This satisfying dish has a depth of flavor that belies its short ingredient list. Sazón seasoning typically includes coriander, cumin and oregano—look for one that also has achiote (annatto). The ground seeds of the evergreen Bixa orellana shrub, achiote gives the dish a bright orange hue. These blends, along with jarred sofrito, can be found with other Latin ingredients at most grocery stores.

EatingWell Magazine, September 2021


Credit: Leigh Beisch

Recipe Summary

25 mins
5 hrs 25 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine tomatoes with their juice, water, sofrito, peanut butter, sazón seasoning, chile powder, salt and bay leaf in a 6-quart slow cooker. Nestle chicken into the mixture. Add carrots and potatoes, pressing them into the mixture. Cover and cook until the chicken and vegetables are very tender, about 5 hours on High or 8 hours on Low.

  • Transfer the chicken to a clean cutting board. Discard the bay leaf. Shred the chicken; discard the bones. Stir the chicken into the stew.

To make ahead

Refrigerate for up to 3 days.


6-qt. slow cooker


As mirepoix is to French cuisine or the holy trinity is to Cajun dishes, a sofrito is the backbone of many Spanish, Latin American and Portuguese recipes. This blend of onions, bell peppers, tomatoes and garlic is slowly cooked in oil until the mixture is meltingly tender. There are several good, jarred store-bought options we like—Matiz Paella Sofrito and Badia Spanish Sofrito are our two top picks—which can be found with other Latin ingredients.

Nutrition Facts

1 1/4 cups
321 calories; fat 15g; cholesterol 90mg; sodium 638mg; carbohydrates 18g; dietary fiber 3g; protein 28g; sugars 4g; niacin equivalents 7mg; saturated fat 4g; vitamin a iu 4128IU; vitamin b6 1mg; potassium 593mg.