Stewed Chicken with Recado

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Recado Rojo is a spice blend, the main ingredient and color is annatto, but it also includes oregano, cumin, clove, cinnamon, black pepper, all spice, garlic and salt. Annatto is a spice extracted from annatto seeds, and is what gives the Recado its distinctive color: and rich, deep red.

Recado is a very common spice blend through Belize and the Yucatan pennisula. It’s often homemade, but can also be purchased, often from local vendors or neighbors! When purchased from a local source, it’s been rolled into little spice balls, approximately an inch in diameter. Recipes will often tell you how many of these balls to use rather than measuring volume in the more traditional way, with teaspoons and tablespoons.

Stewed Chicken with Recado

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 1 - 1.5 hours
Yields: enough for 4 people


  • 1 - chicken, cut up, bone in
  • 1 ball - Recado
  • limes
  • 1 - small to medium onion
  • 2 tablespoons - oil (enough to coat the bottom of your pot)
  • 4 tablespoons - water, plus 4-6 cups to cover browned chicken


  1. With a fork, mix Recado and 4 tablespoons water in a bowl. Pour mixture over chicken. Turn chicken to make sure it is completely coated. This can be covered and stored in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.
  2. Dice Onion.
  3. Heat oil in dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot. Add onion. Add chicken pieces, brown both sides, 3-5 minutes per side.
  4. Add water to the pot until it's just below the top of the chicken. Bring to a simmer. Turn heat to low and cover, maintaining the same gentle simmer.
  5. Allow to simmer for a minimum of 1 hour, and up to 2 hours. Be sure to check chicken periodically.

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2 Replies to "Stewed Chicken with Recado"

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    Maria September 29, 2016 (3:26 am)

    I made stew chicken using this recipe it’s delicious thank for sharing !!!!!

    • comment-avatar
      postzoe October 3, 2016 (3:11 am)

      Thank you so much for your comment! I’m glad your chicken turned out well and that the recipe worked well! Let us know if there are recipes that you want to see or if you have any other comments!

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