Sudado de Pollo is a chicken stew easy to make, hearty and full of flavor. Colombian sudados are usually served with white rice and avocado on the side.
The sauce is what really makes this Sudado de Pollo dish and when you mix it whit white rice it is delicious. I love it because it is truly traditional Colombian cuisine that Colombians eat every day and reminds me of my childhood every time I smell it.
This Chicken Stew is perfect for a weeknight dinner. It’s hearty and flavorful without a lot of effort. This easy one-pot meal comes together with just a few simple steps.
This chicken stew is a delicious meal made in one pot, with simple ingredients chicken, spices, herbs and vegetables all cooked in a wonderful broth.
Enjoy my chicken stew recipe with white rice and a simple avocado salad on the side to make a perfect meal.
How to Make Sudado de Pollo
Sudado is a stew made with poultry, beef or pork, spices and vegetables, simmered in liquid. You can use any combination you’d like, but this is my mom's sudado de pollo recipe and contains mostly classic ingredients:
Chicken: I recommend using drumsticks or thighs for a flavorful stew.
Oil: Vegetable or canola oil.
Vegetable: Onion, red bell pepper, garlic, tomato and potatoes.
Flavor and Spices: Chicken bouillon, sazon goya with azafran, cumin powder, salt and pepper.
Herbs: Fresh cilantro or parsley.
Water: Or Chicken broth to cook the stew.
You can also add yuca and carrots to this recipe if you want. Store any leftover sudado de pollo in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat the stew in the microwave or on the stove top.
Sudado de Pollo Recipe (Colombian-Style Chicken Stew)
- 8 chicken drumsticks or thighs without the skin
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- ½ cup chopped onion
- ¼ cup chopped red bell pepper
- 2 minced garlic cloves
- 2 cups chopped tomato
- 1 chicken bouillon
- 1 tablespoon sazon goya with azafran
- ¼ teaspoon cumin powder
- ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 8 small yellow potatoes peeled and cut in half
- 3 cups water
- In a large pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the onion and red pepper and sauté until onions are translucent, about 3 minutes. Then add the tomatoes, garlic, salt and ground pepper and sauté for 5 more minutes.
- Add the chicken, water, chicken bouillon, sazon Goya and cumin powder. Cover and cook for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the potatoes and cilantro and cook for an additional 30 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
- Serve over white rice.
Yum! This sounds wonderful. I'm adding it to my recipe box and hope to make it soon. Can one find sazon goya con azafron at most Latino markets?
You can find Sazon in any grocery store, usually. It's sold with and without achiote. The red is with achiote! Enjoy
Nowadays you can find it in any supermarket in the Spanish food or Goya foods sections
What if I am all the way in the Middle East and cannot find that spice 🙁 whats an alternate spice I could use plz ? I love your food 🙂
I make it without it and the dish is still delicious 🙂
Where in the ME? I’m here too and have quite a bit.
Use annatto powder, saffron, garlic powder, turmeric, and cumin powder
Yes you can find it, and maybe even at walmart. If there’s a Tonys Finer Foods you can find them there as well.
Alejandro Garcia Andrade
My favorite recipe to one of my favorite dishes. This recipe is perfect in my opinion and I make this at least once a week. I like to add a small diced potato to thicken the sauce in the first 25 minutes of cook time in order to thicken the sauce a bit. In the last 30 minutes I add the bigger potatoes as the recipe states. Thanks. Chef Alejandro Garcia Andrade
Mel @ bouchonfor2.com
That looks delicious. I'm going to give it a try 🙂 I'm glad I found your blog 🙂 You gave me something new to follow. I look forward to future posts!
I’ve made this like 3 times now and it’s fool proof. It’s SO good. My boyfriend loved it. We had this a lot growing up and it tastes very similar to how my mom used to make it. Definitely have this recipe on rotation!!! Thank you!
you can find sazon goya in any supermarket in the Latin aisle.
you can buy it online at the amazon store or use
turmeric or any pre-mixed seasoning powder with coloring.
Maggie, you can replace the chicken bouillon for 3 cups of chicken stock, but do not use water.
Oh wow your stew looks very delicious. I am looking forward to making this one next weekend. As I live in Tasmania, I think I might have a hard time finding some sazon goya with azafran, any idea of what I might substitute? I will try my best to find some though!
Oops, one more question...
