SUBMITTED BY: John Camacho
PHOTO BY: Kristen

"This is a typical dish from Colombia, South America. A chicken stew made with plantain and cassava that is served with a fresh tomato and onion sauce."


  • 2 1/2 quarts water
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 6 chicken leg quarters
  • 2 plantains, peeled and cut into 6 pieces
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 pounds potatoes, peeled
  • 4 pounds fresh cassava roots, cut into 6 pieces
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 4 large onions, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon mild paprika, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1 pound tomatoes, chopped
  1. Place the water into a large pot, and add 1 tablespoon salt , chopped cilantro (coriander), garlic, chicken legs, plantains, and 1 onion. Bring to a boil, and cook for about 20 minutes. Add the potatoes and cassava to the pot, and continue to cook for another 20 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.
  2. While the chicken and vegetables are cooking, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Fry the onions in the hot oil, and season with cumin, paprika, and salt. When the onions are limp, stir in the tomatoes, and remove from heat.
  3. Spoon the chicken stew into bowls, and serve topped with the tomato onion sauce.

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