Estofado de pollo
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Recipe: Estofado de pollo (Peruvian chicken stew)

Estofado de pollo is one of those dishes that I used to hate as a kid and now I crave when homesickness kicks in. I think the main reason I dreaded it was that my mum or aunties cooked it too often.

I think mum has forgotten my aversion to estofado because she didn’t tease me when I asked for her recipe last time I spoke to her. Turns out that her recipe is simpler than what I imagined, and I managed to make it taste virtually the same. Except that now I like it 🙂

Estofado de pollo

Estofado de pollo

This is a simple and humble chicken stew very popular in Peruvian households.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Peruvian


  • 2 tbsp ghee or oil
  • 1.85 kg chicken drumsticks
  • 1 red onion minced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1.25 cups chicken broth
  • 1 large carrot sliced
  • 2 medium potatoes diced
  • 0.5 cup frozen peas
  • salt and pepper


  • Heat the ghee or oil in a pot. Season the chicken drumsticks with salt and pepper and brown. Reserve.
  • Lower the heat, add more ghee or oil if needed and cook the onion and garlic for 5-10 minutes until very soft and translucent.
  • Add the tomato paste, chicken, chicken broth, carrot and potatoes. Stir, cover and cook until the chicken is done, about 20-30 minutes.
  • Add the peas and check the seasoning.
  • Serve with white rice and/or vegetables.
Keyword chicken, gluten free, main, Peruvian cuisine, Peruvian food, stew

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