Chicken Estofado: A Rustic and Hearty Feast


Indulge in the comforting flavors of Chicken Estofado, a traditional Argentine stew that's as hearty as it is flavorful. This dish combines tender chicken, robust tomatoes, and a medley of vegetables, all simmered to perfection, creating a warm, homestyle meal perfect for any occasion.

Chicken Estofado: A Rustic and Hearty Feast

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 6
  • Serving Size: 1 bowl per person

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 350 kcal
  • Protein: 25 g
  • Carbohydrates: 20 g
  • Fat: 18 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4 g
  • Cholesterol: 80 mg
  • Sodium: 500 mg
  • Fiber: 3 g


  • Chicken thighs, bone-in and skin-on: 6 pieces (about 1.2 kg or 2.6 lbs)
  • Olive oil: 2 tbsp (30 ml or 1 oz)
  • Onion, chopped: 1 large (about 150 g or 5.3 oz)
  • Garlic cloves, minced: 4 (about 20 g or 0.7 oz)
  • Red bell pepper, sliced: 1 (about 120 g or 4.2 oz)
  • Carrots, sliced: 2 (about 200 g or 7 oz)
  • Canned diced tomatoes: 400 g (14 oz)
  • Chicken broth: 500 ml (17 oz)
  • White wine: 120 ml (4 oz)
  • Bay leaves: 2
  • Paprika: 1 tsp (2 g or 0.07 oz)
  • Salt and pepper: To taste

Method of Preparation

  1. Brown the Chicken: In a large pot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper, then brown on all sides. Remove and set aside.
  2. Sauté the Vegetables: In the same pot, sauté onion, garlic, bell pepper, and carrots until softened.
  3. Simmer the Stew: Add the tomatoes, chicken broth, white wine, bay leaves, and paprika. Return the chicken to the pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 45 minutes.
  4. Finish and Serve: Discard bay leaves. Check seasoning and serve hot.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Use Bone-In Chicken: Bone-in pieces add more flavor to the stew.
  • Deglaze the Pot: Use wine to scrape up any browned bits from the pot for added flavor.
  • Slow Cooking: Let the stew simmer slowly for tender chicken and developed flavors.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use boneless chicken?

Yes, but reduce the cooking time as boneless cooks faster.

What can I substitute for white wine?

Use additional chicken broth or a non-alcoholic wine.

Can Chicken Estofado be frozen?

Yes, it freezes well. Thaw and reheat before serving.