“Dee Dee’s Home Run Chicken”- Pollo Guisado

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“Dee Dee’s Home Run Chicken”- Pollo Guisado “Dee Dee’s Home Run Chicken”- Pollo Guisado Recipe Courtesy of

Servings: 4-6
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 1 hour 50 min
Difficulty: Easy

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2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon sugar
2 large tablespoons sazon seasoning
1 large chicken bouillon cube, crumbled
1 whole chicken, cut up, skin removed, bone-in
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
Water, to cover chicken
Kosher salt
Red Beans and Rice (Habichuela), recipe follows

Red Beans and Rice - Habichuela:

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 strip bacon, sliced
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped acorn squash
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 large chicken bouillon cube, crumbled
1/2 cup water
1 (15-ounce) can red beans, drained
White rice, recipe follows
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish

White Rice:

2 cups water
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup medium-grain rice


In a Dutch oven, heat the vegetable oil and sugar over medium-high heat. Add the sazon seasoning and the bouillon and cook until the sugar lightly browns. Add the chicken and let it fry, stirring it around to get all the sides browned, about 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste, cumin and chili powder. Add water to just cover the top of the chicken. Let the water come to a boil and stir to make sure the tomato paste is combined. Taste the water for salt*. Cook the chicken stirring occasionally, until tender, about 45 to 60 minutes. Remove the chicken to a serving platter and coat with the cooking sauce from the pan. Serve with Habichuela.

*Cook’s Note: As the water evaporates the flavor of the salt will come through, so be careful not to add too much salt.

A viewer, who may not be a professional cook, provided this recipe. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe and therefore, we cannot make representation as to the results.

Red Beans and Rice - Habichuela:

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the oil and bacon. Stir in the garlic, bell pepper, squash, tomato paste, bouillon cube, and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover with a lid and simmer for about 10 minutes. Add the beans and simmer for another 10 minutes. Serve over white rice, garnished with cilantro.

White Rice:

In a medium pot, bring the water to a boil over high heat and add the oil and salt. Stir in the rice, cover with a lid and let cook over medium-low heat for about 20 minutes. Lower the heat for the last 5 minutes. The rice should be soft and fluffy.

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Reader Comments:


This is the Sazon een show, I have made it and used it several times the flavors are wonderful!!recipe Deedee used on Paula D 1 whole onion, whatever kind you prefer 2 whole green bell peppers 1 whole red bell pepper 1/2 cilantro stalk 1 whole garlic head 1 tablespoon oregano 3/4 cup white distilled vinegar

By joy on January 13, 2013


@Cindy Sazón seasoning comes in little packets made by Goya labeled "Sazón Goya", which you can kind find in pretty much any grocery store, except stores oriented towards natural and organic products (because there is nothing organic nor natural about Sazón Goya). It's mostly salt and MSG with a bit of food coloring. Cooks from the greater Antilles seem to rely on these little packets (which are made in New Jersey) for reasons I don't yet understand. I believe they mostly rely on it because it's cheap (especially on an island reliant on imports) and easy. You can make your own by combining equal parts of salt, garlic powder, cumin, coriander, and annoto (called achiote in Spanish, it's the ingredient in the Goya packet, besides the yellow 5 and red 40 food coloring, that adds a red hue to your food). But my Dominican fiancé would say that it's inauthentic to make your own. Whatever... Fresh or Authentic: it's your choice.

By Tristan Jackson on June 13, 2012


What are the ingredients for sazon seasoning for the home run chicken?

By cindy andrade on May 27, 2012


my husband is now a diabetic but still likes sweets so i have to be careful on sugar and salt need recipes on that line .enjoy the shows and wish we could get to savannah but with gas like it is we dont get much going. thank you

By joanne baskin on July 28, 2011

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