Cuban Pulled Chicken


Cuban Pulled Chicken
Cuban Pulled Chicken

Cuban Pulled Chicken


¼ cup dried cannellini beans

1 cup water

1 tbsp olive oil

1 onion, thinly sliced

2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp)

1 chicken breast (½ lb)

1 cup chicken broth

2 cup chopped tomatoes (1 lb)

¾ cup pureed orange

¼ cup lime juice

¾ cup dry white wine

1 tbsp cumin

1 tbsp dried oregano

1 tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

½ tsp thyme

1 cup broccoli florets

1 red pepper

¼ cup matchstick carrots

1½ cups cooked rice, hot


Cover beans with 1 cup and allow to soak for 6 – 12 hours.  Drain and rinse.

Heat olive oil in a deep skillet or saucepan over medium heat.  Add onions and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.  Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Dry chicken breast with a paper towel, add to the pan and brown on both sides.  Add broth, turn heat to high and bring to a boil.  Turn heat down to medium-low, cover and simmer chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 160℉, 6-10 minutes. Remove chicken breast from pan.

Add tomatoes, orange, lime juice, wine, cumin, oregano, salt, pepper and thyme to the pan and bring back up to a boil.  Add beans and turn the heat down to low. Simmer beans for 45-60 minutes or until tender.

While beans are cooking, shred chicken and place in the refrigerator.  Chop broccoli florets into bite-size pieces and slice red pepper.

When beans are tender, add broccoli, peppers and carrots to the pan and simmer to desired tenderness, 5-7 minutes.  Add chicken back to the pan and heat through.

Serve over hot rice.


3 servings, 450 calories per serving

Hack:  Frozen vegetables or dehydrated vegetables work well in this recipe.

Hack: Puree any leftover oranges in the blender or food processor for use in recipes such as cakes, cookies or bread.  1 orange yields about ½ cup puree, which can be sealed in a bag and stored in the freezer.



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8 Replies to “Cuban Pulled Chicken”

  1. Hi there,

    Wow, this looks so delicious; thank you for sharing!

    I was looking for a special recipe with chicken, and that’s how I found your site. I am going to prepare this dish tomorrow. I have some friends coming over for dinner; I hope I will cook it the right way. Just a question, please. Where I live, there is no broccoli at this time of the year. So I wanted to know if I can replace this ingredient with something else. If so, with what exactly? Thank you!

    1. Mushrooms would go well in this dish, as would cauliflower.  You can also just increase the peppers and carrots. Please let me know how you adjusted it and how it tasted!

  2. Hello there!

    That is an amazing piece you have there. I am happy I got to see this because I love cooking and I always want to learn how to cook different dishes. I have tasted the cuban pulled chicken before, I love the taste but I never knew how to prepare it.

    thanks a lot for teaching us how to prepare it

    1. Thank you for your comments!  I hope you’ll check back once you’ve made this and let me know how it compares to what you’ve had in the past.

  3. This is great, I really love Cuban food. One of my fellow soldiers in the Army is from Cuba and she always shared a lot of recipes with me. They are really delicious. I will definitely save this one. I am always looking for a new authentic dish to try out. Thanks for sharing.

  4. A Cuban friend gave me a week ago a Cuban sandwich. I thought, “Ok, whatever, a sandwich”. When I gave it the first bite I changed “this is The Sandwich”. It’s packed with flavorful meats and cheeses, served on crusty herbed bread. Yummy!

    My friend invited me this Friday to have dinner over at her place. And she said she would prepare Cuban Pulled Chicken. So here I am researching what it is made of so I can distinguish better all those flavors. I’m really looking forward to this dinner.

    1. I love Cuban sandwiches!  And I’m glad you found this recipe for Cuban pulled pork.  Let me know how it holds up to your friends’ version!

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