Pollo Mechado (Shredded Chicken)

by liliana
Pollo Mechado (Shredded Chicken)

This is a recipe for Pollo Mechado (Shredded Chicken), a Colombian dish that is often served as a main course. Mechado is a type of shredded chicken that is made from a mixture of chicken breasts and thighs that are cooked in a sauce made of fresh cilantro, garlic, red pepper and tomato. It’s perfect for a quick and easy meal, or as a simple side dish that is sure to please.

Pollo Mechado (Shredded Chicken)

Pollo Mechado (Shredded Chicken)

Serves: 4 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
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  • 1 ¼ pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ¼ cup cooking sherry
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • salt to taste
  • 1 roma (plum) tomato, chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro


1. Bring a pot of water to a boil; add chicken and cook until no longer pink in the center, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer chicken to a work surface and cool until easily handled.

2. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir onion for about 3 minutes. Add red bell pepper; cook and stir until onion and pepper are softened, about 10 minutes. Add garlic; cook and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute.

3. Cover skillet and cook onion mixture until slightly browned, 5 to 10 minutes.

4. Shred chicken using your hands and sprinkle into the onion mixture. Add sherry and capers; season with salt. Cook and stir chicken mixture until heated through and flavors have blended, 10 to 15 minutes.

5. Mix cilantro and tomatoes into chicken mixture; cook and stir until tomatoes start to break down, 5 to 10 minutes.

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