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I have a mini Spanish lesson for you today. Pollo means chicken and a la Mexicana means Mexican style. What is Mexican style? Good question! It just means the dish will include onions, tomatoes and serrano peppers (or jalapeños).

My mother-in-law taught me this recipe. In Mexico, a la mexicana dishes are common for breakfast, lunch and dinner. That's my favorite part. You can create a variety of dishes with these 3 basic ingredients. Want to know a little secret? My mother-in-law uses Costco's rotisserie chicken when she makes pollo a la mexicana. She speaks my food language...quick, easy and inexpensive!

Here's the recipe:


2 lbs skinless boneless chicken thighs

3 golden potatoes sliced

2 roma tomatoes sliced

2-3 serrano peppers sliced (jalapeño can be used & adjust to your spice level)

2 minced garlic cloves

1 onion sliced

2 tbsp Knorr Chicken Bouillon

1 (12 oz can) of Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce

Pickled Jalapeño Juice

Salt & Pepper to taste

EVOO (olive oil)



1. Season thighs with salt and pepper. Set aside.

2. In a large sauté pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté for about 30 seconds (we don't want to burn the garlic).

3. Add chicken and sear each side until golden brown (about 4-5 minutes each side).

4. Add onions, serranos and potatoes one at a time. Sauté each for about 1 minute.

5. Add 2 tbsp of Knorr, followed by chipotles in adobo sauce (just half of the can), and a splash of jalapeño juice. Stir ingredients together to evenly distribute seasoning.

6. Add 1/4 of water, followed by the tomatoes. I add these last because they disintegrate fairly easy. Stir, cover and cook on low heat for about 20-25 minutes.

Side notes: I don't really measure the jalapeño juice. A splash is equivalent to 2-3 tablespoons for me. As for the chipotles, if you're afraid of the spice level, use the sauce. You can find chipotle adobo sauce without the actual chipotle peppers. Also, feel free to use whatever cut of chicken you like. I use thighs because they're always on sale.

Serve with rice, beans, or tortillas (all three is ok too). If you're low carb individual or tracking macros, serve as is or pair it with a simple side salad.


Xx Dee

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