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Food Recipe: Basic “Sudado de Pollo” or “Sweaty Chicken”

This is a common and popular dish prepared in most homes and “almorzaderos” which are the cafes close to office blocks or universities, it always leaves you licking your lips and fingers and maybe asking for more. Its named after the way it is cooked, sweating all the ingredients together with just a little of water.Everyone has their own version of it.

I like because it is easy with no fuss and not a lot of time to cook, especially when I am hungry and with a Colombian food craving. it always brings memories of my mum's quick but delicious lunches. Hope you enjoy! Espero les guste.....!


(2 servings)
  • 2 Chicken drumsticks and thighs, (or just any piece) with or without the skin
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 Large onion chopped
  • 3 Garlic cloves chopped
  • 3 Medium tomatoes chopped
  • ¼ Teaspoon salt
  • ¼ Teaspoon ground pepper
  • ¼ Teaspoon cumin powder
Or you can substitute pepper and cumin if possible for,
  • 1 teaspoon of “Salsina EL REY” Colombian spices mix you can find it in a any Colombian market or online here.


  1. In a large pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 3 minutes. Then add the tomatoes, garlic, salt and ground pepper for 5 more minutes.
  2. Add the chicken, less than a ¼ cup of water, cumin or “Salsina”. Cover and cook for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the potatoes and cook for an additional 30 minutes at low heat, or until the potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally.
  4. Serve with white rice.

Alternative versions; add red peppers, fresh coriander, rosemary, thyme, carrots, plantain, swap water for chicken stock for extra flavour, or swap chicken for beef or even fish but that's another ground that only my mum and granny can tell us as I'm not at that level, just yet!

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