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Chicken Ropa Vieja (Shreded Chicken) |mycolombianrecipes.com

Chicken Ropa Vieja

Erica Dinho
5 from 13 votes


  • To cook the chicken
  • 4 chicken breasts with bone
  • 1 onion quartered
  • 1 green pepper cut into pieces
  • 1 carrot peeled and cut into pieces
  • 4 cloves garlic peeled
  • Salt and pepper
  • Sofrito
  • 1 tablespoon of oil
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 large red bell pepper seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup of chicken broth
  • ¼ cup of tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup capers


  • In a pot, place the chicken, 1 onion, carrot, green pepper, and 4 cloves of garlic. Add water to cover the chicken, add salt, pepper and cook over medium heat for about 30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked.
  • Measure and strain 1 cup of the liquid used to cook the chicken and set aside.
  • Remove the chicken from the pot, let it cool and shred with a fork or your hands.
  • In a large sauce pan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the remaining garlic, onions and red pepper. Cook about 5 to 7 minutes, or until tender. Add the cooked and shredded chicken, tomato sauce, tomato paste, reserved broth, capers, salt, pepper and cumin. Cover and cook on low for about 10 minutes, adding more broth and seasoning if needed, stirring occasionally.
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