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Pollo Frito a la Criolla Recipe

Pollo Frito a la Criolla is a Cuban fried chicken recipe marinated in a delicious lime and orange juice and garlic combination. Cooked in a pan until the skin is crispy, served over rice.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Marinating Time3 hrs
Total Time4 hrs
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, Cuban
Keyword: como hacer pollo frito, pollo frito receta, receta de pollo frito
Servings: 6
Calories: 414kcal
Cost: $12



  • 3 pounds bone-in skin-on chicken thighs and drumsticks
  • 4 large garlic cloves peeled
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 large yellow onion peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup olive oil plus more if needed
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine

For Serving:

  • 1 lime cut into wedges
  • Cooked rice for serving


  • Place the chicken in a large mixing bowl. Using a mortar and pestle (or you can use the back of a chef's knife), mash the garlic. In a measuring cup or medium bowl, add the garlic cloves, dried oregano, cumin, salt, pepper and orange and lime juice; stir until combined.
  • Pour the marinade over the chicken pieces, top with the sliced onions, and refrigerate, covered, for at least 3 hours or overnight.
  • Remove the chicken and onions from the marinade, drain and pat dry. Reserve the marinade for later use.
  • Heat the olive oil in a 6-quart cast-iron or heavy-bottomed pot over medium high heat until hot but not smoking. Working in batches, brown the chicken on both sides until the fat is rendered, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Do not overcrowd the pot. Replenish the oil as needed. Set aside the browned chicken pieces.
  • Pour out all but 2 tablespoons of the oil and saute the reserved onions in the pot until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the reserved marinade and wine and bring to a simmer. Return the browned chicken pieces to the pot and lower the heat.
  • Cook, partially covered, until the chicken is cooked through, 25 to 30 minutes. Serve with wedges of lime and rice.


Serving: 6g | Calories: 414kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 485mg | Potassium: 713mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 62IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 2mg