 large tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup red pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup green pepper, diced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt the water and cook the pasta al dente.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, in a large skillet heat the oil over medium heat. Add the salsa criolla ingredients and cook stirring often, for about 10 to 15 minutes or until the consistency is smooth. Set aside.
  3. Drain pasta and add to the skillet. Add the shredded chicken and pour chicken stock over the pasta and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Toss the spaghetti to coat evenly with the sauce. Top with cheese and serve immediately.
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{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sandi July 22, 2010 at 9:39 AM

that looks really good and I would definitely like to try it


2 Belinda @zomppa July 22, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Pollo y salsa?? Perfect combination!!


3 Lynda July 22, 2010 at 10:51 AM

This looks like a perfect and delicious meal! It’s also quick to put together, which is a big plus. I’m going to be making this.


4 Gloria July 22, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Erica this look really delicious! lovely recipe!


5 Baking is my Zen July 22, 2010 at 6:49 PM

Pasta!! Can never have enough…great recipe.



6 Joy July 22, 2010 at 8:45 PM

That is so tasty looking and inviting! I can’t wait for lunch ~ I want it for breakfast.


7 Tracey@TangledNoodle July 22, 2010 at 9:46 PM

Authentic or not, this looks wonderful! The salsa criolla is so much more than just plain old tomato sauce. 8-)


8 peanutts July 22, 2010 at 11:33 PM

yumm, looks delish


9 grace July 23, 2010 at 6:32 AM

i got pretty excited seeing the ingredients in that sauce–they’re a perfect flavor combination and i have them all on hand! great dish!


10 Barbara July 23, 2010 at 6:51 AM

What a lovely (and simple) pasta recipe, Erica! It looks marvelous and as far as I’m concerned, the easier the better in the summer!


11 norma July 23, 2010 at 9:37 AM

Simple but full of flavor. Great picture.


12 Erica July 23, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Thank you everyone for the comments!


13 iizzii January 9, 2013 at 10:18 AM

How do you prepare the chicken??


14 Erica January 9, 2013 at 11:18 AM

For this dish I usually cook chicken breast with bone in water with spices and vegetables, but you can use store bought roasted chicken.


15 rebecca subbiah July 23, 2010 at 4:08 PM

oh this looks wonderful bookmarking it lol


16 Chris July 23, 2010 at 4:36 PM

WOW! That looks stunning, Erica. Not only is it a great picture, the recipe sounds just fantastic. I love how the sauce is clinging to the chicken.


17 Joanne July 24, 2010 at 8:47 AM

I love fusion dishes, especially when they involve pasta! There is so much flavor stuffed into this – can’t go wrong there!


18 Oysterculture July 24, 2010 at 10:11 AM

This dish looks delicious with all the spices and shredded chicken. Cannot wait to give it a try.


19 Velva July 24, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Erica, this looks really good. I love pasta and these ingredients really rock.


20 tasteofbeirut July 25, 2010 at 3:56 PM

yummy! It looks delicious and the addition of peppers is a wonderful idea especially now, when they are so plentiful.


21 Juliana July 26, 2010 at 4:21 PM

Erica, this pasta dish with chicken looks delicious, great for a weekday meal :-)


22 Faith July 26, 2010 at 5:55 PM

What a great pasta dish! It looks like a great way to use up leftover chicken, which I always have in the fridge! Delicious!


23 Ariana July 27, 2010 at 3:56 PM

mmm ihtt does look good && im only 16 good thing i know how tew cook this is goin to be my schoolproject because i have to research some south american dish…thank you:)


24 Luz Adriana July 28, 2010 at 2:09 AM

This look so yummy….Delicious. Thanks,


25 Anna July 29, 2010 at 2:40 AM

Lovely dish Erica, your picture looks awesome. Very yummy.


26 melissa October 19, 2010 at 10:19 AM

Making this tonight :)


27 Diana Lopez November 16, 2010 at 10:45 AM

Had this for dinner last night and as usual, it was amazing. I cooked the chicken/stock as per Erica’s instructions found in her Chicken and Rice (Arroz con Pollo) recipe which is also fabulous. I’m thinking of making this again with shrimp! ¡Gracias Erica! =)


28 Ruby January 9, 2011 at 2:25 PM

Thank you so much for publishing recipes with s true Colombian flavor. I have visited so many websites that included recipes from our beautiful country and not one of them were as true to the flavor as yours. Being from Cartagena, I do admire and enjoy our cuisine. Thanks again for your website!!!


29 Paul May 25, 2011 at 6:50 PM

How about Colombia chicken spegetti with rice


30 Paul May 25, 2011 at 6:54 PM

How about Colombia chicken spegetti made with rice instead of pasta


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