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Pollo Saltado

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Pollo saltado is a popular Peruvian dish that is made with stir-fried chicken, onions, peppers, and rice. It is believed to have originated in the city of Lima in the early 20th century.

Pollo Saltado

Course: MainDifficulty: Medium


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Pollo saltado is a delicious and hearty dish that is perfect for a quick and easy meal. The combination of the crispy chicken, flavorful vegetables, and savory sauce is simply irresistible. Pollo saltado is typically served with white rice and a side of salad or vegetables.


  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1/2 onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced

  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon ketchup

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro

  • 1/4 cup cooked white rice

  • In a large bowl, combine the chicken, vegetable oil, soy sauce, vinegar, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, cumin, and black pepper.
  • Marinate the chicken for at least 30 minutes, or up to overnight.
  • Heat a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat.
  • Add the chicken and marinade to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the onion, garlic, and bell peppers to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the cilantro and cooked rice.
  • Serve immediately.


  • To make the best pollo saltado, use high-quality chicken breasts.
  • If you don’t have time to marinate the chicken, you can simply cook it in a skillet without the marinade. However, the marinade will add a lot of flavor to the dish.
  • If you don’t have a wok, you can use a large skillet. Just make sure to cook the chicken and vegetables in batches so that they don’t overcrowd the pan.
  • Serve pollo saltado immediately for the best flavor and texture.
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