Your ingredients says 1 chicken bouillon, do you know what this might be as a liquid measurement, like liters or milliliters?
they are sold in cubes or little powder packages . use one cube or 1 pkg. Taste! you may want to add a bit more depending on the amount of water you use. This is a light seasoning you cant really over do it.
Hi Erica, Thanks for introducing yourself via FoodBuzz. I like your blog very much. It's a nice clean and modern presentation of la comida criolla. You've got a new subscriber.
Looks awesome! I'm definitely going to try this.
I made this today--just used one large idaho potato and cut it into 6 sections b/c I didn't have any yellow ones. I also added some mushrooms to it (personal taste). It was very good!
Colombian food home made
So delicious beyond squisite
Ready to eat
Wonderful job!! I am so glad I found your web side. The receipes are amazing, you know how cook!
Keep posting more please, the pictures are so nice and they are an invitation.
Thanks for sharing your wonderful receipes.
divina la receta del pescado sudado al estilo colombiano queda sabrosimo les sugiero a los amigos y amigas que les guste cocinar que la prueben
Yasmin- Gracias por tu comentario!Me alegra que te gusto!
I made your pollo sudado today and it was amazing! I really really liked it. I'm going to have to try out the meat and fish versions of it. Is there also a pork sudado?
this a great recipe, also; at home we add a few drops of lime or lemon juice to it, it enhance the flavors!
Nothing like my traditional Colombian food! 🙂
esta receta es grandiosa, en casa le agregamos un poco de limon o lima, esto realza los zabores!!!
Nada como mi comida tipica Colombiana! 🙂
I love this dish, tried it for lunch and it was a hit! Do you get annoyed when people who have family who are Colombian spell it Columbia? As I was reading your receipes it annoyed me 😛
I made this dish for my kids, but I used chicken breast. They loved it... I am making this one again today. Thank you.
I made this just now n my husband who is american loves ittt. i dont like to cook n i dont cook but this has to be the only thing i cook for him n he goes crazy.
@Rocio... it annoys me too, i hate when ppl write down Columbia n im like nooo thats nt my country.
This sounds AMAZING!! I am always looking for something new to make for my family and I am making this today!!!!!! I cant wait to see how it taste, I do have one question if i cant find the sazon goya con azafran will sazon goya sin achiote work??? thanks
Erica I Made This Today, I Used Triguisar! I Found it On My Local Supermarket! It Was Delicious!
I made this tonight and it was wonderful! The flavor and aroma was exactly what I remembered. I've made many of your recipes and they've all been what I remember from my family in Neiva. Your site is my number one resource for Colombian cooking.
I made this last nite!!! It is just like I remembered when I used to go to the Colombian restaurants!!! Amazzzinnnggg~~!!
your website should come with a warning: "extreme cravings might occur if you are pregnant" I saw the picture and just HAD TO have it, so i packed my other 2 kids in the car and to the grocery store I went, is not done yet, but OMG it's smells delicious! I can't wait for dinner!! thanks!
I've been craving this dish for the longest. Mom used to make it when I was a kid. My wife is American, but loves latin food, so I tried your recipe, since I am 'new to the kitchen', and I didn't know where to begin, this recipe was just what I needed. Made it for dinner and it was great. Thanks so much. Any chance of getting a recipe for "Lengua en Salsa" Thanks again!!!
My husband is from Bogota and I made this for him tonight. He tried it and immediately knew what it was. He loved it! He said it brought him back to Colombia (he hasn't been there for 8 years)
How high do I put the second part
Erica, tus recetas son las mejores que he encontrado para preparar los platos colombianos que tanto extrano aca en Australia. Quedan deliciosos y ademas son faciles de preparar. Gracias por compartirlos en este website! 🙂
Cooked this two days ago and it came out great! Family loved it.
I'm a colombian living in USA who doesn't know how to cook colombian food, thank you for sharing your recipes!
My mother-in-law adds plantains to this.
Looks so good
es uno de los platos que más me gustan, claro fuera del ajiaco y del sancocho, pero este me mata, uffff es delicioso
is one of the dishes that I like, right out of the melting pot and the stew, but this kills me, uffff is delicious
Todo esta genial! La voy a preparar, Un saludo desde México
Delicious! I made this last night and "mi esposo Colombiano" loved it! Thank you for the recipe!
Hey i love making this recipe but as a working mom i was wondering if i could do this on a slow cooker so it would be ready by the time i got home? If so can you please advise for how long and temperature.
