Chicken Ropa Vieja Recipe

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Aino Koistinen Modified: March 22, 2022
Chicken Ropa Vieja Recipe

How To Make Chicken Ropa Vieja

This Mexican Chicken Roja Vieja is made with crockpot chicken, tomatoes, bell pepper, and more for a filling dish that’s bursting with Latin flavors.

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 4 hours 30 minutes
Total: 4 hours 45 minutes



For Slow Cooker:

  • 3chicken breasts,boneless skinless or thighs (24 oz total)
  • ½green bell pepper,sliced
  • 1tomato,quartered
  • 1carrot,peeled and chopped
  • 5clovesgarlic,peeled and minced, divided
  • 3bay leaves
  • kosher salt

For Finishing:

  • 1tbspolive oil
  • 1small onion,sliced long
  • 1small green bell pepper,seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1small red bell pepper,seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1tbsptomato paste
  • ¼cupdry white wine,or chicken broth
  • ½cuptomato sauce
  • 2tbspSpanish green olives,optional
  • 1tspcumin
  • ¼tspgarlic powder
  • ½tspkosher salt,plus more to taste
  • black pepper,to taste
  • cilantro,chopped for garnish


  1. Place chicken, bell pepper, tomatoes, carrots, and half of garlic into the slow cooker. Add just enough chicken broth to cover the chicken and vegetables and add the bay leaves. Cook high for 4 hours, or low 6 to 8 hours, until the chicken is tender.

  2. When done, remove chicken and shred with two forks; set aside. Discard vegetables and reserve the broth for later.

  3. In a large deep skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the remaining garlic, sliced onions, green peppers, and red peppers. Cook about 3 to 4 minutes, or until soft.

  4. Stir in the tomato paste and wine, let it cook 2 to 3 minutes then add the cooked chicken, tomato sauce, and about 3/4 cup of the reserved broth to create a sauce. Season with cumin, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.

  5. Cover and simmer on low for about 8 to 10 minutes, adding more broth and seasoning if needed.

  6. Serve and enjoy!


  • Calories: 217.45kcal
  • Fat: 11.05g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.74g
  • Trans Fat: 0.09g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 5.33g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.09g
  • Carbohydrates: 8.33g
  • Fiber: 2.25g
  • Sugar: 3.78g
  • Protein: 19.62g
  • Cholesterol: 55.68mg
  • Sodium: 482.00mg
  • Calcium: 41.39mg
  • Potassium: 488.14mg
  • Iron: 1.72mg
  • Vitamin A: 152.95µg
  • Vitamin C: 41.24mg
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