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Lighter Latin: Healthy Chicken Ropa Vieja Recipe

Today I am putting a healthy twist on a Latin classic with a lighter variation of ropa vieja. Traditionally, ropa vieja or carne desmechada is made with beef, but I made this recipe with chicken and surprise! It's just as tasty as the traditional version. Served over rice with tajadas de maduro, it's an excellent dish that the whole family will love.

Another advantage to the chicken version versus is it cuts down on prep time. You can have dinner ready in less that an hour with the chicken variation, whereas beef ropa vieja typically requires more time.

As much as I love cooking, sometimes it’s just about getting dinner on the table as simply and quickly as possible. Well, most of the time lately! When you have kids, dinnertime is definitely one the most hectic times of the day, along with the 15 minutes just before going to school in the morning! This chicken ropa vieja is an easy dish to make and it's delicious.

If you’re feeling super healthy, throw it over some spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles. But if you’re craving a hearty dish to warm up on a cold winter day, serve it over white rice with ripe plantains and avocado on the side, like I did. I ate the leftovers for lunch with arepas for three days straight and I loved every single bite. Buen provecho!

Chicken Ropa Vieja

  • 4 chicken breasts with bone
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 1 green pepper, cut into pieces
  • 1 carrot, peeled and cut into pieces
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of oil
  • 1 cup of chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup of tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato paste

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