Asopao De Pollo: A Puerto Rican Dish

This past weekend, we caught some kind of stomach bug. I was very sick and could hardly eat and slept most of the day. On Monday, my husband requested Asopao De Pollo which is  a Puerto Rican dish that originates from Africa. It’s like a soup but with less water/broth. A delicious comfort food. Having never made this dish before, I had to look it up. I found a recipe on El Boricua. This recipe called for a whole chicken, which I did not have so I used 3 chicken breasts. Instead of sweet peas, I decided to add habichuelas (red beans) to the mix.


· 1-1/2 cup short-grained rice
· 3 garlic cloves, pressed
· 2 peppercorns
· 2 medium onions, peeled
· 2 sweet chili or banana peppers
· 4-6 culantro leaves or 6-8 sprigs of cilantro (fresh coriander)
· 2-1/2 teaspoon salt
· 3 tablespoons plus one teaspoon olive oil
· 1 whole chicken cut into pieces
· 1/2 teaspoon oregano
· 1/2 cup tomato sauce
· 8 cups water or chicken stock
· 1 cup of frozen sweet peas
· 1 4-ounce can of whole, roasted pimento peppers, sliced
· 1 can asparagus tips

Rub the chicken with salt, pepper and oregano and one teaspoon olive oil and set aside for 30 minutes. In the blender, purée the garlic, onions, peppercorns, chili peppers culantro and sweet peppers, with the remaining olive oil. In a large caldero, sauté the sofrito purée for 5 minutes over medium-low heat. Brown the chicken pieces to seal in their flavor. Add the tomato sauce and the chicken stock or water to the chicken and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Rinse the rice under cool running water until it runs clear. Drain the rice and stir into the soup pot. Raise the heat and bring to a boil once more. Reduce heat to medium and cook uncovered for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the peas and cook for an additional 5-10 minutes or until the asopao is as liquid or dry as you prefer. Heat the sliced pimentos and the asparagus in their juices. Drain and use to garnish each plate of asopao. (Serves 6)

The Beauty Branch: Asopao De Pollo


It came out delicious and I definitely had seconds. I was surprised it turned out good. My husband is usually the one who cooks around here. :)

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  • Tricia Wehner

    that’s yummy !

    • Sabrina Ramirez

      It was! Try the recipe. :)

  • Jenna Sweeps

    That looks incredible!

    • Sabrina Ramirez

      Thank you. Try it sometime. :)

  • Megan Browne

    That looks delicious

    • Sabrina Ramirez

      Thank you. It was delicious! :)