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Picana de Pollo
(Chicken stew - traditional Christmas dish)

(Serves 8)


1 chicken, cut into eight pieces
2 cups white wine
1/2 cup green peas, peeled
1 bay leaf
1 cup white onion, thinly sliced
1 cup tomato, peeled and minced
3 carrots, cut into strips of four
1 fresh chili pepper, cut into eight pieces
1 small thyme branch, minced
1 small celery stick
1/4 cup parsley, finely minced
3 whole-grain black pepper
11/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups water or broth
8 whole potatoes, peeled
16 round slices corn on the cob
1/2 cup raisins (optional)


  1. Put all ingredients in a large casserole, except potatoes. Mix very well. Add potatoes so that they are on top of all other ingredients.
  2. Cook over low heat for two to three hours.
  3. In a deep serving plate, serve a piece of chicken, potato and corn round slices with enough broth.


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