Chicken ropa vieja

    1 hour 25 min

    Ropa Vieja is a mainstay of the Cuban-American diet. It's traditionally made with steak, but this recipe uses chicken breast and is still fantastic; the leftovers are even better. It is wonderful served with white rice and fried plantains.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 675g skinless, boneless chicken breast fillets
    • 1 small onion, quartered
    • 1 tomato, quartered
    • 1 carrot, peeled and cut into 2.5cm pieces
    • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
    • 1/2 green pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
    • 1/2 red pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
    • 4 tablespoons tomato puree
    • 4 tablespoons dry white wine
    • 1 teaspoon ground cumin, or to taste
    • salt and pepper to taste

    Prep:40min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hr25min 

    1. Place chicken, onion, tomato, carrot and 2 cloves of garlic into a large pot. Add water to cover, then bring to the boil. Skim and discard the foam that has floated to the surface. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer uncovered until the chicken is tender, 30 to 40 minutes. Place the chicken into a bowl and shred it into strips as thick as a pencil; set aside. Strain the cooking liquid and discard the vegetables.
    2. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Stir in the garlic, onions, green peppers and red peppers. Cook and stir until the vegetables have softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in tomato puree, white wine, chicken and enough of the reserved stock to create a thick sauce. Season with cumin, salt and pepper. Simmer for about 5 minutes more to reduce the sauce slightly and coat the shredded chicken.


    The chicken breasts may be cooked in a slow cooker, covered, on High for 3 to 4 hours.

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    I am the author of this recipe. I agree with one of the reviews, stating that it came out bland. I always add 2-3 tbsp cumin - hence "to taste".  -  25 Mar 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    My boyfriend really enjoyed this recipe, but only after I added lots of Adobo seasoning, garlic powder, and cumin after I tasted it. I still feel that it is a really great base recipe, and a great idea to use healthier chicken breast as opposed to steak. I am making it again tonight!  -  15 May 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I doubled the sauce portion of this recipe and served it with black beans and rice and fried plantains. It turned out great!  -  28 Sep 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)