Chris Caldwell @ World Cup of Food
Normally I wouldn't answer a question intended for someone else, but yours led me to find:
...which has really good advice you could use. As a slow cooker fan myself, I found the article to be very helpful.
Chris Caldwell @ World Cup of Food
Hey! This looks great! We are doing a Colombian food feature soon and are going to be making our own pollo sudado tonight, combining features from this version with a few others. A couple of sources we found use achiote, so we'll add some of that as well. We've even seen mustard and Worcestershire sauce as ingredients, but we might pass on those. Thanks for providing the world with your valuable insight on Colombian food!
About a year ago we stopped cooking with seasonings that contain msg, would paprika and cumin do for this recipe? Thanks
If so, how much of each (I too am trying not to use msg)?
Weird question. . . Would pork chops work? 😉
Hi Marisa, here is a recipe using pork: https://www.mycolombianrecipes.com/sudado-de-cerdo-colombian-pork-stew/
You're the best Erica!! 🙂
Now i'm the best chef in my frien's circle
I was wondering if I make this recipe but do not add the potatoes, how long should I leave the chicken for it to be ready? The extra 30 minutes still? Thank you!
Im a beginner in the kitchen & tired of cooking the same thing all of the time. I wanted some sudadito like the one my Grandma makes & I ran into your page and thank God..... It tastes amazing and smells exactly like I remember.
I made this for supper tonight, and it's great! Better than my mom's 🙂 My mom is from Colombia and she knows all of these recipes, but I'm born in Canada, and although I know a few recipes, it's so great to have a resource that I can look up the recipes in english. Thanks very much!
Gracias por todas estas recetas. Yo tambien soy de Medellin y vivo en California hace 30 anos. Mi mama tambien vive aca y ya esta de edad. Se le han olvidado mucho las recetas pero quiere que yo le haga Falso Pollo ( carne de red, carne de marrano alberjas, zanahoria y era al bano Maria en un tarro de avena de aluminio). Tambien quiere albondigas rusas ( carne desmechada sin papa y creo que eran horneadas) sabes de estas recetas o quizas tu mani o tia. Me gustaria muchos hacerle estas recetas a mi mami ,las he buscado mucho pero no las encuentro, todos en la familia se acuerdan de ellas,pero no sabes las recetas. Te agradezco mucho si las buscas.Son deliciosas y me gustaria que mi mama las comiera otra vez.
Do you think I could do this in a slow cooker? What would you suggest I do differently, if anything?
Did you try it in the slow cooker? Because i was going to ask the same question And if you did what did you so differently?
Omg...I made this tonight. It's SOOOOOO good! My best friend bragged that her mother-in-law made this for her family last night, so I Googled the recipe and found this blog. I'm glad I did because I had just about everything already at home. However, my grocery store didn't sell the sazon with azafran, so I found a substitute online (1 tbsp each of ground coriander, cumin, garlic powder, ground annato seeds, garlic powder and salt). My house smells amazing and the taste is divine. I am going to try something many more of your recipes now! Thanks!
I've made this a few times and tastes just like mom makes 🙂 my only question is when you cook for 30 minutes, do I lower the heat? Because I'm not getting as much "caldo" as I'd like.
You missed the Ajiaco!!
Gracias Erica tus recetas son increíbles. Yo también quiero saber si sabes la receta de las albóndigas rusas , mi abuelita las hacía , que buenos recuerdos . Nadie de mi familia sabe la receta y se que en muchas familias en Medellín las hacían . Sabes la receta ?
Can you do this recipe in the Instant Pot? If so, are the directions and timings the same?
Made this last night for dinner— absolutely delicious! I used Lawry’s seasoned salt instead of Sazón. I found that I didn’t have very much sauce, though. I tried adding another 1/2 cup of water but it didn’t do much. Don’t get me wrong, the taste is on the money, I just wish I could have some of that juice on my rice! Anywho, I served with aguacate y limón, y la cena era perfecta!
I made this as soon as I was done reading! It is so delicious!
I’m making the chicken stew right now. I lived in Colombia for 2 years and this was a main staple in my life. I missed eating this so much !!
When I add the chicken, water, chicken bouillon, cumin powder, and sazon goya, do I let it reach a boil before I cover it or right after adding it?
It sounds very similar to Cuban "fricase de Pollo", but ours includes white wine, Manzanilla olives and raisins. Of course, we marinate it with Goya o Badia "bitter orange" and pretty much else like the Colombian style. It sounds good.